Claxtonola Records

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Claxtonola was a recording company doing business during the early 1920s. It was an independent company operating in Iowa City, Iowa, and reissued Paramount, Black Swan and Gennett Records masters on the Claxtonola and National labels.[1] The company's distribution area was small, and the label is not well known. Claxtonola also manufactured phonographs in the early years of the 20th century. It was reportedly acquired by Gennett Records in 1924.


The company's recordings include:[2]

The Wolverines:

The Bucktown Five:

  • Hot Mittens

Hitch's Happy Harmonists:

  • Steady Steppin' Papa

Midway Gardens Orchestra:

  • Tin Roof Blues
  • Black Sheep Blues
  • Lots 0' Mama
  • Sobbin' Blues

Fletcher Henderson, on National:

  • Aunt Hagar's Children
  • My Sweetie Went Away

Jelly Roll Morton, on National:

  • Muddy Water Blues


  1. ^ Davis, John S. (2012), Historical Dictionary of Jazz, Scarecrow Press 
  2. ^ Crane, Frederick (2003), Claxtonola and National Records: A provisional catalog