P. D. Q. BLUES * EVA TAYLOR AND THE CLARENCE WILLIAMS WASHBOARD BAND * VOCALION 1034 * UK
Eva Taylor was born January 1895 in St. Louis MO, and died October 1977 in Mineola NY, she first recorded for Black Swan in 1922, she also recorded for OKeh in the 1920s and her release of Gulf Coast Blues on OKeh was claimed to be the first 12" 'Race' (Blues) record; she was such a big star in the 1920s that NBC gave her her own radio program. Amongst the other labels Eva Taylor recorded for was Edison in 1929 - the company was slow to issue regular type records preferring to stick with cylinders and latterly 'Hill and Dale' records (the information was at the bottom of the grove instead of the sides, so that the needle tended to rise and fall in the grove, hence 'Hill and Dale') the delay cost them though because weeks after releasing Taylor's West End Blues the company ceased all record production. The above record is from the Origins Of Jazz series which, I think, dates from the 1950s, I doubt if any of her records were ever released in the UK at the time.
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