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"The Ramblers' Debut"


This side was recorded in New York City on November 17th 1921 featuring Oscar Adler violin & director, Lloyd Baker and unknown trumpet, Jim Gilliland trombone, Jimmy Duff clarinet, unknown alto & tenor sax, Preston Sargeant piano, Ray Kitchingman banjo, Jose Torres tuba, and Max Macintosh drums.

(The unidentified trumpet, alto, & tenor sax were played by William Borchers, Fred Conard, and Francis Longon, however it is unclear who played what).

This was the first disc ever cut by the "California Ramblers". "-To Flip Over The Record Click Here.

*"The Sheik Of Araby" was composed by Ted Snyder, with lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Francis Wheeler. The song was written in response to the popular Rudolph Valentino film "The Sheik".

In the fashion of the times a group of eleven New York musicians were organized at the Vocalion recording studio under a locality based band name that hadn't yet been used, the "California Ramblers." On that historic November day they became one of the first jazz orchestra assemblies to appear on record.

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