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Original Memphis Five - Tin Roof Blues (1923)

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Published on Apr 11, 2012

Tin Roof Blues
Music by Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, Mel Stitzel, George Brunies and Leon Roppolo
Performed by The Memphis Five
Recorded October 4, 1923
Victor 19170

Tin Roof Blues was first recorded by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings for Gennett Records, Richmond, Indiana, on March 13, 1923. Named for The Tin Roof Cafe at Washington Street and Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Original Memphis Five under the leadership of Phil Napoleon (trumpet) made their first recordings in 1922. The band also included Miff Mole (trombone), Jimmy Lytell (clarinet), Frank Signorelli (piano) and Jack Roth (drums). The personnel changed frequently over the years and at various times included Loring McMurry, Manny Klein, Charlie Panelli, Ray Kitchingman (was the sixth for a while on banjo), John Cali, James Griffith, Red Nichols, Dick Johnson, Ray Bauduc, Louis Katzman, Elmer Schobel, Joe Tarto, George Bohn, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey and Ted Napoleon (Phil's brother)

The images are of New Orleans between 1900 and 1950.

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