Blue Drag - Freddie Taylor and his Swing Men From Harlem (1935)

Publication Year: 
1935

Image retrieved from rateyourmusic.com on March 22nd, 2014.

This song is featured on a few reefer jazz compilations, including Viper Mad Blues (1991) and Tea Pad Songs volume 1 (1976).

For French and I suppose for many others, a Standard of Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France "Hot Club de France"... ...Freddy Taylor was a black tap dancer, singer, trumpeter and entertainer, who had come to Paris with the Lucky Millinder orchestra during the band's 1933 tour of Europe. Taylor stayed in Paris and soon formed his own band, which he named Freddy Taylor & His Swing Men From Harlem. At the same time Taylor was running his own club at Montmartre and often left the band on its own while he worked as a soloist throughout the Continent. In Paris Taylor recorded as a vocalist with Django Reinhardt and the QHCF in 1936 - these sides belong to his most well known, scholars of the QHCF recorded legacy probably will mention "Nagasaki" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" both recorded 1936. However, Freddy Taylor also recorded with his own group, the Swing Men From Harlem. Two sides recorded in March 1935 with Freddy Taylor (dir,vo,tp), Charlie Johnson (tp), Arthur "Chester" Lanier (cl, as, bars), Fletcher Allen (cl, ts), Oscar Alemán (g), Eugène d'Hellemmes (b), William Diemer (dm), contain "Blue Drag" and " Viper's Dream", released on a 78 rpm disc by the Ultraphone label. Text retrieved from youtube.com on Februrary 8th, 2015.

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