George Hannah w/ Meade Lux Lewis The Boy In The Boat (1930)





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Published on Mar 22, 2010

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George Hannah is another prewar blues singer who lacks any biographical information. He made his debut recordings in Chicago in 1926 cutting one two-sided disc for Vocalion that was possibly backed by Lonnie Johnson on violin and John Erby on piano. He later appeared in 1929 recording four songs in Richmond, IN. for Paramount (one was unissued). While his earlier Vocalion recordings were polite by standards, by this time he had re-invented himself as a topical singer of sex and gambling. His final recordings were made in Grafton, WI. in 1930 with more of the same subject material. After these recordings, he completely vanished. "The Boy In The Boat" later appeared in several LP and CD compilations devoted to "risque" and "nasty" blues releases. It's one of those great euphenisms for a woman's clitoris. (And yes, this used to a family music channel!)

George Hannah:Vocals

Meade "Lux" Lewis:Piano

Recorded in Grafton, WI. c. October, 1930

Originally issued on the 1930? single (Paramount 13024), reissued on (Paramount 14010) (78 RPM)

This recording taken from the 2004 4CD Box Set "The Paramount Masters"

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