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Tal Henry's 1928 Vitaphone

Tal Henry & His
North Carolinians


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"The North Carolinians"


This 1928 Vita-phone film short features "Tal Henry's North Carolinians" consisting of Tal Henry violin & leader, Doc Dibert and Gordon Martin cornet, Chet Lincoln trombone, Walter Brown clarinet & alto sax, Francis Ellsworth clarinet & tenor sax, Walter Fellman clarinet, soprano, & alto sax, Paul Kenestrick piano, Harold Madsen guitar & vocals, Ivan Morris banjo, Chester Shaw brass bass, and Charlie Hudson drums.

The three tunes performed are "Come On Baby", "Shame On You", and "Milenberg Joys".

In early 1919 Tal Henry began playing with the "Frank Hood Orchestra" in Greensboro, North Carolina. He took over the band in 1924 forming his "North Carolinians" and secured a booking at Greensboro's O’Henry Hotel. After months on the road they wound up playing the Mound Club in St. Louis, Missouri where Tal signed on with the Orchestra Corporation of America. Doing so brought the orchestra under exclusive contract with the Hotel New Yorker, the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, and a number of Baker Hotels in Texas. When the band was in New York Dorsey brothers, Tommy and Jimmy would often attend their practice sessions. By the mid-1920s Tal's group was nationally known thanks to their extensive touring and Victor, Bluebird, and Sunrise Records releases.

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