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During the 1930s a remarkable series of  jazz, blues and hokum records were made under the name, Washboard Rhythm Kings. 

The Washboard Rhythm Kings never existed outside the studio and had no fixed personnel, but a roster of good though mostly obscure musicians . . . some unknown even to this day.  The musicians were hired for quick pick-up sessions by a variety of record labels between about 1930-36. 

The discs remain excellent examples of talented players sharing a general outlook and attitude, improvising music on the spot.  The resulting loose swinging jazz and hokum is treasured by collectors today . . .  and still great fun to hear. 

I can highly recommend the 3 volume Washboard Rhythm Kings CD series from Collectors Classics;  I drew from this rich collection to help document these wide-ranging sessions.

HARD CORN  --  Williams Washboard Band, 1933 78 RPM
MINNIE THE MOOCHER  --  The Five Rhythm Kings, 1931
ONE MORE TIME  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings,  1931
WALKIN’ MY BABY BACK HOME  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1931
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1931
PLEASE TELL ME  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1931
YOU RASCAL YOU  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1931
CROOKED WORLD BLUES  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1931
CALL OF THE FREAKS  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1931
I’M CRAZY ‘BOUT MY BABY  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1931
BLUES IN MY HEART  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1931

SHOOT ‘EM  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1931
WAKE ‘EM UP  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1931
PEPPER STEAK  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1931
NOBODY’S SWEETHEART  --  Georgia Washboard Stompers, 1933 78 RPM
MY PRETTY GIRL  --  Georgia Washboard Stompers, 1933 78 RPM
SHOUTIN’ IN THE AMEN CORNER  --  Georgia Washboard Stompers, 1933

KELSEY’S HOT NUTS  --  Williams Washboard Band, 1933
IF YOU WERE ONLY MINE  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1932
WHO STOLE THE LOCK  --  Chicago Hot Five, 1931
THE BOY IN THE BOAT  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys , vocal Ghost Howell, 1932
I’M GONNA PLAY DOWN MY THE OHIO  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1932
UNDERNEATH THE HARLEM MOON  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1932
IKEY & MIKEY --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
TIGER RAG  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
DEPRESSION STOMP  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932

ALL THIS WORLD IS MADE OF GLASS  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
HUMMIN’ TO MYSELF  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
SLOPPY DRUNK BLUES (BEALE St. BLUES)  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
A NICKEL FOR A PICKEL  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
FIRE  --  Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1932
BUG A BOO  --  Georgia Washboard Stompers, 78 rpm
IT DON’T MEAN A THING  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1932

YES SUH!  --  The Rhythm Kings,1932
OLD YAZOO  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1932
WAH DE DAH  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1932
BLUE DRAG  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1932
SYNCOPATE YOUR SINS AWAY  --  The Rhythm Kings, 1932
I GOT RHYTHM  --  Clarence Profit Trio, 1939
HUSTLIN’ AND BUSTLIN’ FOR BABY --  Washboard Rhythm Band, 1932
MIDNIGHT RHYTHM (MOTEN SWING)  --  Washboard Rhythm Band, 1933

ST LOUIS BLUES  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1933
LAZY BONES  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1933
SOME OF THESE DAYS  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1933
DOG AND CAT  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1933
OLD MAN BLUES  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1933
MISSISSIPPI BASIN  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1933
FAREWELL BLUES  --  Georgia Washboard Stompers, 1934
TIGER RAG  --  Georgia Washboard Stompers, 1934
THE SCAT SONG  --  Washboard Rhythm Boys, 1932

Hokum is both a musical style and outdated slang for low humor or nonsense, flim-flam, bunkum.

As a musical form Hokum refers to something  less than a jazz band, usually with a skiffle or washboard rhythm and a couple of strings or horns.  Generally upbeat, Hokum borrows loosely from blues, jazz, medicine and tent show, or jug and string band genres.  The lyrics often revel in crude humor and suggestive metaphor. 

The best-known artists of Hokum were the Harlem Hamfats (with New Orleans roots), the bawdy Lil Johnson, Clarence Williams’ washboard bands, and some of the small-band music recorded by artists from the south side of Chicago in the late 1920s like Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Bertrand, Banjo Ikey Robinson or the female-impersonator, Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon. 


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