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McMurray's California Thumpers


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Feat. Loren McMurray


Recorded in New York City on September 4th 1922 featuring Phil Napoleon cornet, Miff Mole trombone, Loren McMurray alto sax, John Cali banjo, Frank Signorelli piano, and Jack Roth drums.

*"Oogie Oogie Wa Wa (Won't You Be My Little Eskimo)" was composed by Archie Gottler, with words by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie.

The "California Thumpers", originally a contingent of the "Eddie Elkins' Orchestra" led by Loren McMurray, were replaced by a studio band for this session.

This novelty tune, recorded on September 9th 1922 was the last of the four recordings with members of the Eddie Elkins' band to appear under Loren McMurray's name. He would pass away less than a month after this record was made on October 29th; just ten days after his 25th birthday.

At the time of his death Loren McMuray's recordings as a leader had attracted the attention of Victor Records' executive Eddie King who had big plans for the young saxophonist. -Sadly it was not to be.

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