The Rhythm Wreckers

This small band was formed in Los Angeles, California for some record dates in 1937/8 and might well have owed a debt to band leader and drummer Ben Pollack. Playing an intriguing mix of early country…
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This small band was formed in Los Angeles, California for some record dates in 1937/8 and might well have owed a debt to band leader and drummer Ben Pollack. Playing an intriguing mix of early country music, blues and lively jazz, their personnel included Muggsy Spanier (cornet), Ben Kantor (clarinet), Garry McAdams (guitar), Whitey McPherson (vocals), and either Pollack or Graham Stevenson (drums). Among the sides they cut are ‘Never No Mo’ Blues’, ‘Blue Yodel No. 2’, also known as ‘My Lovin’ Gal Lucille’, and ‘St. Louis Blues’. On another session, whereon Pollack’s presence becomes speculative, they recorded ‘Red Headed Music Maker’ and ‘Blue Yodel No. 1’. McPherson was again on hand and this time the band included the steel guitar of Danny Stewart. Their third date brought ‘Blue Yodel No. 3’, ‘Desert Blues’, also known as ‘Wind Swept Desert’, and ‘September In The Rain’. The singer on the last title is Pauline Byron (or Byrne). The group’s final known record date, from which came ‘Brakeman Blues’ and ‘Old Fashioned Love’, is even more spottily archived. Apart from McPherson the only known musician on the session is Irving Fazola, the respected clarinet player.