Without wishing to comment on these in particular, Mayo Williams is a very
likely candidate for any miscellaneous speech on sessions for which he was A
& R man. He can often be heard on the Brunswick/Vocalion hokum sessions he
supervised and so can his secretary, Aletha Dickerson.
Mayo was with Paramount from sometime in 1924 until March 1927, then ran
his own Chicago Record Company (Black Patti) until September, when he moved
to Brunswick. He was head of Race recording at Decca form its foundation in
1934 probably until the recording ban. This doesn¹t of course mean that he
personally supervised every session, or that he never moonlighted!
on 10/06/2008 01:43, John O at spacelights@...
> To my ears, the spoken exhortations on William Moore's "Old Country
> Rock" (20323-1) and "Raggin The Blues" (20324-1) are by the same
> person who speaks on Blind Blake's "Doggin' Me Mama Blues" (20517-2,-3).
> Since the first two tunes are the only Moore tunes credited to "Moore
> and Williams" and the voice differs from Moore's, I'll venture a guess
> that the speech is by J. Mayo Williams. And while currently listed as
> xylophonist Bertrand, it would seem likely that Williams speaks on the
> Blake record as well (the voice doesn't match that of Rev. M.L.
> Gipson, on the subsequent matrices).
> Intriguingly--and perhaps in support of Bertrand speaking on both
> sessions above--"Sweet Papa Low Down" (20888-1), an isolated Blake
> band side with Bertrand, melodically follows Moore's "Ragtime
> Are there any (other) recorded examples of speech by Bertrand or
> Williams from this era?
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