Pee Wee Hunt & His Orchestra

Straight from Dixie

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Pee Wee Hunt's 1948 hit, "Twelfth Street Rag," was for many years the biggest seller in Capitol Records' history. That tune and 11 others make up the album Straight from Dixie, a showcase for Hunt's Dixieland jazz sound and expert trombone playing. Although the hits that bore Hunt's name were instrumentals, he was also a vocalist who sang on several popular recordings while a member of the Casa Loma Orchestra in the '30s. Here he turns in vocal performances on "Bessie Couldn't Help It" and "The Darktown Strutter's Ball," but otherwise sticks to his horn on a set of spirited Dixieland revival pieces from one of the leading instrumentalists of the 1930s-1950s.