Papa Charlie Jackson

Papa Charlie Jackson (November 10, 1887 – May 7, 1938) was an early American bluesman and songster who accompanied himself with a banjo guitar, a guitar, or a ukulele. His recording career began in 1924. Much of his life remains a mystery, but his draft card lists his birthplace as New Orleans, Louisiana, and his death certificate states that he died in Chicago, Illinois, on May 7, 1938.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1885 (New Orleans), Died January 1st, 1938 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, banjo

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-34180 10-in. 12/28/1925 Shake that thing Busse's Buzzards Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-80613 10-in. 6/14/1934 At the break of day Big Bil Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-80614 10-in. 6/14/1934 I want to go home Big Bil Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia 141188 10-in. 10/24/1925 Shake that thing Jim Dandies Jazz/dance quartet composer  
Columbia W141203 10-in. 10/28/1925 Salty dog Fowler's Washboard Wonders Instrumental quartet composer  
Columbia W141429 10-in. 12/23/1925 Shake that thing Ethel Waters ; Pearl Wright Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W142252 10-in. 5/26/1926 Salty dog Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143116 10-in. 11/8/1926 Coal man blues Peg Leg Howell Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143929 10-in. 4/7/1927 Salty dog blues Allen Brothers Vocal and instrumental duet composer, lyricist  
Columbia W145367 10-in. 12/10/1927 Corn liquor blues Lewis Black Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar composer  
OKeh 73837 10-in. 12/15/1925 Shake that thing Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E2046-E2048 10-in. 1/6/1926 Shake that thing Viola McCoy Female vocal solo, with violin, cornet, and piano composer  
Brunswick E5022-E5023 10-in. 5/11/1927 Salty dog blues McGee Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E5024-E5025 10-in. 5/11/1927 Salt Lake City blues McGee Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E17824-E17827 10-in. 2/1/1926 Shake that thing Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 10930 10-in. 4/16/1926 "Shake" Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jackson, Papa Charlie," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106245.

Jackson, Papa Charlie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106245.

"Jackson, Papa Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106245

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