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James 'Stump' Johnson

(January 17th 1902 December 5th 1969)

James "Stump" Johnson was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1902 and moved with his family to St. Louis around 1909. A self taught pianist he established himself as one of the most popular entertainers of the city's red light district.

Although he was mainly a blues pianist Stump Johnson scored his biggest hit with his 1929 recording of the hokum party song "The Duck's Yas-Yas-Yas".


The Duck's Yas Yas Yas (2:55)

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