I Got Diamonds On My Hands Now
Posted in 1920s,Hokum on 08.14.07

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Way back in ’04 I posted a track by the Hokum Boys which was the Georgia based group featuring Blind Blake and Black Rob, these Hokum Boys were session players in the Chicago jazz scene and were thrown together as a quick cash in the Hokum craze. I’m not the biggest Hokum fan around, but regular Honey readers will know I do love a good version of the Gambler’s Blues also known as St. James Infirmary. These Hokum Boys recorded two takes on the song and both are fantastic and feature some non standard instrumentation for the song – No. 2 features a great banjo lead and No. 1 has a little Spanish influence in the guitar runs, though I think the vocal preformance really steals the show from the guitar/piano work.

The Hokum Boys – Gambler’s Blues (1929)
The Hokum Boys – Gambler’s Blues No. 2 (1929)


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By ed on 08.24.07 11:59 am

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By Tomato on 09.04.07 5:54 pm

I miss the music. Come back soon.

By Abe Something on 09.11.07 5:46 pm

Is this place dead? I hope not … I miss the blues updates. This place provided me the blues musicians I hadn’t yet discovered.

By Robert R. Calder on 01.06.08 5:44 am

Blind Blake never recorded as a member of the Hokum Boys, and their name was reserved for ensembles of Chicago-based musicians. On “Gambler’s Blues” Bob Robinson sings, on “Gambler’s Blues No.2” the banjo player is Banjo Ike Robinson, who recorded a lot at that time. The pianist on both is Jimmy Blythe and a careful listen bears out the instrumental identifications. Blythe died in 1931, Delmark just issued a CD of his piano roll recordings.

By peter patnaik on 01.07.08 11:04 pm

these hokum boys are chicago based, but blind blake recorded a track “I Was Afraid of That” as part of the hokum boys as did Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red and other non-chicago blues players.

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By 159 “SJI” variations « NO NOTES on 11.10.08 11:11 am

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By Jhonatta on 12.24.15 10:14 pm

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