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    ... CLARENCE JOHNSON DISCOGRAPHY compiled by Andrew E. Barrett, 2010-2011 primary source: Jazz Records 1897-1942 (4th revised and enlarged edition) by Brian
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      CLARENCE JOHNSON DISCOGRAPHY

      compiled by Andrew E. Barrett, 2010-2011

      primary source: "Jazz Records 1897-1942"
      (4th revised and enlarged edition) by Brian Rust.

      pgs: 169-749-864-1010-1059-1060-1069-1092-1499-1511-1531

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      NOTE: online and reissue sources of recordings are listed after each matrix number and title entry.

      Here is a list of the actual CDs upon which these recordings can be found, reissued; and also a list of web resources where the recordings may be found.

      CDs:

      Document CD DOCD-5338 "Monette Moore Vol 1 1923 - 1924"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5338

      Document CD DOCD-5395 "Sara Martin Vol 1 1922 - 1923"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5395

      Document CD DOCD-5428 "Edna Hicks Vol 1 1923"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5428

      Document CD DOCD-5458 "Lizzie Miles Vol 1 1922 - 1923"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5458

      Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5459

      Document CD DOCD-5476 "Priscilla Stewart 1924 - 1928"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5476

      Document CD DOCD-5497 "Barrel House Women Vol 2 1924 - 1928"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5497

      Document CD DOCD-5518 "Female Blues Singers Vol 14
      S/T/U/W/Y 1929 - 1932"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5518

      Document CD DOCD-5627 "Classic Blues Jazz & Vaudeville Singers Vol 4 1921 - 1928"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5627

      Document CD DOCD-5654 "Classic Blues & Vaudeville Singers Vol 5 1922 - 1930"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5654

      Document/RST Records CD JPCD-1518 "Jimmy O'Bryant Vol 1 1924 - 1925"
      http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=JPCD-1518-2

      RedHotJazz pages:

      http://www.redhotjazz.com/ehicks.html

      http://www.redhotjazz.com/lizziemiles.html

      http://www.redhotjazz.com/monettemoore.html

      http://www.redhotjazz.com/obryant1.html

      http://www.redhotjazz.com/obryant2.html

      Youtube channels:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/lindyhoppers [Lizzie Miles: You're Always Messin' 'Round With My Man]

      http://www.youtube.com/user/randomandrare [Sodarisa Miller: Midnight Special]

      http://www.youtube.com/user/victrolaman [Lizzie Miles: (Black Man Be On Yo' Way)]

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      Document Records CDs can be found at these three sources (among many others):

      http://www.cduniverse.com/
      [my personal favorite];

      http://www.amazon.com/

      and

      http://www.document-records.com/

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      MONETTE MOORE
      Vocal, acc. by Clarence Johnson-p.
      (An advertisement for this record in THE CHICAGO DEFENDER
      for March 17, 1923, states that Clarence Williams is the accompanist).

      New York, c. January, 1923.

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      A-987- Sugar Blues Pm 12015, Hg 781

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5338 "Monette Moore Vol 1 1923 - 1924" (track 1)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/moore/sugarblues.ram

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      A-988- Best Friend Blues Pm 12015, Pm 12034, Hg 781

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5338 "Monette Moore Vol 1 1923 - 1924" (track 2)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/moore/bestfriendblues.ram

      [Andrew's note:
      I have heard both of these recordings, and as a pianist,
      I can state with absolute certainty that this is Clarence Johnson.
      There is no mistaking his style... this could be no one else,
      and is certainly not Clarence Williams (great as he is).
      The Chicago Defender ad quoted by Rust is obviously in error.]

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, c. February, 1923.

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      42364-2 Your Time Now Em 10613

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5458 "Lizzie Miles Vol 1 1922 - 1923" (track 20)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/yourtimenow.ram

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      42365-2 Haitian Blues Em 10613

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5458 "Lizzie Miles Vol 1 1922 - 1923" (track 21)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/haitianblues.ram

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      EDNA HICKS#
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, April 10, 1923.

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      27665-5-6-7-8 I'm Goin' Away (Just To Wear You Off My Mind)
      Vic rejected

      Document Records:
      take 8 is supposedly available on Document CD DOCD-5627 "Classic Blues Jazz & Vaudeville Singers Vol 4 1921 - 1928" (track 18)

      HOWEVER, I have personally listened to part of this track and it sounds exactly like Phil Ohman at the piano again (takes 1-4), so is probably not any of the takes 5-8. I have to wonder if a test pressing of any of these rejected takes really exists somewhere.

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      27666-4-5-6 Sugar Blues Vic rejected

      Andrew's note: the first four takes of "I'm Goin' Away...", and the first three takes of "Sugar Blues" were all made at an earlier
      Victor session of , 1923, which featured Phil Ohman on the piano accompanying Ms. Hicks.

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, April 24, 1923.

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      Tishomingo Blues Vic test (un-numbered)

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, April 26, 1923.

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      80986-2 Sweet Smellin' Mama (Poro Blues) Col A-3897

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5458 "Lizzie Miles Vol 1 1922 - 1923" (track 22)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/sweetsmellingmama.ram

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      80987-3 Hatian Blues (wild Weepin' Moan) Col A-3897

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 1)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/haitianblues2.ram

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      SARA MARTIN
      Vocal duet with Clarence Williams, acc. by ? Clarence Johnson-p.
      New York, c. April 30, 1923.

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      71455-A-B Monkey Man Blues OK 8067

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5395 "Sara Martin Vol 1 1922 - 1923" (track 14)

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, May 23, 1923.

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      28025-3 You're Always Messin' 'Round With My Man
      Vic 19083,
      HMV B-1703
      NOTE: Some copies of Victor 19083 show the accompanist as Clarence Williams; on HMV B-1703 he is anonymous.

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 2)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/yourealways.ram

      Youtube:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3HxtTksE9k

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, May 24, 1923.

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      81029-1 Family Trouble Blues Col A-3920

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 3)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/familytrouble.ram

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      81030-2 Triflin' Man Col A-3920

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 4)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/trifflinman.ram

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      EDNA TAYLOR
      vocal, acc. by ? Tommy Ladnier-c/? Clarence Johnson-p.
      Chicago, June, 1923.

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      1432-3 Jelly's Blues Pm 12057

      Document Records:
      take 2 available on Document CD DOCD-5654 "Classic Blues & Vaudeville Singers Vol 5 1922 - 1930", (track 2)
      take 3 available on Document CD DOCD-5518 "Female Blues Singers Vol 14 S/T/U/W/Y 1929 - 1932", (track 8)

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      1433-2 Good Man Blues Pm 12057

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5518 "Female Blues Singers Vol 14 S/T/U/W/Y 1929 - 1932", (track 9)

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10858 My Pillow And Me Br 2462*

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 5)

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      EDNA HICKS
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10861 Gulf Coast Blues Br 2463

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5428 "Edna Hicks Vol 1 1923" (track 2)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hicks/gulfcoastblues.ram

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10864 Black Man (Be On Yo' Way) # Br 2462 #

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 6)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/blackman.ram

      Youtube:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t8qTuy0cS8

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      EDNA HICKS
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10865/7 You're Always Messin' 'Round With My Man Rejected

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10868/70 Low Down Papa Rejected

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      EDNA HICKS
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10871/3 Triflin' Blues Rejected

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10874/6 She Walked Right Up And Took My Man Away Rejected

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      EDNA HICKS
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, June 18, 1923.

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      10878 Down-Hearted Blues Br 2463

      Document Records:
      Document CD DOCD-5428 "Edna Hicks Vol 1 1923" (track 3)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hicks/downheartedblues.ram

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      * [Rust's] NOTE:- "Many of the missing matrix numbers in the above sequence are by Edna Hicks, q.v.
      The remainder are unissued takes of the above two issued titles." [Andrew: I have meshed these in so that the session data is nearly complete]

      # Andrew's note: although Rust lists this as having Clarence Johnson on piano, the record label claims that the piano accompaniment is by Spencer Williams, and indeed
      it sounds like a different pianist than Johnson.

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, July 19, 1923.

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      28297-2 Keep Yourself Together Sweet Papa Vic 19158
      (Mama's Got Her Eyes On You)

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 7)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/keepyourself.ram

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      28298-4 Cotton Belt Blues Vic 19124

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 8)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/cottobeltblues.ram

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      EDNA HICKS
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. New York, c. August 7, 1923.

      11813/4 Walking And Talking Blues Voc 14650, Sil 3013

      Document Records:
      Document CD DOCD-5428 "Edna Hicks Vol 1 1923" (track 6)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hicks/walkingandtalkingblues.ram

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      SODARISA MILLER
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. Chicago, May, 1925.

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      2141-2 Fightin' Blues (Scrappin' Blues) Pm 12293, Sil 3573*

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5497
      "Barrel House Women Vol 2 1924 - 1928" (track 11)

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      (JIMMIE) O'BRYANT'S (FAMOUS ORIGINAL) WASHBOARD BAND : Clarinet solos, acc. by Jimmy Blythe-p#/Jasper Taylor-wb.
      Bob Shoffner-c added* Chicago, c. July, 1925.

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      2194-1 *The Joys (Slow Motion Special) Pm 12297

      Document Records:
      available on Document/RST Records CD JPCD-1518 "Jimmy O'Bryant Vol 1 1924 - 1925" (track 19)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/obryant/thejoys.ram

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      2195-1-2 *Everybody Pile Pm 12312

      Document Records:
      take 1 available on Document/RST Records CD JPCD-1518 "Jimmy O'Bryant Vol 1 1924 - 1925" (track 20)
      take 2 available on Document/RST Records CD JPCD-1518 "Jimmy O'Bryant Vol 1 1924 - 1925" (track 21)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/obryant/everybodypile.ram

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      2196-2 *Charleston Fever Pm 12312

      Document Records:
      available on Document/RST Records CD JPCD-1518 "Jimmy O'Bryant Vol 1 1924 - 1925" (track 22)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/obryant/charlestonfever.ram

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      2197-1-2 Switch It, Miss Mitchell Pm 12297

      Document Records:
      available on Document/RST Records CD JPCD-1518 "Jimmy O'Bryant Vol 1 1924 - 1925" (track 23)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/obryant/switchitmiss.ram

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      # Andrew's note:
      There is an outside chance that Clarence Johnson could be the pianist (instead of the group's regular pianist, James Blythe)
      on some of the tracks from this session,
      since the matrix numbers seem to be continued the session below where Johnson is definitely known to be present accompanying Priscilla Stewart.
      (I have dubs of "Switch It, Miss Mitchell" and "Going to the Nation", and it is almost certainly Johnson on piano.)
      Also, Johnson is listed as the composer of the tune "Charleston Fever".

      Aurally, it is hard for me to tell for certain right now because the pianist never takes a full-chorus solo on any of these particular Jimmy O'Bryant sides, although other earlier and later
      Jimmy O'Bryant sides have full piano solos which sound like James Blythe.
      As a band pianist myself, my opinion listening to the piano fill-ins on the above O'Bryant sides, is that it is almost certainly Blythe, and not Johnson, on piano.
      The characteristic "comping" rhythm, and more tellingly, a few of the fill-ins, are Blythe's trademark fill-ins that he used many times on other sessions with different bands and singers.

      So, in conclusion, my most logical assumption is that Blythe is the pianist with the band on matrices 2194-2197, and Johnson then takes over for matrices 2198 and 2199,
      accompanying Priscilla Stewart. It is not clear whether the band sessions and the Stewart sessions took place on the same day, due to lack of surviving recording ledgers.

      If they took place on separate days, that would be even more evidence for two separate piano players. Also, Johnson is thought to have been friends (or at least, acquaintances) with Blythe,
      and they made at least one piano roll together ("You Shall Reap Just What You Sow" for Billings Roll Co.;
      interestingly enough, this "duet" roll has James Blythe playing
      part of the roll, and Clarence Johnson playing the other part.
      At no time does it sound like the two pianists are actually playing simultaneously).

      So, it is possible that Johnson was hanging out in the studio while Blythe recorded with the band, and then went in to record with Priscilla Stewart after the band was finished for the day.

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      PRISCILLA STEWART
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. Chicago, c. July, 1925.

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      2198-2 Switch It Miss Mitchell Pm 12299, Sil 3541

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5476
      "Priscilla Stewart 1924 - 1928" (track 14)

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      2199-1 Going To The Nation Pm 12299, Sil 3541
      NOTE:- Silvertone 3541 as MAE STEWART.

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5476
      "Priscilla Stewart 1924 - 1928" (track 15)

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      SODARISA MILLER
      Acc. by Jimmy Blythe-p.# Chicago, c. August, 1925.

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      2225-1 Midnight Special Pm 12306, Sil 3540

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5497
      "Barrel House Women Vol 2 1924 - 1928" (track 12)

      Youtube:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rus6KLNclBg

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      2227-1 Reckless Don't Care Mama Blues Pm 12306, Sil 3539

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5497
      "Barrel House Women Vol 2 1924 - 1928" (track 13)

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      NOTE:- Matrix 2226 is untraced. The above eight Silvertones [by Sodarisa Miller, whether with Johnson or Blythe] are labelled thus:-
      3518, 3519, 3538, 3539, 3540, - VIE COLLINS; 3566, 3568, 3573 - AMY WARD.

      # Andrew's note: Although both Brian Rust and also Charles Delaunay (in the "New Hot Discography") claim Blythe is the pianist on these sides, "Moanin' Low" by Ross Laird (which relies entirely upon the record labels and record company logs for information) apparently seems to show that the pianist is not identified on the record (and the Paramount logbooks seem to be long lost).

      The pianist sounds more like Clarence Johnson to me.

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      LIZZIE MILES
      Acc. by Clarence Johnson-p. ## New York, November 13, 1927.

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      7610-3 When You Get Tired Of Your New Sweetie
      Ban 6162, Cq 7084, Dom 4099, Je 5188, Or 1118, Re 8493

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 13)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/whenyougettired.ram

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      7611- Police Blues Cq 7082, Dom 4805, Re 8473

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 14)

      RedHotJazz:
      http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/miles/policeblues.ram

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      7612-2 Don't Let Your Love Come Down Ban 7025, Je 5207, Or 1147

      Document Records:
      available on Document CD DOCD-5459 "Lizzie Miles Vol 2 1923 - 1928" (track 15)

      NOTE: Jewel 5188, 5207 and Oriole 1118, 1147 as MANDY SMITH.

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      ## Andrew's note: I have listened to the first two of these three recordings, and in my opinion the piano playing is much
      more characteristic of Porter Grainger. However, I will not entirely rule out the possibility that it is Johnson, only that
      it seems unlikely to me as this pianist's swing and musical ideas are very different than those on Johnson's verified recordings
      (which, to be fair, were made between four and two years earlier than these).

      I have no idea where Rust got his information for the pianist on these three recordings.
      It is possible that they came from the ARC logbooks (if they exist; there is a fairly recent ARC/Plaza discography now available),
      but this still does not answer whether the pianist is identified in any vintage literature (including the logbooks) or not.

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      enjoy!
      Andrew E. Barrett
      California
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