Vintage Music Productions

Snooks Friedman

Snooks Friedman and His Memphis Stompers (1928-1931) VMP 0061 [Vintage Music Productions CD] The band once billed as the "Hottest on Broadway!" Includes recordings made by the Memphis Stompers, the Memphis Ramblers and Snooks' Paramount Orchestra. Digitally restored to compact disc by Bill Hebden. Liner notes by Jeff Hopkins. Order No. 32299

1. Memphis Stomp [Feb 4, 1928]
2. Goofer Feathers Blues [Feb 4, 1928]
3. Hold It Still [Feb 11, 1928]
4. Kansas City Blues [Feb 11, 1928]
5. Yea Alabama [Sep 6, 1928]
6. Washington And Lee Swing [Sep 6, 1928]
7. Stompin' Away [Jul 2, 1929]
8. Hello Beautiful [Jan 27, 1931]
9. I'm Happy When You're Happy [Feb 11, 1931]
10. Smile Darn Ya, Smile [Mar 25, 1931]
11. Some Other Time [May 11, 1931]
12. You Don't Need Glasses [May 11, 1931]
13. Building A Home For You [May 11, 1931]
14. Sweet Georgia Brown [May 11, 1931]
15. Let A Little Pleasure Interfere With Business [May 21, 1931]
16. Some Of These Days [Jun 10, 1931]
17. Roll On Mississippi Roll [Jun 10, 1931]
18. That's The Time A Fellow Needs A Girl Friend [Jun 12, 1931]
19. A Good Man Is Hard To Find [Sep 11, 1931]
20. Japanese Sandman [Sep 11, 1931]
21. Goodnight Sweetheart [Sep 18, 1931]
22. Guilty [Sep 18, 1931]
23. Nothing To Do But Love [Dec 18, 1931]

Herman L. "Snooks" Friedman (born February 10, 1906) began playing drums professionally, during the summer of 1923, with a band called the Ole Miss Jesters. In 1924, he began playing with Meyer Davis, and in 1925, recorded with Hip Bennett's band. Snooks organized his own band, the Memphis Stompers, in 1926. Many of the recordings, made by this band between 1928 and 1931, were released under a variety of pseudonyms, including Snooks and His Memphis Ramblers, Snooks and His Paramount Theatre Orchestra and Ben Friedman's Paramount Hotel Orchestra. During their tenure at the Crazy Cat Club, in New York, the band was also known as Snooks and His Krazy Kat Kittens, though the band is not known to have recorded under this name. In addition to the recordings heard here, Snooks Friedman and his band provided music for the first talking cartoon. They are also known to have appeared in at least a few movie shorts made by Warner Brothers. With the outbreak of World War II, Snooks broke up his band to enlist in the Navy. After the war, he organized a new band with which he played, until his retirement in 1972. Snooks Friedman died, in Memphis, on March 24, 1993.


With Snooks Friedman (drums, director) * James Migliore (cornet) * Estes Monasco (cornet, vocals) * Ken Herlin (trombone, vocals) * Al Muller (clarinet, saxophone) * Elly Bellare (clarinet, saxophone, vocals) * Walter Ashby (clarinet, saxophone, vocals) * Rupe Biggadike (piano) * Bob Cooke (banjo) * Chuck Jordan (string bass) * Julia Gerity (vocals) * Pat McCarthy (vocals).

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Order No. 32299

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