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Gus Cannon

Gustavus "Gus" Cannon (September 12, 1883 or 1884 – October 15, 1979) was an American blues musician who helped to popularize jug bands (such as his own Cannon's Jug Stompers) in the 1920s and 1930s. There is uncertainty about his birth year; his tombstone gives the date as 1874.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 12th, 1883 (Mississippi), Died October 15th, 1979 (Memphis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: banjo, jug, leader, vocalist, composer, speaker, lyricist, songwriter

Notes: With Hosea Woods, sometimes credited as The Beale Street Boys.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41803 10-in. 1/30/1928 Minglewood blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-41804 10-in. 1/30/1928 Big railroad blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-41805 10-in. 1/30/1928 Madison Street rag Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-41806 10-in. 1/30/1928 Springdale blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, composer, instrumentalist, jug, vocalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-45013 10-in. 5/7/1928 The girl that lived on Pole Cat Creek Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-45014 10-in. 5/7/1928 A red-headed widow was the cause of it all Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-45015 10-in. 5/7/1928 Love is a ticklish thing Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-45016 10-in. 5/7/1928 Don't get one woman on your mind Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-45480 10-in. 9/5/1928 Ripley blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-45481 10-in. 9/5/1928 Pig ankle strut Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo, jug  
Victor BVE-45482 10-in. 9/5/1928 Noah's blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-45483 10-in. 9/5/1928 Hollywood rag Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-47001 10-in. 9/8/1928 Heart breakin' blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-47002 10-in. 9/8/1928 Feather bed Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer, instrumentalist, jug, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BVE-47064 10-in. 9/20/1928 Cairo rag Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-47065 10-in. 9/20/1928 Bugle call rag Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo, jug  
Victor BVE-47066 10-in. 9/20/1928 Viola Lee blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-47067 10-in. 9/20/1928 Riley's wagon Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer, instrumentalist, jug, vocalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-56316 10-in. 10/1/1929 Last chance blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and talk speaker, instrumentalist, jug, leader, banjo  
Victor BVE-56317 10-in. 10/1/1929 Tired chicken blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and talk vocalist, leader, speaker, composer, instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-56318 10-in. 10/1/1929 Going to Germany Cannon’s Jug Stompers ; Noah Lewis Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and talk instrumentalist, banjo, leader  
Victor BVE-56319 10-in. 10/1/1929 Walk right In Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet and talk speaker, vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-56339 10-in. 10/3/1929 Mule get up in the alley Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, jug, banjo, vocalist  
Victor BVE-56340 10-in. 10/3/1929 The rooster's crowing blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo speaker, instrumentalist, jug, banjo  
Victor BVE-56341 10-in. 10/3/1929 Jonestown blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, jug, vocalist, speaker, banjo, composer  
Victor BVE-56342 10-in. 10/3/1929 Pretty mama blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, jug, speaker, banjo  
Victor BVE-64708 10-in. 11/24/1930 Bring it with you when you come Cannon’s Jug Stompers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo, leader, lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-64709 10-in. 11/24/1930 Wolf River blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo, leader, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-64746 10-in. 11/28/1930 Money never runs out Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble leader, lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-64747 10-in. 11/28/1930 Prison wall blues Cannon’s Jug Stompers Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W143313 10-in. 1/17/1927 Echoes from around the old cabin door Willard Hodgin Banjo solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W145696 10-in. 2/29/1928 Engineer Joe Banjo Joe Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W145697 10-in. 2/29/1928 I'm just a ramblin' gambler Banjo Joe Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh W81830 10-in. 11/17/1927 My little brown jug and banjo Mountain Dew Dare Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh W81831 10-in. 11/17/1927 Courtin' the widow Mountain Dew Dare Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh W81832 10-in. 11/17/1927 The folks in Sleepy Hollow Mountain Dew Dare Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh W81833 10-in. 11/17/1927 Don't love a smiling sweetheart Mountain Dew Dare Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Brunswick C4337 10-in. 9/12/1929 Last chance blues Gus Cannon ; Hosea Woods Male vocal duet, with banjo and guitar songwriter, instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Brunswick C4338 10-in. 9/12/1929 Fourth and Beale Gus Cannon ; Hosea Woods Male vocal duet, with banjo and guitar songwriter, instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist  
Brunswick E23227 10-in. 5/18/1927 Uncle Ned Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Brunswick E23228 10-in. 5/18/1927 The kingdom comin’ Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison 18279 10-in. 3/3/1928 A red-headed widow was the cause of it all Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison 18280 10-in. 3/3/1928 The girl that lived on Polecat Creek Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison 18356 10-in. 4/2/1928 Quit knockin' on the jail house door Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison 18357 10-in. 4/2/1928 The judge done me wrong Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison 18540 10-in. 5/28/1928 Love is a ticklish thing Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison 18541 10-in. 5/28/1928 An ugly gal's got something hard to beat Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison N-160 10-in. 4/2/1928 Quit knockin' on the jail house door Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison N-161 10-in. 4/2/1928 The judge done me wrong Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison N-278 10-in. 5/28/1928 Love is a ticklish thing Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison N-279 10-in. 5/28/1928 An ugly gal's got something hard to beat Willard Hodgin Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cannon, Gus," accessed December 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107502.

Cannon, Gus. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107502.

"Cannon, Gus." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107502

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