Kansas City Frank Melrose
Posted in 1920s,Piano Blues on 04.26.07

I’ve really been enjoying the Tiger Administration Page for WordPress, created by the guys over at Orderedlist. It’s so much cleaner and easier to navigate than the standard administration page – and it looks really nice too.

Kansas City Frank Melrose, also known as Broadway Rastus, recorded a couple of sides for Paramount in the late 20s. Funnily enough, the two sides Melrose was first known for were the alternative unissused takes of his songs, the song presented here today are the ones actually released in the Winter of 1929. Whoopee Stomp is a simple dance number with Melrose’s playful piano in a duet with Tommy Taylor’s drums – it’s quiet breezy and makes you want to stomp yr feet and pray that winter is finally over.

Kansas City Frank Melrose – Whoopee Stomp


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By Kate on 04.27.07 10:03 pm

Have you seen this interview with Gerhard Kubik on Africa and the Blues. It’s very interesting. http://www.afropop.org/multi/interview/ID/112/

Also, I used to download the music to listen to later while commuting, but now when I try to save it, I get a .php file. Is this a new feature of the site, and does it mean I will only be able to listen to this wonderful music while at home?

Otherwise, it’s a creative and interesting site re-design.

By peter patnaik on 04.28.07 2:04 pm

I was testing something out with the php thing, it should be back to normal now.

By Ida Melrose on 04.30.07 12:25 am

As the daughter of Frank Melrose, I am thrilled with his music that has been surfacing lately. My favorie CDs are, “Jelly Roll Stomp”, producer Hal Smith, and “Bluisiana” by Delmark Records. They show the versatility, and genius of my Dad at the piano.
Also, a CD by Ray Skjelbred,pianist, “Pass The Jug” , featuring some of my fathers tunes. My sincerest thanks to all of you for keeping his memory alive,

By richard haase on 06.06.07 6:02 pm

ida melrose please contact me assembling unusual polyglot score of old down and dirty blues tunes and opera masterpieces for new musical;
looking to track down rights holders on old songs ; ” barbecue bess ” ; is that one of your dads?
if you come to my house right behind the jail etc
theres a sign on my door says barbecue for sail

( if so we have to talk )
richard haase
wgae ssdc
writer director in nyc

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