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George W. Thomas

George Washington Thomas Jr. (March 9, 1883 – March 6, 1937) was an American blues and jazz pianist and songwriter. He wrote several influential early boogie-woogie piano pieces including "The New Orleans Hop Scop Blues", "The Fives", and "The Rocks", which some believe he may have recorded himself under the name Clay Custer.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1885 (Pine Bluff), Died 1936 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, piano, songwriter, leader

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37212 10-in. 12/8/1926 Lonesome room blues Sodarisa Miller Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano composer  
Victor BVE-37213 10-in. 12/8/1926 I keeps my kitchen clean Sodarisa Miller Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano composer  
Victor BVE-37237 10-in. 12/14/1926 Muscle Shoals blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-37682 10-in. 2/14/1927 Dead drunk blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and harmonica composer  
Victor BS-99355 10-in. 2/25/1936 Bedroom blues Joe Pullum Male vocal solo, with trumpet, guitar, and piano composer  
Columbia 81832 10-in. 6/18/1924 Muscle Shoals blues Alabama Joe ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia 81838 10-in. 1/21/1924 Houston blues Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81839 10-in. 1/21/1924 Muscle Shoals blues Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W142440 10-in. 7/14/1926 Bed room blues Ethel Bynum Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W142441 10-in. 7/14/1926 Rest yo' hips Ethel Bynum Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano lyricist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia W150132 10-in. 3/27/1930 New Orleans hop scop blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet composer, lyricist  
OKeh 8485 10-in. Oct. 1923 Sweet baby doll King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 8490 10-in. Oct. 1923 Up the country blues Eddie Heywood ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh 8491 10-in. Oct. 1923 Shorty George blues Eddie Heywood ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer  
OKeh 8964 10-in. Feb. 1925 Morning dove blues Joe Oliver ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano composer  
OKeh 9167 10-in. May 1925 Worried down with the blues Hersal Thomas ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh 9168 10-in. May 1925 Fish tail dance Hersal Thomas ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9169 10-in. May 1925 Wash woman blues Thomas' Muscle Shoal Devils Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 9170 10-in. May 1925 Morning dove blues Thomas' Muscle Shoal Devils Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 9472 10-in. 11/11/1925 Sunshine baby Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9473 10-in. 11/11/1925 Adam and Eve had the blues Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
OKeh 9474 10-in. 11/11/1925 Put it where I can get it Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble lyricist, composer  
OKeh 9475 10-in. 11/11/1925 Wash woman blues Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer  
OKeh 9476 10-in. 11/11/1925 I've stopped my man Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer  
OKeh 9560 10-in. 3/3/1926 I feel good Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano lyricist, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomas, George W.," accessed May 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110888.

Thomas, George W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110888.

"Thomas, George W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110888

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