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Stars of the Apollo

Stars of the Apollo

This double CD is a straight reissue of the original double LP. Its 28 selections mostly focus on singers and bands from the swing era that performed at one time or another at the Apollo; all but eight of the numbers are from the 1927-42 period. Highpoints of this hodgepodge collection include Bessie Smith's "Gimme a Pigfoot,"


This double CD is a straight reissue of the original double LP. Its 28 selections mostly focus on singers and bands from the swing era that performed at one time or another at the Apollo; all but eight of the numbers are from the 1927-42 period. Highpoints of this hodgepodge collection include Bessie Smith's "Gimme a Pigfoot," The Mills Brothers' "Sweet Sue," Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's "Doin' the New Lowdown," Slim Gaillard's "Sploghm," Sarah Vaughan's "Ain't Misbehavin'," Screamin' Jay Hawkins's remarkable "I Put a Spell on You" and Aretha Franklin's "Evil Gal Blues."

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Maybelle   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Bessie Smith   Band,Track Performer
Mamie Smith   Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Pearl Bailey   Vocals,Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Vocals,Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Vocals,Track Performer
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano,Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Chu Berry   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone,Multiple Reeds
Cab Calloway   Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Casey   Guitar
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Ida Cox   Vocals,Band,Track Performer
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Lionel Hampton   Drums
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Earl Hines   Piano,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Claude Hopkins   Piano,Track Performer
Budd Johnson   Reeds,Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
James P. Johnson   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Ray Nance   Vocals
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Specs Powell   Drums
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals,Track Performer
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Slam Stewart   Bass,Vocals
Maxine Sullivan   Vocals,Track Performer
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Claude Thornhill   Piano,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Teddy Wilson   Piano,Track Performer
Cootie Williams   Trumpet,Track Performer
Dud Bascomb   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Bob Haggart   Bass
Edmond Hall   Clarinet,Reeds
Horace Henderson   Piano
Benny Morton   Trombone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Don Redman   Reeds,Multiple Reeds,Track Performer
Gary Chester   Drums
Slim Gaillard   Guitar,Vocals,Band,Track Performer
Ken Kersey   Piano
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Robinson   Trombone
John Mills   Guitar,Vocals
Butterbeans & Susie   Vocals,Track Performer
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Trummy Young   Trombone
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Walter Page   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Fernando Arbello   Trombone
Bob Asher   Trombone
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Vincent Bair-Beyes   Alto Saxophone
Harold Baker   Trumpet
George Ballard   Drums
Billy Banks   Vocals
Wilbur Bascomb   Trumpet
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Jerry Blake   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Andres Brown   Multiple Reeds
Bubbles   Track Performer
Buck, Bubbles and Their Bucket   Band
Jimmy Buxton   Trombone
Jaki Byard   Piano
James Cannady   Guitar
Jess Carneol   Alto Saxophone
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Rupert Cole   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Bob Cunningham   Bass
Langston Curl   Trumpet
Douglas Daniels   Vocals,tiple
Wilbur Daniels   Vocals
Davis   Trumpet
Lawrence Dixon   Guitar
Bob Dorsey   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano,Track Performer
Frankie Dunlop   Drums
Joe Edwards   Vocals
Susie Hawthorne   Vocals
Gene Fields   Guitar
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Milton Fletcher   Trumpet
Panama Francis   Drums
Walter Fuller   Trumpet
Joe Garland   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Bennie Green   Trombone
Paul Griffin   Organ
Fred Guy   Guitar
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Skip Hall   Piano
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Vocals,Track Performer
Edgar Hayes   Piano
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Weywood Henry   Tenor Saxophone
Henry Hicks   Trombone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Charlie Holmes   Alto Saxophone
Robert Horton   Trombone
Darnell Howard   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Edward Inge   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Pete Jacobs   Drums
Bennett James   Guitar
Hilton Jefferson   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Bob Johnson   Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Manzie Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Walter Jones   Guitar
Wandell Jones   Trumpet
Danny Karker   Guitar
Norman Keenan   Bass
Killian   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Baron Lee   Band,Track Performer
Leroy Kirkland   Track Performer
Edward Lewis   Trumpet
Sylvester Lewis   Trumpet
Ella Logan   Vocals,Band,Track Performer
Buddy Lucas   Harmonica,Trombone
Moms Mabley   Vocals,Track Performer
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Teddy McRae   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Gene Mikell   Trombone,Multiple Reeds
Donald Mills   Vocals
Harry Mills   Vocals
Herbert Mills   Vocals
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Loumell Morgan   Piano
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Fred Norman   Trombone
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet,Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Benny Payne   Piano
Hubert Pettaway   Drums
Talcott Reeves   Banjo
Caughey Roberts   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Anna Robinson   Vocals
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson   Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Eli Robinson   Trombone
Bobby Sands   Reeds
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals,Band,Track Performer
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Gene Sedric   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Omer Simeon   Multiple Reeds
Charles Smith   Bass,Drums
Fletcher Smith   Piano
Maybelle Smith   Vocals
Ruby Smith   Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Charlie Smith   Drums
Albert Snaer   Trumpet
O'Neill Spencer   Drums
Leemie Stanfield   Bass
Kenneth Stuart   Trombone
Louis Taylor   Trombone
Walter Thomas   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
John Trueheart   Guitar
Ray Tunia   Piano
Henry Turner   Tuba
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Vocals,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Jonas Walker   Trombone
Greely Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Buck Washington   Piano,Vocals
George Washington   Trombone
Leo Watson   Drums,Vocals
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Crawford Wethington   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
John Williams [double bass]   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Quinn Wilson   Bass
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Bob Ysaguirre   Bass
Bob Ysoquirre   Vocals
Benny James   Guitar
Blue Rhythm Band   Track Performer
Wardell Jones   Trumpet
Fred Robinson   Trombone
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Ed Anderson   Trumpet
Andrew Brown   Reeds
Charlie Allen   Trumpet
John Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Billy Taylor   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Spirits of Rhythm   Track Performer
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Jackie Mabley   Vocals
Eddie Powell   Baritone Saxophone
Dick Barsamian   Track Performer
Flat Foot Floogie Boys   Track Performer
Vincent Bair Bey   Alto Saxophone
John W. Sublett   Vocals
Robert Scott   Trombone
Robert Carroll   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Bobby Brown   Alto Saxophone,Band
Gene Johnson   Reeds

Technical Credits

Freddie Green   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Jimmie Dodd   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Chris Albertson   Producer,Liner Notes
Davis   Contributor
Leroy Kirkland   Arranger
Robert Mersey   Musical Director
Donald Mills   Vocal Effect
Harry Mills   Vocal Effect
Herbert Mills   Vocal Effect
B. Russell   Composer
Omer Simeon   Contributor
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Composer
Michael Brooks   Reissue Producer
Wesley Wilson   Composer
Nedra Olds-Neal   Reissue Producer
Coot Grant   Composer
Randall   Composer

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