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Ladd's Black Aces


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Feat. Vernon Dalhart


This record was cut in New York City on January 29th 1924 featuring Vernon Dalhart vocals, Harry Gluck trumpet, Miff Mole trombone, Ken 'Goof' Moyer clarinet & cymbal, unknown piano, and John Cali banjo.

"Ladd's Black Aces" was a pseudonym for the "Original Memphis Five."

*"Nine O'Clock Sal" was written by Jack LeRoy, Billy Mays, Jim Leary and Nelson Ingham.

Popular singer and songwriter from Texas, Vernon Dalhart (born Marion Try Slaughter on April 6th 1883) would prove to be a major influence in the field of Country Music. Dalhart's 1924 recording of "The Wreck of the Old 97", a classic American railroad ballad about the September 27th 1903 derailment of the Southern Railway's Fast Mail train No. 97 near Danville, Virginia, for the Victor Talking Machine Company, became a run-away hit alerting the national record companies to the existence of a sizable market for country-style vocals. It was the very first Southern ballad to become a national success. The double-sided single eventually sold more than seven million copies, a colossal number for a mid-1920's recording. It was the best-selling single of its time, and the biggest non-Holiday hit in the first seventy years of recorded music.

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