The California Ramblers

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The California Ramblers were an American jazz group that recorded hundreds of songs for many different record labels throughout the 1920s.[1] Four members of the band – Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, and Adrian Rollini – went on to front big bands in later decades.[2]

The band was formed in 1921 by banjoist Ray Kitchenman.[3] Its members were from Ohio but chose the name California Ramblers.[4] The band was instantly successful and were one of the most prolific recording groups in the 1920s.[4]

In late 1924 the Ramblers signed a contract with Columbia Records and then, in conjunction with their manager Ed Kirkeby, agreed to waive all royalties to Columbia for the right to record for other companies under pseudonyms.[1] They recorded for nearly every independent label in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, using over 100 unique aliases.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The California Ramblers". nfo.net. Archived from the original on April 23, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "Has Anybody Seen My Gal by California Ramblers". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  3. ^ Gammond, Peter (1991). The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 97. ISBN 0-19-311323-6.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2007-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "List of pseudonyms". Parabrisas.com.