John C. Spikes
John Curry Spikes (July 22, 1881 – June 28, 1955) was an American jazz musician and entrepreneur.
Along with his brother Reb Spikes, John ran a traveling show band in early 1900s. At one point, Jelly Roll Morton was a member of the band. The Spikes brothers were performing in San Francisco around 1915, under the name The Original So-Different Orchestra, with Reb Spikes billed as the "World's Greatest Saxophonist". Around 1919, they settled in Los Angeles, where they started a music store, a nightclub, an agency and a publishing house.
They were the first to record an all-black jazz band in 1922. In 1927, they shot a short sound film that predated The Jazz Singer, the first full-length sound film. Their most enduring musical collaborations were writing the lyrics to Morton's Wolverine Blues and their own composition, Someday Sweetheart, which has become a jazz standard.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 22nd, 1881, Died June 28th, 1955
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 36 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-37254||10-in.||12/16/1926||Someday sweetheart||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-38174||10-in.||3/16/1927||Someday sweetheart||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-92707||10-in.||7/13/1935||Someday sweetheart||Benny Goodman Trio ; Gene Krupa ; Teddy Wilson||Jazz/dance trio||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-026071||10-in.||9/1/1938||Someday sweetheart||Paul Martin's Soothing Music ; The Three Cheers||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-040261||10-in.||7/7/1939||Someday sweetheart||Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier]||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||81655||10-in.||3/27/1924||Someday sweetheart||Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Dolly Kay||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W143258||10-in.||1/4/1927||Someday sweetheart||Charleston Chasers||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144765||10-in.||10/15/1927||My mammy's blues||Reb Spikes Majors and Minors||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W144766||10-in.||10/15/1927||Fight that thing||Reb Spikes Majors and Minors||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||144805||10-in.||9/28/1927||Someday, sweetheart||Original Indiana Five||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144864||10-in.||10/14/1927||Someday sweetheart||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Columbia||W150479||10-in.||4/17/1930||Someday sweetheart||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||8498||10-in.||Oct. 1923||Some day, sweetheart||Jelly Roll Morton's Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-71533||10-in.||May 1923||You'll never have no luck by quittin' me||Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-71534||10-in.||May 1923||I'm gonna see you when your troubles are just like mine||Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||W80325||10-in.||1/21/1927||Someday sweetheart||Eddie Lang ; Boyd Senter||Clarinet solo, with guitar and piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||W400349||10-in.||2/25/1928||Someday, sweetheart||Emerson Black||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||songwriter|
|Brunswick||C530||10-in.||7/23/1926||Some day, sweetheart||Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||C2614||10-in.||11/30/1928||Some rainy day||Abe Lyman ; Sharps and Flats||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||C2640||10-in.||12/6/1928||Some rainy day||Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||C2819||10-in.||1/17/1929||Some rainy day||Nick Lucas||Male vocal solo, with trumpet, guitar, and piano||composer|
|Brunswick||C656-C657||10-in.||9/17/1926||Someday sweetheart||Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||C1414-C1415||10-in.||1/9/1928||Someday sweetheart||Royal Hawaiians ; Sam Ku West||Instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LAE431||10-in.||3/25/1929||I’m smiling with a broken heart||Henry Starr||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||E4224-E4225||10-in.||12/11/1926||Someday sweetheart||Evelyn Thompson||Female vocal solo, with violin, guitar, and piano||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spikes, John C.," accessed July 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113920.
Spikes, John C.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113920.
"Spikes, John C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 July 2021.
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