donderdag 28 maart 2013

Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well ? (1941)

"Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well" is a song written in 1941 by Eddie_DeLange and John_Benson_Brooks

It reminds me a bit of the beginning of  She's Coming Around The Mountain (1924)

On November 10, 1941 Freddie "Schnickelfritz" Fisher was the first artist to record the famous "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well".
It was released on the Decca-label as the B-side of "He'd Have To Get Under, Get Out And Get Under".


Listen here: Who Threw The Whiskey In the Well - Freddie "Schnickelfritz" Fisher.mp3

"Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well" was also recorded by "Doc" Wheeler and his Sunset Orchestra

on March 30, 1942 in New York City.
It was released on Bluebird B-11559.

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Another cover-version was recorded in 1944 by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra, with vocals by Wynonie Harris.
Harris was spotted by Lucky Millinder who asked him to join his band's tour. Harris joined on March 24, 1944, while the band was in the middle of a week-long residency at the Regal in Chicago. They moved on to New York, where on April 7 Harris took the stage with Millinder's band for his debut at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. It was during this performance that Harris first publicly performed "Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well" (a song recorded two years earlier by Doc Wheeler's Sunset Orchestra). After the band's stint at the Apollo, they moved on to their regular residency at the Savoy Ballroom, also in Harlem. Here, Preston Love, Harris' childhood friend, joined Millinder's band replacing alto saxophonist Tab Smith. On May 26, 1944, Harris made his recording debut with Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra. Entering a recording studio for the first time, Harris sang on two of the five cuts that day, "Hurry, Hurry" and "Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well", for the Decca label. Although lessening, the shellac embargo had not yet been removed, and release of the record was delayed. Harris' success and popularity grew as Millinder's band toured the country. He and Millinder had a falling out over money. In September 1945 while playing in San Antonio, Texas, Harris quit Millinder's band. Three weeks later, upon hearing of Harris' separation from the band, a Houston, Texas promoter refused to allow Millinder's band to perform. Millinder called Harris and agreed to pay Harris' asking price of one-hundred dollars a night. The promoter re-instated the date, but it was the final time Harris and Millinder worked together. Bull Moose Jackson replaced Harris as the vocalist in the band. In April 1945, a year after the song was recorded, Decca released "Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well". It became the group's biggest hit; it went to number one on the Billboard R&B chart on July 14 and stayed there for eight weeks. The song remained on the charts for almost five months, also becoming popular with white audiences. an unusual feat for black musicians of that era. In California the success of the song opened doors for Harris. Since the contract with Decca was with Millinder (meaning Harris was a free agent), Harris could choose from the recording contracts with which he was presented.

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(c) Louis Prima (1945)
Released on Majestic 7151

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On December 19, 1945 Bull Moose Jackson recorded an answer-song to "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well"
"I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well" was recorded in New York, for the Queen-label (Queen #4116) with (part of) The Lucky Millinder Band musicians.
Harold „Money" Johnson (Trumpet), Bernie Peacock (Altsax), Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson und Sam „The Man" Taylor (Tenorsax), Sir Charles Thompson (Piano), Bernard Mackey (Guitar), Beverly Peer (Bass) und Dave „Panama" Francis (Drums)

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When the Queen-label ceased operations in 1946, al the releases were moved to the sister-label King.

Therefore the same Bull Moose Jackson recording "I Know Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well" was released again on King 4244 in July 1948.

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Lucky Millinder's cover-version was in his turn sampled by Aerosmith at the end of their song "Amazing".

In 1969 Champion Jack Dupree recorded a cover-version in England for the Blue Horizon-label.

Recorded London Feb. 3/4, 1969; Champion Jack Dupree, voc, p; Mick Taylor, g; Richard Studt, Reg Cole, Barry Wilde, Peter Oxer, violins; Terry Noonan, Bud Parks, tp, flugelhorn, Alan Skidmore, Les Wigfiels, ts; Jim Chester, bs, Wallace Tring [= Gary Thain], b; Eduardo Givezano [= Alex Dmochowski], b; Mike Vernon, perc; Harris Dundee [= Aynsley Dunbar], dr; Big Chief Drumstick [= Keef Hartley], dr, perc; prod. by Mike Vernon

It was contained on his album "Scoobydoobydoo".

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Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well by Champion Jack Dupree on Amazon Music -

(c) Buster Poindexter (1989)

For more versions SEE:

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - WHO THREW THE WHISKEY IN THE WELL?

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