Williams, Spencer: 14 selected standards and hits, 1915 to 1936

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1915
I Ain’t Got Nobody (Spencer Williams, Roger Graham)

1917
Shimme Sha Wabble (Spencer Williams)
Tishomingo Blues (Spencer Williams)

1919
Royal Garden Blues
(Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams)
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None o’ This Jelly Roll (Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams)

1923
West Indies Blues (Edgar Dowell, Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams)

1924
Everybody Loves My Baby
(m. Spencer Williams, w. Jack Palmer)

1926 — These two standards are included in the page 1926 selected standards and hits, part 2
Basin Street Blues (Spencer Williams)
I’ve Found a New Baby (m. Spencer Williams, w. Jack Palmer)

1927
Lonesome Lovesick Blues (Spencer Williams)

1928(?)
Mahogany Hall Stomp
(Spencer Williams)
Fireworks (Spencer Williams)

1929
You Gotta Give Me Some (Spencer Williams)

1936
When Lights Are Low
(Spencer Williams, Benny Carter)

SPENCER WILLIAMS

Biography, from riverwalkjazz.org — jazz notes:

Spencer Williams was one of the earliest black composers to shape jazz as popular music. Many of his songs, such as “Royal Garden Blues,” “Everybody Loves My Baby,”  and “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” became anthems of the Jazz Age and the Swing Era.

Spencer Williams was born in 1889 in New Orleans. Educated at St. Charles University in New Orleans, LA, Williams worked in Chicago around 1907 as a vocalist and pianist. There he often worked with another pianist, composer, and bandleader: Clarence Williams (no relation). About the time of WWI, he began writing songs…

In 1925, he traveled to Paris where he wrote songs for the voluptuous American expatriate, Josephine Baker, who was then working at the famed Follies Bergére. In 1930, he made several recordings, singing and playing the piano, with Teddy Bunn, and with Lonnie Johnson. In 1932, he and his friend Fats Waller vacationed in France. But while Waller returned to the U.S., Williams moved to England, where he remained in residence until 1951, after which he made Sweden his home.

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1915

I Ain’t Got Nobody (Spencer Williams, Roger Graham)

From the “Attribution”  section of the Wikipedia page on the song:

Chicago and Saint Louis ragtime pianist and blues composer Charles Warfield (1878–1955) claimed to have originally written the song[3] and a copyright dated April 1914 attributes Warfield as the composer, David Young as the lyricist, and Marie Lucas as the arranger. The title of the song is given as “I Ain’t Got Nobody and Nobody Cares for Me”. Williams’s copyright entry from 1916 under a shorter title attributes the composition to Davy Peyton and himself and the lyrics to publisher Roger Graham.[4]

In 1916, Frank K. Root & Co., a Chicago publisher[5] (né Frank Kimball Root; 1856–1932), acquired the Craig & Co. copyright, and, later that year, also acquired the Warfield-Young copyright.[6]

Clarence E. Brandon, Sr. and Billy Smythe, both St. Louis musicians, both claim that they wrote the first version, words and music, of “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, filed two copyrights 1911, and published it that same year.[2]

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Bessie Smith – 1925

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Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers – 1929

According to the provider, the lineup for the performance in the following clip is Red McKenzie, Jack Bland, Carl Kress and Josh Billings. The band’s instrumentation includes comb (with tissue paper), kazoo, banjo, acoustic guitar, and a traveler’s suitcase played with whisk brooms. In I Ain’t Got Nobody, McKenzie, the vocalist and comb player, also plays music by blowing into an instrument which looks like a can. The second song is My Gal Sal, by Paul Dresser (1905).

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“I Ain’t Got Nobody” only

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The Mills Brothers – c. early 1930s

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1917

Shimme Sha Wabble (Spencer Williams)

Red Nichols and his Five Pennies – recorded 3 July 1930

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Hot Antic Jazz Band – 1985

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Jim Callum Band – 1987 — the band, from San Antonio TX : Jim Cullum cornet, Allan Vache clarinet, Eddie Hubble trombone, John Sheridan piano, Howard Elkins banjo, Jack Wyatt bass and Ed Torres drums

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Tishomingo Blues (Spencer Williams)

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – 1928

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Garrison Keillor and the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band — opening number for A Prairie Home Companion, live at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Minneapolis, MN, 21 March 2009

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1919

Royal Garden Blues (Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams)

Original Dixieland Jazz Band

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Bix Beiderbecke

The video provider attaches the following information:

On October 5 1927 Bix Beiderbecke recorded one of the most important jazz recordings in its history, Royal Garden Blues with his New Orleans Lucky Seven sometimes known as his Gang. Bix’s band had some superb musicians: Bill Rank, trombone; Don Murray, clarinet; Adrian Rollini, bass sax; Frank Signorelli, piano; Chauncey Moorehouse, drums.

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I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of This Jelly Roll (Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams)

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Sweet Emma Barrett — date unknown

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Louis Armstrong – 1964

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1923

West Indies Blues (Edgar Dowell, Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams)

Esther Bigeou — recorded on 14 Dec 1923

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Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra — recorded on 8 Jan 1924

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Clara Smith — recorded on 17 April 1924 New York, NY; issued on the 10″ 78 rpm single Columbia 14019-D, c/w “Clearing House Blues”

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1924 Everybody Loves My Baby-sheet-feat. Blossom Seeley-1a1924-everybody-loves-my-baby-1

1924

Everybody Loves My Baby (m. Spencer Williams, w. Jack Palmer)

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1926

Basin Street Blues (Spencer Williams) – The song was introduced in 1928 by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five. The first hit came in 1931 with a recording by The Charleston Chasers, directed by Benny Goodman with vocal by Jack Teagarden.

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1926 I've Found a New Baby-1

I’ve Found a New Baby (Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer)

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1927

Lonesome Lovesick Blues (Spencer Williams)

Josephine Baker – recorded January 1927, Paris

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1928 (?)

Mahogany Hall Stomp (Spencer Williams) – recorded by Clarence Williams this year. I’m uncertain about the date written. Louis Armstrong recorded it in 1929.

The following three RAM audio files from redhotjazz.com require a Realplayer plug-in (free) to play.

Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five

Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra

George Lewis New Orleans Jazz Band — undated footage apparently from the early to mid 1960s

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Wynton Marsalis Quartet – Dec 1996

the provider attaches this information

The Wynton Marsalis Quartet live on TV in December of 1996, playing a Louis Armstrong tribute (Mahogany Hall Stomp). The show was an ABC prime-time special called “A Celebration of America’s Music”, and I believe it was a benefit concert for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Wynton’s band included:
Marcus Roberts – piano; Reginald Veal – bass; Lewis Nash – drums

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Fireworks (Spencer Williams)

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five — Louis Armstrong, t / Fred Robinson, tb / Jimmy Strong, cl, ts / Earl Hines, p, v / Mancy Cara, bj / Zutty Singleton, d. Chicago, 27 June 1928

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You Gotta Give Me Some (Spencer Williams) – title given at redhotjazz as You Gotta Get Me Some – recorded 8 May 1929 — Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p), Eddie Lang (Guitar)

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1936

When Lights Are Low (Spencer Williams, Benny Carter)

Benny Carter and his Swing Quartet, featuring vocalist Elizabeth Welch

Video provider Julian Dyer attaches the following information,

Recorded in London, 20 June 1936. During his European sojourn in the late 1930s, Carter had six recording sessions in London, two of which were of his “Swing Quartet”.

Benny Carter, t-cl-as-ts; Gene Rogers, p; Bernard Addison, g; Wally Morris, sb; George Elrick, d; Elizabeth Welch, v.

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Lionel Hampton – undated; followed by In a Sentimental Mood performed by Django Reinhardt and the QHCF – recorded 26 April 1937

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Miles Davis – track 6 of the album Blue Haze (1954). The track is from one of two sessions on 19 May 1953 and 15 March 1954 from which came all but the first track.

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shahiem beloved
    Aug 07, 2010 @ 12:23:20

    thank you sincerely for keeping my grandfathers music alive ! love yall…..della williams son

    Reply

  2. shahiem beloved
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 15:10:36

    i have some exclusives of my grandpa will try to send to you.

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    • Ted Smith
      Dec 25, 2015 @ 18:21:57

      Hi
      My wife is the niece of Agnes Bage Williams, and we would like to meet up with the American side of the family. I met Agnes and Pat in the UK in 1970,
      Regards
      Ted Smith

      Reply

  3. doc
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 05:09:02

    Sorry for the delayed response. I’ve been busy developing a new site for the past week. Thank you very much. I’ll be waiting for them. Even one would be greatly appreciated. One other thing which would help: Do you have a complete list of songs written by your grandfather? This would help me greatly should I decide to expand this feature, or to do a second one on his music. You might also have a preference regarding the biography. Let me know if there is another you’d rather I used on this page.

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  4. Heather
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 18:20:41

    Hi – I’m looking for sheet music for 2 Spencer Williams songs…”You Gotta Give Me Some” and “….Jelly Roll” – any suggestions on where to find? I’ve been all over the internet this evening with no luck and unfortunately nothing at my local libraries either. Was hoping Amazon or one of the online sheet music stores would have them but no luck. Any help greatly appreciated! :)

    Heather

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    • doc
      Nov 17, 2010 @ 12:18:40

      Hi Heather, I’d love to help you, but afraid that finding sheet music is not one of my skills. I’ll repeat part of the answer I gave to an earlier request in these comments:

      I seldom search for sheet music so I wouldn’t really know where to look. There are links to a number of sheet music sites listed in my sidebar; I’ve accumulated these while searching for sheet music covers. If I do find the sheet music by some coincidence I will certainly forward it to you.

      Best of luck — Jim

      P.S. : I did spend a several minutes on Google searches with various combinations of keywords, aiming to locate the sheet music; but found nothing.

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  5. Carole McWhinnie
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 12:41:25

    This is for Shahiem. Spencer Williams was my Uncle married to my maternal Aunt Agnes [Bage] sometimes known as Pat [Castleton]. She was one of the Bage family one of eight children. She and Uncle Spencer had two children Della and Lindy. I have 4 albums of Bage family photographs which have lots of Aunt Agnes/Pat. Please contact me via Facebook or email:carole.mcwhinnie@tiscali.co.uk

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  6. doc
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 17:27:31

    My response to Carole McWhinnie, niece of Spencer Williams, was private. However, she requested that I add her email address to the above message, and I’ve done so. – Jim

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  7. Emanuel Malik Smith
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 19:12:24

    I love looking at my grandfathers history. I have pictures of him if anybodies looking. Thanks to anyone who is a jass lover. I am trying to bring the foundation back.

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    • doc
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 21:41:33

      Hi, Welcome to my little website. Who is your grandfather? Please tell us about the foundation. — doc

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    • doc
      Jan 29, 2015 @ 19:39:56

      Welcome. I previously received comments from Shahiem Beloved (grandson) , and Carole McWhinnie (niece). So you have photographs of your grandfather?

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    • Ted Smith
      Dec 25, 2015 @ 18:20:37

      Hi Emanuel
      My wife is the niece of Agnes Bage Williams, and we would like to meet up with the American side of the family. I met Agnes and Pat in the UK in 1970,
      Regards
      Ted Smith

      Reply

  8. Ted Smith
    Dec 04, 2015 @ 16:05:00

    Hi
    My wife, Sylvia, is a niece of Pat, Spencer’s wife. Her maiden name was Bage, as was Pat’s. Spencer and my wife’s Dad (Sylvester Bage) used to jam together when Spencer was living in the UK. We’d love to meet some of Spencer’s family on a visit to the US. I guess Carol McWhinnie must be related to Sylvia, but I have not come across her name in family discussions!

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    • doc
      Dec 04, 2015 @ 20:42:59

      Hi Ted,

      Welcome. Below is a copy of the message Carole McWhinnie sent me on 22 February 2011, minus the attached photographs. I wondered if she understood that publishing the photographs here might leave them vulnerable to digital theft, so I decided at that time to keep our correspondence in email.

      Hi Jim.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.

      Sadly I have no pictures of Uncle Spencer but many of his wife Agnes whose stage name was Pat and was known in the family as Pat. She was one of the ´Castleton Sisters´ which was made up of three of the Bage family sisters, Lillian ( my mother), Ethel and Pat. They danced all over but a lot of time in Paris at the Folies where they danced on the same shows as Josephine Baker. I would presume that Spencer and Pat met there but I´m not sure.
      I do feel guilty leaving a message on your site when I know it is not for that sort of use. I was just so excited to see someone from that branch of our family. I have looked for a trace on the internet but could never find anything. There is a uk internet site called the Bage Family History under Len´s story which has some details of Spencer including some details of my Grandmother´s attitude to him which is distinctly unpleasant.

      I have attached a few photographs of Pat. I do wonder if the gentleman in the background of 0031 scan is Spencer?

      I would love if you could add my email address to my comment so that Spencer´s grandson could contact me.

      Thank you for your help

      Regards
      Carole

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    • doc
      Dec 04, 2015 @ 21:01:03

      Ted,

      You might find the following website, which I’ve just come across tonight, interesting: Show Biz Bage People (aka “Musical Bage People”), found among the pages of A Record of the BAGE Family History, by John Bage.

      Regards, doc

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      • Ted Smith
        Dec 05, 2015 @ 03:22:29

        Yes, we know about that site and have made some contributions! Thanks for the reply.

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        • doc
          Dec 05, 2015 @ 13:22:54

          Ted,

          You’re welcome. Did you notice that Carole McWhinnie identified herself, in the 22 February 2011 message, as a daughter of Lillian, one of the Castleton Sisters?

          In two separate messages, Carole sent me seven images, mostly photographs of members of this dance trio. She identified the first five images sent as follows:

          0031 – Pat
          0018 – Ethel & Pat
          0006 – Pat
          0001 – Lillian (my Mum) Ethel and Pat
          0009 – Lillian, Pat & Ethel

          Two additional images sent a few days later (25 February 2011) contain what appear to be scans of scrapbook pages containing cutout images of various individuals and groups, mostly in costume. One of the pages identifies three individuals all dressed in the same costume as Maria, Ethel, and Pat. Carole McWhinnie’s email address is provided in her comment above.

          Regards, doc

      • doc
        Sep 21, 2017 @ 23:33:36

        Both of the John Bage authored pages linked to above appear to be defunct as of 21 September 2017.

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  9. David Bage
    Jun 24, 2016 @ 01:23:23

    I’m also a member of the Bage family, I think Agnes would have been my great great aunt? I still live in the north east of England and have been searching for information on this, so glad I’ve found this website!

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  10. Ted
    Jun 24, 2016 @ 09:40:12

    Hi David
    I’m not sure which branch of the family you are in! My wife Sylvia is the daughter of Sylvester who was Agnes’ (Pat) sister. We met Spencer’s granddaughter Jackie and her daughter Lauren in New Orleans in April. We all went to Basin Street!

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  11. Ted
    Jun 24, 2016 @ 09:43:10

    Hi David
    My wife Sylvia (nee Bage) met Spencer’s granddaughter in New OrleAns in April Sylvia is Sylvester’s daughter (Agnes’ brother)
    Ted

    Reply

  12. E Tomkins
    Jul 25, 2016 @ 15:41:50

    Hi. Had anyone recorded Blues around my bed? Lyrics … I woke up this morning, saw my loving man had fled, didn’t say goodbye, that is why I shut and sigh … etc.
    Fantastic song but can find nothing on line.
    Thanks! Looking forward to hearing.

    Reply

    • doc
      Jul 25, 2016 @ 21:34:48

      Hi,

      According to SecondHandSongs.com, “Blues Around My Bed” is an alternate title of a song written by Blind Boy Fuller and recorded by Fuller in 1936 under the title “When Your Gal Packs Up and Leaves.” It’s easy to find recordings under both titles at YouTube.

      When Your Gal Packs Up and Leaves

      Blind Boy Fuller — recorded on 29 April 1936; issued on Melotone 6-11-71, c/w “Big Red Blues”

      Reply

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