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The Harlem Hamfats

Band, 1936-1938 US, Chicago
Blues and Jazz

Chicago jazz band formed in 1936. Initially, they mainly provided backup music for jazz and blues singers, such as Johnny Temple, Rosetta Howard, and Frankie Jaxon, for Decca Records.Their first record, "Oh! Red", became a hit, securing them a Decca contract for fifty titles, and they launched a successful recording career performing danceable music. The group's inclusion in the dirty blues genre is due to such songs as "Gimme Some of that Yum Yum" and "Let's Get Drunk and Truck".

PortraitBuster Bailey
cl 1902-1967 US
PortraitJoe McCoy
g, voc *1905
John Lindsay
b 1896-1950 US
PortraitHerb Morand
tr, voc 1905-1952 US
Odell Rand
cl 1905-1960 US
PortraitRosetta Howard
voc 1914-1974 US
Fred Flynn
dr US
Horace Malcolm
Ann Cooper
Hamfoot Ham
voc, g
PortraitRansom Knowling
b 1912-1967 US
PortraitCharlie McCoy
man, voc, g *1909
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Title Artist Year Type
Hello, Little Devil / The Barefoot BoyThe Harlem Hamfats2019Album
Masters Of Jazz & Blues 1936-1944The Harlem Hamfats2016Album
Let's Get Drunk And TruckThe Harlem Hamfats2003Compil.
Hamfat Swing 1936-1938The Harlem Hamfats + Rosetta Howard, Johnny Temple1997Compil.
The Garbage Man / Southern BluesThe Harlem Hamfats1994Album
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol. 3 (6 October 1937 To 21 April 1938)The Harlem Hamfats1994Compil.
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Volume 4 (22 April 1938 To 14 September 1939)The Harlem Hamfats1994Compil.
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Volume 1 (18 April To 13 November 1936)The Harlem Hamfats1994Compil.
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol. 2 (12 December 1936 To 5 October 1937)The Harlem Hamfats1994Compil.
Keep It Swinging Round And Round (1936-1939)The Harlem Hamfats1989Compil.
Rosetta Howard And The Harlem Hamfats.Rosetta Howard With The Harlem Hamfats1989Compil.
1937 - 1939Rosetta Howard With The Harlem Hamfats And The Harlem Blues Serenaders1989Compil.
(1936-1939)The Harlem Hamfats1988Compil.
I'm So GladThe Harlem Hamfats1983Compil.
Hot Chicago Jazz, Blues & Jive 1936-1937The Harlem Hamfats1981Compil.
If You're A viperEast-West / Rosetta Howard & The Harlem Hamfats1978Single
The Harlem HamfatsThe Harlem Hamfats1963Compil.
Bartender's Blues / Ready For The RiverThe Harlem Hamfats Featuring Hamfoot Ham1939Album
Toodle Oo Blues / You Got To Be SatisfiedThe Harlem Hamfats1938Album
Stay On It / How Long BabyRosetta Howard With The Harlem Hamfats1938Album
I'd Rather Be With You / Time's A'Wastin'The Harlem Hamfats1938Album
She Loves So Good / Riff ItFrankie Jaxon with The Harlem Hamfats1938Album
It Will Never Happen Again / Trading Old Love For NewRosetta Howard With The Harlem Hamfats1938Album
Let's Fall In Love Again / It's Your TurnRosetta Howard, Hamfoot Ham With The Harlem Hamfats1938Album
I Believe I'll Make A Change / I'm In So Much Trouble NowThe Harlem Hamfats1938Album
Gonna Ride 74 / Stavin' ChainJohnny Temple With The Harlem Hamfats1938Album
Let Me Feel It / Don't Start No StuffThe Harlem Hamfats1938Album
She Brings Me Down / Wet ItFrankie Jaxon And The Harlem Hamfats1937Album
Down In Shady Lane / I'm Cuttin' OutThe Harlem Hamfats1937Album
Mean Baby Blues / Pimple BluesJohnny Temple And The Harlem Hamfats1937Album
If You're A Viper / Rosetta BluesRosetta Howard And The Harlem Hamfats1937Album
Who Done It? / She's Trickin' MeThe Harlem Hamfats1937Album
What's On Your Mind? / My Old Lady BluesThe Harlem Hamfats1937Album
Ooh-Wee Babe / Growling DogThe Harlem Hamfats1937Album
She Sends Me / You Certainly Look Good To MeFrankie Jaxon And The Harlem Hamfats1937Album
It Was Red / Jam JamboreeThe Harlem Hamfats1937Album
I Feel Like A Millionaire / Bad Luck ManThe Harlem Hamfats1936Album
She's A Mellow Mother For You / Hamfat SwingThe Harlem Hamfats1936Album
If You Want To Live / My Daddy Was A Lovin' ManThe Harlem Hamfats1936Album
New Oh Red! / Move Your HandThe Harlem Hamfats1936Album
Let's Get Drunk And Truck / What You Gonna DoThe Harlem Hamfats1936Album
You Done Tore Your Playhouse Down / Sales Tax On It (But It's The Same Thing)The Harlem HamfatsAlbum
Let Your Linen Hang Low / Weed Smokers DreamRosetta Howard And Hamfoot Ham With The Harlem HamfatsAlbum
Tempo De Bucket / You Got The Devil To PayThe Harlem HamfatsAlbum
Harlem Hamfats (1936-1939) The Remaining TitlesThe Harlem HamfatsCompil.
Keep It Swinging Round And Round / I Don't Want You Loving MeThe Harlem HamfatsAlbum
Oh! Red / Lake Providence BluesThe Harlem HamfatsAlbum
She's Gone Again / Live And Die For YouThe Harlem HamfatsAlbum
This Is The Blues Vol. 4Rosetta Howard & The Harlem HamfatsSingle
Weed Smoker's Dream / Little GirlThe Harlem HamfatsAlbum
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