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Nobody's Sweetheart

McKinney's Cotton Pickers


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Recorded in Chicago on July 12th 1928 featuring John Nesbitt and Langston Curl trumpets, Claude Jones trombone, Don Redman clarinet, alto sax & director, Milton Senior clarinet & alto sax, George Thomas clarinet, tenor sax, & vocals, Prince Robinson clarinet & tenor sax, Todd Rhodes piano, Dave Wilborn banjo, Ralph Escudero tuba, and Cuba Austin drums.

*"Nobody's Sweetheart" was composed by Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel, with lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman. Published in 1924 by Mills Music Company the first recording of the song was produced by "Isham Jones & His Orchestra" on February 22nd of that year and was subsequently released on the Brunswick label.

It went on to be a huge hit of the 1920's and would rapidly become a favorite standard among jazz bands.

"McKinney's Cotton Pickers", who formed as a hot studio group, were urged by record company executives to record popular hits which in turn were reinvented as hot jazz masterworks.

On this particular side the powerful yet creative scat vocalization of reed man George Thomas does much to bring the heat.

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