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2904Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: Chas. Thomas

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  • Howard Rye
    Jun 30, 2006
      on 30/6/06 6:29, David Brown at johnhaleysims@... wrote:

      > An obvious source for discographical info. on Big Charlie would be
      > Clarence. He was sure around till discographical days and must have been
      > contacted for his input to the Rust/Allen '' King Joe Oliver'. Is there any
      > interview material with Clarence extant ? Howard ?

      Whatever there is will have been used in Tom Lord's Clarence Williams, so I
      think we can be sure nothing relevant survived. Bill Russell saw Clarence's
      files in their original state in the late 30s, but was unfortunately mainly
      interested in Oliver. By the time people with broader interests got back to
      him the files had succumbed to various disasters natural and otherwise,
      including theft by collectors, a common occurrence in the 40s and 50s which
      made many potential informants deeply suspicious of the ofays who had
      appointed themselves custodians of yesterday's blues.

      Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
      Tel/FAX: +44 20 8521 1098
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