Home
Tip Jar
Contact
Search this site
Frisco Jazz CDs
Broadcast Awards
NY Festivals 2014
Gabriel Award 2011
Gabriel Award 2009
Gabriel Award 2004
Golden Reel 2003
Golden Reel 2002
Golden Reel 2001
Alguire, Danny
Armstrong, Lil Hardin
Armstrong, Louis
Bagatelle jazz bar
Bardin, Bill
Bales, Burt
Basie, Count
Bearcats archive
Bechet, Sidney
Beiderbecke, Bix
Berigan, Bunny
Berkeley Jazz Houses
Berry, Byron
Blumberg, Jerry
Bolden, Buddy
Bruce, Bobby
Burp Hollow tapes
Butterman, Ted
Carter, Benny
Casa Loma Orchestra
Cattolica, Vince
Chace, Frank
Cheatham, Doc
Christian, Charlie
Christmas Jazz
Clancy Hayes Archive
Clayton, Buck
Club Hangover Archive
Club Hangover Rarities
Coleman, Bill
Colman, Bunky
Cowboy Jazz
Dane, Barabara
Dart, Bill
Ellington, Duke: Live
Ellington, Duke: Tribute
Erickson, Bill
Erickson, Bill: Archive
Ekyan, Andre
Fitzgerald, Ella
Goodman, Benny
Goodwin, Jim
Goudie, Frank Big Boy
Goudie in Paris
Goudie's Paris
Goudie's San Francisco
Goudie, Frank: Music Pt 2
Goudie, Frank: Music Pt 3
Great Pacific Jazz Band
Halloween Jazz
Hampton, Lionel
Handy, WC
Hayes, Clancy
Helm, Bob
Hines, Earl Fatha
Holiday, Billie
Honeybucket tapes
Horne, Ellis
Jazz Guitar Pioneers
Johnson, Bunk
Johnson, James P.
Joplin, Janis: Jazz tapes
Lang, Eddie
Larks Club tapes
Lyttelton, Humphrey
McDonald, Stan: Programs
McDonald, Stan: Bio
McDonald, Stan: Bonus
Men of the Blues
Mielke, Bob
Misc Topics I
Misc Topics II
Monkey Inn Gang I
Monkey Inn Gang II
Morton, Jelly Roll
Murphy, Spud
Murphy, Turk
Napier, Bill
Nods Taproom
Noone, Jimmie
NORK
Oakland A's Swingers
ODJB
Oliver, Joe King
Ordinary, The tapes
Oxtot, Dick
Oxtot Golden Age JB
Piano & Boogie Kings
Pier 23 tapes
Pioneer Village
Price, Sammy
Reinhardt, Django
Rose, Wally
Russell, Pee Wee
Scheelar, Earl
Scheelar tape archive
Shaw, Artie
Sissle, Noble
Skjelbred, Ray
Smith, Bessie & Rainey, Ma
Smith, Jabbo
South, Eddie
South Frisco JB archive
Stanton, PT '50s-'60s
Stanton, PT 1970s
Strickler, Benny: Frisco
Strickler, Benny: Tulsa
Spanier, Muggsy
Teagarden, Jack
Violin Jazz
Vintage JAZZ RHYTHM
Waller, Fats
Washboard Rhythm Kings
Watters, Lu
West Coast Trad Jazz
Williams, Clarence
Women of Jazz
Women of Jazz (AUDIO)
Yerba Buena Jazz Band
Yerba Buena archive
YBJB Phil Elwood
Young, Lester
Radlauer books
Writing and Essays







WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS

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.


WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS 1A.mp3
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

WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS 1B.mp3
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
   


WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS 2A.mp3
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

WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS 2B.mp3
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
    


WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS 3A.mp3
SENTIMENTAL GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA  --  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

WASHBOARD RHYTHM KINGS 3B.mp3
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.