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The Happy Six

Jazz and Pop

Organised by band contractor Harry Yerkes, this group recorded extensively for Columbia between 1919 and 1923, employing some of the most important names of the jazz and dance band world of the time, including Rudy Wiedoeft, Ross Gorman, Clyde Doerr, Bennie Krueger, Earl Oliver, Clarence Gransie, Ted Fiorito, Phil Ohman, and xylophonists Joe and George Hamilton Green. Most importantly, some of their records feature pioneer New Orleans musicians Alcide Nunez and Tom Brown, being the first made by the latter - a key figure in both the earliest New Orleans bands to move to the North and also the New Orleans revival of the 1940s.

PortraitTom Brown
tb 1888-1958 US
PortraitAlcide Nunez
cl *1884 US
PortraitEarl Oliver
PortraitJames Lent
tr, dr US
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Title Artist Year Type
Sweet One / Who's Sorry Now?The Happy Six1923Album
First Last And Always / Lou'sianaThe Happy Six1923Album
Pick Me Up And Lay Me Down / Those Longing For You BluesThe Happy Six, Frank Westphal's Orchestra1922Album
Nobody Lied / If I Had My Way, Pretty BabyThe Happy Six1922Album
Broken Toy / After The RainThe Happy Six / Ray Miller's Black And White Melody Boys1922Album
On The 'Gin, 'Gin, 'Ginny Shore / Tell Her At TwilightRay Miller's Black And White Melody Boys / The Happy Six1922Album
Sing Song Man / By The Sapphire SeaThe Happy Six1922Album
How Many Times / Leave Me With A SmileThe Happy Six1922Album
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers / Pick Me Up And Lay Me Down (In Dear Old Dixieland)Ray Miller And His Orchestra / The Happy Six1922Album
The First Rose Of Summer / Somebody's HeartThe Happy Six1922Album
Kentucky Home / It's YouThe Happy Six1921Album
Rebecca (Came Back From Mecca) / MoonlightYerkes Jazarimba Orchestra / The Happy Six1921Album
Learn To Smile / Paper DollThe Happy Six1921Album
Who'll Be The Next One (To Cry Over You) / My Sunny TennesseeThe Happy Six1921Album
Peggy Dear / Little RoverThe Happy Six1921Album
Wimmin (I've Got To Have 'em That's All) / Good-bye, Shanghai!The Happy Six1921Album
Stealing / Why Don't You SmileThe Happy Six1921Album
South Sea Isles / Sweet LadyThe Happy Six1921Album
All For You / SweetheartThe Happy Six / Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra1921Album
Emaline / In A BoatYerkes Jazarimba Orchestra / The Happy Six1921Album
O-H-I-O / AnswerThe Happy Six / Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra1921Album
Feather Your Nest / Grieving For YouThe Happy Six1921Album
Ain't We Got Fun / Not So Long AgoYerkes Jazarimba Orchestra / The Happy Six1921Album
Humming / Now And ThenThe Happy Six1921Album
Rockaway Baby / By The PyramidsThe Happy Six1921Album
My Mammy / Do You Ever Think Of Me?Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra / The Happy Six1921Album
All By Myself / One KissTed Lewis And His Band / The Happy Six1921Album
Yokohama Lullaby / I Lost YouThe Happy Six1921Album
Dolly I Love You / You're Just Like A RoseThe Happy Six / Prince's Orchestra1920Album
My Sahara Rose / SudanThe Happy Six1920Album
Je Ne Sais Pa Pa / My Little Bimbo Down The Bamboo IsleThe Happy Six1920Album
Slow And Easy / Dance-O-ManiaLouisiana Five / The Happy Six1920Album
Mystery / SwaneeThe Happy Six1920Album
Railroad Blues / Shake Your Little ShoulderThe Happy Six1920Album
And He'd Say Oo-La La! Wee-Wee / A Pretty Girl is Like A MelodyYerkes Jazarimba Orchestra / The Happy Six1919Album
The Vamp / Behind Your Silken VeilWaldorf-Astoria Orchestra / The Happy Six1919Album
Karavan / YearningThe Happy Six, Prince's Orchestra1919Album
Mammy's Lullaby / The Red LanternThe Happy Six / Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra1919Album
Hawaiian Smiles / Wild HoneyThe Happy Six / Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra1919Album
Why DearThe Happy SixAlbum
Would You? (I’ll Say You Would) / Wandering HomeThe Happy Six / Metropolitan Dance PlayersAlbum
Jabberwocky / Kentucky HomeThe Happy SixAlbum
Make Believe / Siam SooWaldorf-Astoria Orchestra / The Happy SixAlbum
Cherie / I'm Nobody's BabyThe Happy SixAlbum
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