Discography of Western Swing and Hot String Bands, 1928-1942

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Music - 254 pages
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The result of years of research by its authors, this discography strives to identify and trace the recorded development of the musical style now known as western swing from its early years through World War II. The style developed from the Texas string band tradition, growing from a fiddle and guitar duo into full swing band groups, and along the way, it drew from and absorbed a variety of other musical styles, thus making it one of the most diverse genres in American music. Until now, studies have been limited to a few book-length biographies, but through exhaustive research and interviews, Ginell and Coffey have provided the most complete and comprehensive listing of pre-War western swing and hot string band recordings to date.

Accessible through a variety of indexes, the information included here comprises four sections. The reader can easily find cross-referenced information on which musicians played with which bands on which songs. Easy-to-follow linear and chronological development of the music is provided as well.


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kevin coffey? my name is Annalisa Daulton my grandfather is Curly Daulton...a columbia recording artist back in the 50s-60s but of course you knew that. the reason why i am asking is you wrote my grandfather a while back asking him about his involvement in the music industry and as far as i know you were the last person to really talk to him in depth about his career! My grandfather an i had many talks about him playing with Elvis and Bob Wills but never went into much detail! My grandfather passed away to go play in that big band in the sky a few weeks back and now i am left with his beautiful pricless guitar, a ton of pictures and 1 very old very fragile columbia recording contract! I am writing a bio on him! mostly for my family so the grandkids never forget! if you did talk to him i would love to hear from you my email is missdaulton@yahoo.com please email me and i will give you my phone number!! thank you annalisa daulton  



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About the author (2001)

CARY GINELL, a music historian and radio broadcaster, is the owner of Sound Thinking Music Research, where he works as a music consultant for the entertainment industry. He is also the co-owner of the Origin Jazz Library record label, and has conducted oral histories with many seminal musicians in country music and jazz. He is the author of The Decca Hillbilly Discography, 1927-1945 (Greenwood, 1989) and Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing (1994).

KEVIN COFFEY is a researcher and historian whose work concentrates on American music in the southwest, with a particular emphasis on western swing. His work has appeared in The Journal of Country Music, and he is a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of Country Music.