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Offline coco

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Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:52:45 AM »
Hey folks, Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith guitar player??

I 've heard 3 songs from Bessie and i'm sure is the same guitar player, but i can't find information from him.

You can hear it on: 

Easy Come, Easy Go Blues
Frosty Morning Blues
Mean Old Bedbug Blues


I'm Tryin' to play the songs by ear and it's hard to play that kind of bass lines, i love it...

It will be great to know more about that guitar player... i was thinkin maybe Lonnie Johnson... but it sounds different to me.

Thanks!

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2010, 11:14:01 AM »
The only help that I can offer is that the songs mentioned can be heard at: http://www.redhotjazz.com/bessie.html

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2010, 11:22:38 AM »
According to Blues and Gospel Records

1 & 2 - Harry Reser
Bedbug - Lincoln Conaway

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010, 11:42:06 AM »
According to Blues and Gospel Records

1 & 2 - Harry Reser
Bedbug - Lincoln Conaway


What do you mean "according to Blues and Gospel Records"?

I've heard some banjo tunes from Harry Reser, but never guitar.. do you know some songs playin the guitar?

Thanks !!!

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2010, 11:50:12 AM »
I mean that the book Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943, 4th edition, lists Reser and Conaway as the guitarists on those songs. Whether that is the latest discographical information on these Bessie Smith recordings, I don't know. B&GR is usually taken as the primary resource for discographical information but some of it gets updated occasionally, either in other publications, errors pointed out here etc. I'm no Bessie Smith expert, nor knowledgeable about Reser or Conaway, hence "according to".

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2010, 11:55:34 AM »
I mean that the book Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943, 4th edition, lists Reser and Conaway as the guitarists on those songs. Whether that is the latest discographical information on these Bessie Smith recordings, I don't know. B&GR is usually taken as the primary resource for discographical information but some of it gets updated occasionally, either in other publications, errors pointed out here etc. I'm no Bessie Smith expert, nor knowledgeable about Reser or Conaway, hence "according to".


Ok, thanks Uncle Bud, now i know who was playin the guitar on those songs... !!!

now i need to hear 50 or 80 times the songs to play them !  XD

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2010, 01:08:34 PM »
That's easy.
It was Robert Johnson, there's concert footage and a promotional video and everything.  ;)

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2010, 01:14:52 PM »
That's easy.
It was Robert Johnson, there's concert footage and a promotional video and everything.  ;)


?HAHA, it was BB king !

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2010, 06:17:04 PM »
Harry Reser the great Banjo Virtuoso? I guess it must be. Yazoo had an album of his stuff that was loads of fun.
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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2010, 08:03:01 PM »
Harry Reser the great Banjo Virtuoso? I guess it must be. Yazoo had an album of his stuff that was loads of fun.

Fairly busy bass lines on the two tunes featuring Reser. Some quirky playing from Conaway on Bedbug - my copy sounds like it was remastered using a front-loading washing machine.

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2010, 09:38:38 AM »
UB

I (and Brian Rust) agree with you , it's Harry Reser and Lincon M Conaway.

And, for your delectation bet you didn't know (neither did I) that there were Lincon M Conaways Rag Pickers with the fabled Lincon M conaway on steel guitar, Clarence Conanway on Uke (get that PP, a uke, they do exist then!) and the redoubtable Sterling Conaway on guitar. There is no answer to it is there really  :-X

I have to correct you, it was twin-tub washing machine, they came in in aril 1921.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2010, 09:39:45 AM by Richard »
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2010, 11:43:47 AM »
Are there any extant recordings of Conaway's band?
I'm a Ukulele addict, and happy that way.

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2010, 05:46:12 PM »
Blues & Gospel Records (see the weeniepedia entry) has a handy 'index to accompanists'.

Reser only gets credited for the two Bessie Smith sessions.

Lincoln M. Conaway was on a few other sessions on steel guitar and guitar. All are dated the same year, 1924, and many sessions also feature Porter Grainger and Fletcher Henderson. Note a couple of the same song titles cropping up:

Ethel Finnie; Hula Blues
Rosa Henderson; Goin Home, West Indies Blues
Dolly Perkins; My Doggone Lazy Man, 'Tain't A Doggone Thing But The Blues
Clara Smith; I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, I Don't Love Nobody (So I Don't Have The Blues), My Doggone Lazy Man
Lena Wilson w/Lincoln M. Conaway's Rag Pickers; Hula Blues, Four-Flushin' Papa (You've Got To Play Straight With Me)

There are no sessions listed for Lincoln M. Conaway's Rag Pickers as the primary artist, so far as I can see.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2010, 05:56:38 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2010, 01:43:44 AM »
Of course the the one we really want to hear is the '24 unissued Bessie on Banjo blues with Porter G piano, John Michell banjo and Clarence Conaway on uke  :P
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Somebody knows who was Bessie Smith Guitar player ???
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2010, 06:12:01 PM »
I think Conaway toured in Europe with various jazz/dance bands in the 1920s.

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