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The Hokum Boys

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"The Hokum Boys" was a name used by a number of distinct hokum and ragtime groups recording for various "race record" labels between 1928 and 1937. This entry is for the group consisting of Thomas A. Dorsey aka Georgia Tom Dorsey accompanied either by Tampa Red or Ikey Robinson, recording for Paramount from c. December 1928 to early June 1929. Other groups using the name are: The Hokum Boys (2): Big Bill Broonzy, Casey Bill Weldon, Bill Settles, Washboard Sam, Black Bob, Bob Robinson (2) and others unknown, recording for Vocalion(2) from 1935 to 1937. The Hokum Boys (3): Managed by Aletha Dickerson and led by her husband Alexander Robinson (2)(aka Bob Alexander) accompanied by either Jimmy Blythe or Alexander Hill on piano, with either Bob Robinson (2) ( Paramount titles) or Ikey Robinson ( Okeh titles), and sometimes Dan Roberts (10). This group recorded ten sides for Paramount in June, 1929 then again for Paramount from September to October 1929, and then for OKeh for a single session in November of 1929. The Hokum Boys (4): A single session of duets by Big Bill Broonzy and Frank Brasswell for Gennett Records, May 2, 1930. The Hokum Boys (5): Thomas A. Dorsey and Big Bill Broonzy November 20, 1930. They backed vocalist Mozelle Alderson (performing under pseudonyms Jane Lucas or Hannah May). Although this was the core of Famous Hokum Boys, recordings from this date were released as "The Hokum Boys". The Hokum Boys (6): Blind Blake and Aletha Dickerson recorded one side for Paramount on August 17, 1929, which was issued as the B-side to a release by The Hokum Boys (7). Please note that all of these groups are considered to be distinct from both Famous Hokum Boys, who recorded for American Record Corporation between April - September, 1930, and The Hokum Trio, who recorded for Columbia and affiliated dime-store labels in May, 1930. This is despite the fact that many of the artists listed here recorded for multiple similarly named groups, and that one release by The Hokum Trio was issued under the name "The Hokum Boys" (see A Bench In The Park / You're Bound To Look Like A Monkey When You Get Old).

     
Members
PortraitTampa Red
g, voc 1904-1981 US
PortraitIkey Robinson
bj, g, voc 1904-1990 US
PortraitThomas A. Dorsey
p, voc 1899-1993 US
Popular Tracks   
Gambler's Blues (St. James Infirmary Blues) on The Hokum Boys Vol. 1939 by The Hokum Boys
Selling That Stuff on Ain't Goin' That Way by The Hokum Boys & Gus Cannon
You Ain't Livin' Right on Georgia Tom Vol. 1 by Georgia Tom
We Don't Sell It Here No More on Ain't Goin' That Way by The Hokum Boys & Gus Cannon
I Had To Give Up Gym on Please Warm My Weiner: Old Time Hokum Blues by Various Artists
You Can't Get Enough of That Stuff on Ain't Goin' That Way by The Hokum Boys & Gus Cannon
Let Me Have It on The Hokum Boys Vol. 1939 by The Hokum Boys
Caught Us Doing It on The Hokum Boys & Bob Robinson Vol. 2 1935-1937 by Various Artists
I Had to Give up Gym on Ain't Goin' That Way by The Hokum Boys & Gus Cannon
Put Your Mind on It on Ain't Goin' That Way by The Hokum Boys & Gus Cannon

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Discography
Title Artist Year Type
The Hokum Boys & Banjo Joe 1927 - 1929The Hokum Boys & Banjo Joe2005Compil.
Complete Recordings 1935-1937The Hokum Boys1994Compil.
(1929) The Remaining TitlesThe Hokum Boys1988Compil.
You Can't Get Enough Of That StuffThe Hokum Boys1975Compil.
Selling That Stuff / Beedle Um BumThe Hokum Boys1929Album
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