Various Artists

Tin Pan Alley Blues: 1916-1925

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The Memphis Archives label has mixed together some fairly common blues performances with some real oddities, blues as performed by vaudevillian performers. In addition to the original Dixieland Jazz Band ("Home Again Blues"), Trixie Smith, Bessie Smith and Edith Wilson, there is Marie Cahill singing "The Dallas Blues" (from 1917), the very early "Homesickness Blues" from Nora Bayes in 1916 and even a rare example of Eddie Cantor singing blues. Obviously the music is not for everyone's taste but collectors of early American music will find this CD to be quite interesting.

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