Joshua Altheimer

Joshua Altheimer (May 17, 1910 – November 18, 1940) was an American pianist who is remembered for accompanying Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson and others on influential blues recordings made in Chicago in the 1930s. He was described by Broonzy as "the best blues piano player I ever heard", and by blues historian Hugues Panassié as "the greatest blues pianist on records".

Birth and Death Data: Born May 17, 1910 (Arkansas), Died November 18, 1940 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-034792 10-in. 5/15/1939 This time is my time Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034793 10-in. 5/15/1939 Booker T blues Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034794 10-in. 5/15/1939 Good old Easy Street Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034795 10-in. 5/15/1939 I believe I'll make a change Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034796 10-in. 5/15/1939 Wasn't he bad Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034797 10-in. 5/15/1939 Diggin' my potatoes Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034798 10-in. 5/15/1939 I love my baby Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034799 10-in. 5/15/1939 That will get it Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034810 10-in. 5/17/1939 Got to reap what you sow Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034811 10-in. 5/17/1939 Big Katy Adam Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034812 10-in. 5/17/1939 Against my will Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034813 10-in. 5/17/1939 Talking to myself Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034814 10-in. 5/17/1939 Hard drivin' woman Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034815 10-in. 5/17/1939 Keyhole blues Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034816 10-in. 5/17/1939 Somebody been talking to you Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-034817 10-in. 5/17/1939 One time blues Jazz Gillum ; Jazz Boys Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044045 10-in. 11/2/1939 Why women go wrong Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044046 10-in. 11/2/1939 She's only a woman Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044047 10-in. 11/2/1939 She's my Mary Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044048 10-in. 11/2/1939 Nothing but a rat Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044049 10-in. 11/2/1939 Trust your husband Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044050 10-in. 11/2/1939 Jersey belle blues Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044051 10-in. 11/2/1939 The loveless blues Lonnie Johnson Take 1: Male vocal solo, with guitar and pianoTake 2: Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044052 10-in. 11/2/1939 Four o three blues Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-049196 10-in. 5/17/1940 I been dealing with the devil Sonny Boy Williamson Male vocal solo, with harmonica, piano, and drums instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Altheimer, Joshua," accessed July 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108443.

Altheimer, Joshua. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108443.

"Altheimer, Joshua." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 July 2024.

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