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Armand J. Piron

(August 16th 1888 - February 17th 1943)


Armand John "A.J." Piron was born in New Orleans in 1888 where he was a talented violinist and composer. In 1915 he became the publishing partner of Clarence Williams and in 1919 wrote his best known composition "I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate". In 1917 after a brief tour with W.C. Handy, Piron returned to his hometown where he formed his own orchestra and found jobs at a variety of venues from amusement parks to all white country clubs.

Striving for National success in 1923 Armand Piron took his orchestra to New York City and landed a residency at the Roseland Ballroom. However the band grew homesick and voted to leave hastening their return early the following year.

Videos:

Bouncing Around (2:50)

Kiss Me Sweet (2:42)

Mama's Gone, Goodbye (3:00)

New Orleans Wiggle (2:53)

Sud Bustin' Blues (3:13)

West Indies Blues (2:57)

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