|Birth name||Frank Shelton Perkins|
December 26, 1890|
Muchakinock, Iowa United States
|Died||September 27, 1976
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
|Associated acts||Red Perkins and His Dixie Ramblers|
Frank Shelton "Red" Perkins (December 26, 1890 – September 27, 1976) was an African-American 1920s and 1930s era trumpet player, singer, and a bandleader of one of the oldest Omaha, Nebraska-based jazz territory bands, The Dixie Ramblers.
In 1923, Perkins took over the Omaha Night Owls jazz band and renamed them the Dixie Ramblers. Perkins based his band in Omaha's Near North Side. It was a small band with six players but several of the musicians doubled on different instruments. The Dixie Ramblers quickly grew into a medium-sized jazz territory band.
The National Orchestra Service booked the band from 1923 into the 1940s. In 1932, he joined with harmonica player O.P. Alexander and they performed on radio station WFAA until 1934. Perkins and his band were signed by RCA Victor in 1936 and later released music on Gennett Records. The band cut more than 250 sides of records. The band played in ballrooms, theaters, and hotels in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
During the 1920s and 1930s, the Dixie Ramblers recorded for Gennett Records.
- Red Perkins and His Dixie Ramblers
- Frank "Red" Perkins (t,as,ss,v) dir. Joe Drake (t,cl,ts,arr), Andre C. Oglesby (tb), Jesse Simmons (cl,as,ts), Howard Fields (p), Charles “Goodie” Watkins (bjo, gtr), Eugene Freels (t, bb), Harry Rooks (d-x), trio (v).
- Richmond, Ind., May 5, 1931
- 17727-A Hard Times Stomp (Perkins) Ch 40044
- 17728-A My Baby Knows How (Davis-Akst-Richman) -vFP Ch 16661
- Richmond, Ind., May 6, 1931
- 17729-A Old Man Blues (Paul, Ellington, Mills) - v3 Ch 40044
- 17730 Minor Blues (Perkins) Ch 16288
Members of The Dixie Ramblers
- Anna Mae Winburn, singer
- Bill Osboen
- Charlie "Big" Green, trombone
- Charlie Watkins
- Harry Fooks
- Jabbo Smith, trumpet
- Jay Green
- Jim Alexander
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