6485Re: [RedHotJazz] Authentic washboard band, Argentinian jazz from 1926
- Dec 19, 2008
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> Leecan was born & bred in Philly, but does anyone have any ideas about his
> buddy, Robert Cooksey?
The liner notes to Document DOCD 5279 by John Wilby say :
"An article from the February 23, 1926 edition of the New York Times
discovered by Sherwin Dunner describes Cooksey as 31 years old at the time.
This would indicate a birthdate sometime in 1894. His birthpace remains
unknown, though as we will see the tune titles on this and the companion
volume (DOCD-5280) gives us many clues as to Cooksey's and Leecan's
The next volume explains, at a time Leecan's birthpace was probably unknown,
that some of Leecan's titles and lyrics contained several allusions to
Georgia and the Macon area (because of Macon Georgia Cut Out I guess, thus
not applying to Cooksey... and what he made of Memphis Shake, Kansas City
Shuffle, and Dallas Blues, I have no idea ;-)
BTW, the excellent Wash-board Cut Out is on the "companion" volume, DOCD
5280, and the single track is also available as a download on various sites.
For a better sound quality, maybe the (mostly blues, with a bit of pre-war
country music and a touch of Gospel ) compilation Times Ain't What They Used
To Be vol. 2 (Yazoo 2029) could also be recommeded.
No futher details I could find on any other disk or book.
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