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Mary Stafford & Her Jazz Band


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Feat. Nelson Kincaid


This song was recorded in New York City in early March of 1921 with Mary Stafford vocals, Addington Major cornet, Earl Granstaff trombone, Ben Whittet clarinet, Nelson Kincaid alto sax, Charlie Johnson piano, George Breen violin, and unknown banjo, bass brass, & tenor saxophone.

In January 1921 cabaret singer Mary Stafford became the first African American woman to record for Columbia Records. She toured widely throughout the mid-Atlantic in the 1920's and into the 1930's. At New York's Lafayette Theater she appeared in 1931's "Rocking Chair Revue" and "Dear Old Southland" the following year. These two shows would be her last. After her run at the Lafayette came to an end she moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey giving up show business to work outside of music for the remained of her life. She is thought to have died there circa 1938.

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