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Muscle Shoals Blues

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Recorded in New York City during March 1922 featuring W.C. Handy cornet & leader, Johnny Dunn cornet, George Williams trombone, James Osborne and Robert Young clarinet & alto sax, Jim Turner, Edward Wyer, and Paul Wyer violins, Bobby Lee piano, George Higgans guitar, Ike Hatch banjo, and Sy Moore drums.

*"Muscle Shoals Blues" was composed by George W. Thomas.

During a recording trip to New York organized by Paramount Records the W.C. Handy band performed this important early blues composition written by pianist and songwriter George W. Thomas. Thomas was a one-time partner of Clarence Williams in the music publishing business back in New Orleans. In 1916 he published "The New Orleans Hop Scop Blues" a twelve-bar blues credited as one of the earliest Boogie-woogie piano pieces, thus establishing himself as a serious composer. George's younger brother Hersal Thomas often worked playing piano in the sporting houses of Storyville before his untimely death in 1926.

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