Today, I present a new addition to my collection—it just arrived today, in fact—by the Houston-based band of Lloyd Finlay. This, record, recorded on March 18 and 19, 1925 in Houston, Texas has the distinction of being one of Victor’s first field recordings in the state of Texas. According to the files available on the Discography of American Historical Recordings, the first Victor recording session in Texas took place the day before this one, on March 17, 1925, when Finlay’s orchestra made their first recording. Victor would not make it back to Texas until April of 1928.
That makes this record one of special interest to me, as one of my primary focuses in collecting is the music history of Texas.
These Lloyd Finlay records also hold the distinction of being the debut recordings of the Houston-born pianist and future singer Seger Ellis, who would go on to become Okeh records’ answer to popular crooner Gene Austin.
Besides Finlay on violin and Seger Ellis on piano, the personnel for this record is unknown.
The first side, recorded March 19, is Jews-Harp Blues, and features a solo by the titular instrument beginning around two minutes in.
The flip-side features Fiddlin’ Blues, recorded the previous day, March 18, and apparently also known as “Fido Blues”.
This record was transferred at 76 RPM, as is often accepted for acoustic Victor records.