Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1925-1928)

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1925-1928)

by Coot Grant
     
 

Coot Grant and Kid Wilson were nearly exact contemporaries of Butterbeans & Susie. Both couples were enormously popular with Afro-American audiences before, during and after the First World War. The Document historical reissue label achieved the near-impossible by compiling most of Grant and Wilson's known recordings into threeSee more details below

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Coot Grant and Kid Wilson were nearly exact contemporaries of Butterbeans & Susie. Both couples were enormously popular with Afro-American audiences before, during and after the First World War. The Document historical reissue label achieved the near-impossible by compiling most of Grant and Wilson's known recordings into three volumes, each packed with complete discographical information and insightful liner notes. Vol. 1 covers a time line from March 1925 to November 1928, a period when Grant and Wilson's records were issued by the Paramount label. "Come On, Coot Do That Thing" is the most famous number in this part of the discography, as it is one of five recordings made in October 1925 with accompaniments by Fletcher Henderson's six-piece "orchestra," an ensemble sparked by the presence of young cornetist Louis Armstrong. "You Dirty Mistreater" typifies the cheerfully brutal repertoire used in Afro-American vaudeville; the endlessly creative threats of physical violence prefigure some of the speech used in late 20th century hip-hop. Both manifestations are part of a long continuum based in the Afro-American tradition of the artful putdown, immortalized on many a blues and boogie-woogie record as "The Dirty Dozens." During the year 1926, Coot Grant made a series of records backed by ragtime and blues guitarist Blind Blake; these were his very first recordings. One of 15 children, Coot Grant was born Leola B. Pettigrew in Birmingham, AL in 1893. "Coot" or "Cootie" was derived from "Cutie," which is what her mother liked to call her. Coot is said to have begun performing in vaudeville in Atlanta, GA in the year 1900. The following year she joined Mayme Remington's Pickaninnies, a troupe that toured North America, Europe and South Africa. In 1913, Coot married vocalist Isiah I. Grant; they worked together as Grant & Grant with C.W. Park's Musical Comedy Company, Tolliver's Big Show (where they shared the bill with Trixie Smith, Ma Rainey and Butterbeans & Susie) and Wooden's Bon Tons. Six months after the death of Isiah I. Grant in 1920, Coot married Jacksonville, FL-born pianist Wesley Wilson. Document's three-volume survey of their combined careers includes all of the records they made together and separately between 1925 and 1938.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/02/1998
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298556322
catalogNumber:
5563
Rank:
136628

Tracks

  1. Crying Won't Make Him Stay  - Kid Wilson
  2. Rock, Aunt Dinah, Rock  - Kid Wilson
  3. You Dirty Mistreater  - Kid Wilson
  4. Come on Coot Do That Thing  - Kid Wilson
  5. Have Your Chill, I'll Be Here When Your Fever Rises  - Kid Wilson
  6. Find Me at the Greasy Spoon (If You Miss Me Here)  - Kid Wilson
  7. Find Me at the Greasy Spoon (If You Miss Me Here)  - Kid Wilson
  8. Speak Now or Hereafter Hold Your Peace  - Kid Wilson
  9. When Your Man Is Going to Put You Down (You Never Can Tell)  - Kid Wilson
  10. Scoop It  - Kid Wilson
  11. Stevedore Man  - Kid Wilson
  12. Dying Blues  - Kid Wilson
  13. Ashley St. Blues  - Kid Wilson
  14. Dishrag Blues  - Kid Wilson
  15. Rollin' Mill Blues  - Kid Wilson
  16. State Street Men Blues  - Kid Wilson
  17. Down the Country  - Kid Wilson
  18. Black Biting Bee Blues  - Kid Wilson
  19. Wilson Dam  - Kid Wilson
  20. Rasslin' 'Till the Wagon Comes  - Kid Wilson
  21. Keyhole Blues  - Kid Wilson
  22. Ducks  - Kid Wilson
  23. Mama Didn't Do It and Papa Didn't Do It  - Kid Wilson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coot Grant   Primary Artist
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Tiny Parham   Piano
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Blind Blake   Guitar
Shirley Clay   Cornet
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Porter Grainger   Piano
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Charlie Green   Trombone
Wesley Wilson   Piano,Vocals
Artie Starks   Clarinet
B.T. Wingfield   Cornet

Technical Credits

Louis Armstrong   Contributor
Johnny Parth   Producer

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