"Muddy Water," a composition by Jo Trent, Peter DeRose and Harry Richman, was recorded by several bands, in the US and abroad in the 1920s: Arthur Briggs in Germany, Fred Elizalde, the KitKat Band and the Piccadilly Revels Band in England. In the US, Bessie Smith and, of course, there is the Paul Whiteman version (pre-Bix, Mar 7, 1927) with Bing"s first solo recording.
I want to focus on the recordings by Jack Pettis and His Pets and by the Goofus Five.
Jack Pettis And His Band : Bill Moore (t) Frank Sarlo (tb) poss. Merrill Klein (tu) Jack Pettis (c-mel,ts) Len Kavash (as) or Norman Ronemous (as) Al Goering (p) Eddie Lang (g) Joe Venuti (vln) Merrill Klein (tu) Dillon Ober (d) Scrappy Lambert (vcl) Recorded Jan 7, 1927
The Goofus Five: Chelsea Quealey (t) Bobby Davis and Sam Ruby (reeds) Adrian Rollini (bsax and goofus) Irving Brodsky (p) Tommy Felline (bj) Herb Weil (d) Ted Wallace (vcl) Recorded Apr 14, 1927
Listen to Jack Pettis's version.
I am sure most of you noticed that the intro (and the coda) anticipate the intro of "Doin' Things" by Venuti (obsessed with Debussy), Lang and Signorelli, recorded three weeks later!! Note 1.
Here is the Goofus Five version.
A winner, a tie? In my book, the Goofus Five are the winners. The infectious rhtythm and solo by the great Adrian Rollini (doubling on goofus), plus the underrated Bobby Davis and the lead by Chelsea do it for me.
Note 1. Here is "Doin' Things" by Venuti-Lang-Signorelli
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