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James “Jimmy” Blythe – Player Piano Rolls Part 2 – Popular Songs

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This section will present Blythe’s piano roll recordings of popular songs, such as fox trots and waltzes of the day.  Frequently, these performances are highly jazz-tinged (even the waltzes) and exhibit Blythe’s characteristic keyboard trademarks.  On some, Blythe added hot South Side coda sections to otherwise commonplace tunes, and these are special for that reason.

On the other hand, Blythe was of course a compensated artist and had to perform whatever material was requested of him.  Sometimes the tunes might have been so mediocre that even his enormous talents could not rescue them!  But more often than not, he left something of himself in these recordings.

As I stated in the last section, Blythe always “played from the heart.” I can still remember the first 88-note format Blythe roll I ever heard; “Sweet Indiana Home.”  I felt something there that I cannot put into words.

And his version of the well-known waltz “Who’s Sorry Now” is remarkable.  For the first half, it is played in a ‘sing-along’ style with marimba filler effects, rather commonplace and similar to the majority of such rolls (which unfortunately were what the majority of what the roll-buying public of the day wanted).  But shortly thereafter, Blythe abandons waltz time and adopts fox-trot rhythm.  What follows is an extraordinary display of his artistry; a “South Side” performance in every respect, replete with wonderful jazz licks and an extraordinary coda.  So, with the great talents of Jimmy Blythe, treasures may be found in the least likely of places.

James Blythe’s Piano Rolls Part 2 – Popular

Frank Himpsl

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After You've Said Goodbye - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1730-8.midDownload 
Barney Google - pb James Blythe - COL 607.midDownload 
Barney Google - pb James Blythe - COL A-1756-3.midDownload 
Beneath Montana Skies - pb James Blythe - CAP A-997626-5.midDownload 
Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now - pb James Blythe - SUP 5573.midDownload 
Blinky Moon Bay - pb James Blythe (probably) as Billy Fitch - CAP 1415.midDownload 
Blinky Moon Bay - pb James Blythe (probably) as Billy Fitch - CAP A-1989-3.midDownload 
Blue Rose - pb James Blythe - COL A-1832-6.midDownload 
By The Shalimar - pb James Blythe - COL A-1751-2.midDownload 
By The Shalimar - pb James Blythe - SUP 5309.midDownload 
Cat's Whiskers, The - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1774-7.midDownload 
Covered Wagon Days - pb James Blythe - COL 953.midDownload 
Crinoline Days - pb James Blythe - COL A-1742-5.midDownload 
Crinoline Days - pb James Blythe - SUP 5282.midDownload 
Crying For You - pb James Blythe - COL 557.midDownload 
Crying For You - pb James Blythe - COL A-1742-1.midDownload 
Cut Yourself A Piece Of Cake - pb James Blythe - SUP 5337.midDownload 
Dancin' Dan - pb James Blythe - COL A-1832-4.midDownload 
Dearest - pb James Blythe - COL A-1742-6.midDownload 
Dearest - pb James Blythe - SUP 5283.midDownload 
Deep In My Heart - pb James Blythe - COL 886.midDownload 
Deep In My Heart - pb James Blythe - COL A-1838-3.midDownload 
Down Among The Sleepy Hills Of Tennessee - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (per FLH) - COL A-1760-6.midDownload 
Down Among The Sleepy Hills Of Tennessee - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (per FLH) - SUP 5338.midDownload 
Down By The River (Layton) - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1755-5.midDownload 
Echoes From My Old Plantation Home - pb James Blythe - COL 913.midDownload 
Echoes From My Old Plantation Home - pb James Blythe - COL A-1852-8.midDownload 
Everything Is K.O. In K.Y. - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1756-5.midDownload 
Everything's Gonna Be All Right - pb James Blythe (NOT characteristic of JB per FLH) - CAP 1458.midDownload 
Everything's Gonna Be All Right - pb James Blythe (NOT characteristic of JB per FLH) - SUP 5728 (w pedal).midDownload 
Everything's Gonna Be All Right - pb James Blythe (NOT characteristic of JB per FLH) - SUP 5728.midDownload 
Everything's Made For Love - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-2059-8.midDownload 
Georgia Cabin Door - pb James Blythe - COL 576.midDownload 
Georgia Cabin Door - pb James Blythe - COL A-1737-6.midDownload 
Girl Of My Dreams - pb James Blythe - American 1989.midDownload 
Gone, But Still In My Heart - pb James Blythe - COL A-1756-4.midDownload 
Hard To Get Gertie - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-2031-6.midDownload 
Hard To Get Gertie - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-2143-10.midDownload 
Hawaiian Rainbow - pb James Blythe - COL 578.midDownload 
Hawaiian Rainbow - pb James Blythe - COL A-1743-1.midDownload 
Hawaiian Slumbertime - pb James Blythe - COL 551.midDownload 
Hawaiian Slumbertime - pb James Blythe - COL A-1743-2.midDownload 
He's The Last Word - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP A-103-7.midDownload 
He's The Last Word - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP A-2074-7.midDownload 
Hey, You Want Any Codfish - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL 653.midDownload 
Hey, You Want Any Codfish - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL C-453-6.midDownload 
High Tone Mama Of Mine - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (possibly, per FLH) - CAP 1256.midDownload 
Hilo Bay (FT, poss. Arthur Sizemore) - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1743-6.midDownload 
Hilo Bay (FT, poss. Arthur Sizemore) - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1814-9.midDownload 
Honey Love - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1706-8.midDownload 
Honeymoon Time - pb James Blythe as Wayne Love (per FLH) - COL A-1737-2.midDownload 
Hot Lips - pb James Blythe - COL A-1722-5.midDownload 
Hot Lips - pb James Blythe - SUP 5231.midDownload 
Hula Lou - pb James Blythe - COL 861.midDownload 
I Ain't Got Nobody And I Don't Want Nobody But You - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-2031-1.midDownload 
I Can't Stop Babying You - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP A-1905-10.midDownload 
I Don't Want Nobody But You - pb James Blythe - SUP 5815.midDownload 
I Love Sweet Adeline - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1751-9.midDownload 
I Wonder Who's Dancing With You Tonight - pb James Blythe - American 810.midDownload 
I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2031-5.midDownload 
I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart - pb James Blythe - SUP 5835.midDownload 
I'm A Harmony Baby - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (probably) - COL 582.midDownload 
I'm All Broken Up Over You - pb James Blythe - COL 804.midDownload 
I'm All Broken Up Over You - pb James Blythe - COL A-1825-5.midDownload 
I'm Sitting Pretty In A Pretty Little City - pb James Blythe - COL 761.midDownload 
Idolizing - pb James Blythe - CAP 1639.midDownload 
In Rosetime - pb James Blythe - COL 465.midDownload 
In Rosetime - pb James Blythe - COL A-1721-9.midDownload 
In The Evening (Donaldson) - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1852-3.midDownload 
In The Little Red Schoolhouse - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - SUP 5296.midDownload 
It's Not The First Time You Left Me - pb James Blythe - American 783.midDownload 
Just a Bundle Of Sunshine - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-1970-1 (partial @ start).midDownload 
Keep On Building Castles In The Air (Wenrich) - pb James Blythe - COL 434.midDownload 
Knock At The Door - pb James Blythe - SUP 5457.midDownload 
Last Night On The Back Porch - pb James Blythe - SUP 5343.midDownload 
Lindbergh, The Eagle Of The U.S.A. - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP A-103-15.midDownload 
Linger Awhile - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - SUP 5385.midDownload 
Little Red School House, The - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1756-7.midDownload 
Little Rover - pb James Blythe - COL 591.midDownload 
Little Rover - pb James Blythe - COL A-1751-7.midDownload 
Long Lost Mama - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - American 705.midDownload 
Long Lost Mama - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1788-7.midDownload 
Louise - pb James Blythe - SUP 5458.midDownload 
Louisville Lou - pb James Blythe as Gladys Bagwill (per FLH) - COL A-1761-1.midDownload 
Louisville Lou - pb James Blythe as Gladys Bagwill (per FLH) - COL A-1773-8.midDownload 
Louisville Lou - pb James Blythe as Gladys Bagwill - SUP 5344.midDownload 
Love Tales - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - SUP 5345.midDownload 
Love's Paradise - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1743-5.midDownload 
Lulu Lou - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - American 1548.midDownload 
Me Too - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2040-11.midDownload 
Me Too - pb James Blythe - SUP 5851.midDownload 
Moon River - pb James Blythe (possibly, per FLH) - COL A-1721-7.midDownload 
Mother Me, Tennessee - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-1990-9.midDownload 
My Cradle Melody - pb James Blythe - COL 418.midDownload 
My Cradle Melody - pb James Blythe - COL A-1699-7.midDownload 
My Cutey's Due At Two-To-Two Today - pb James Blythe - SUP 5821.midDownload 
My Gal Sal - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1694-11.midDownload 
My Honey's Lovin' Arms - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1683-4.midDownload 
My Old Hawaiian Home - pb James Blythe - COL 452.midDownload 
My Old Ramshackle Shack (Ager) - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1765-9.midDownload 
My Papa Doesn't Two Time No Time - pb James Blythe as Florence Sanger (per FLH) - COL 1006.midDownload 
My Papa Doesn't Two Time No Time - pb James Blythe as Florence Sanger (per FLH) - COL A-1872-1.midDownload 
My Sally - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1910-3.midDownload 
My Sally - pb James Blythe - COL 1091.midDownload 
No No Nora - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL 662.midDownload 
No One Knows What It's All About - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1905-9.midDownload 
No One Knows What It's All About - pb James Blythe - COL 1090.midDownload 
Nothing Else To Do - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - American 1430.midDownload 
Nothing Else To Do - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP A-1990-8.midDownload 
Only A Butterfly - pb James Blythe - COL 842.midDownload 
Our Little Home - pb James Blythe - American 806.midDownload 
Pal Of My Lonesome Hours (FT) - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-2059-10.midDownload 
Panama Twilight - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1760-3.midDownload 
Pickin' Em Up And Layin' Em Down - pb James Blythe - COL 1005.midDownload 
Poor Papa - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1990-7.midDownload 
Poor Papa - pb James Blythe - SUP 5719.midDownload 
Pump Song, The - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2014-6.midDownload 
Pump Song, The - pb James Blythe - SUP 5813.midDownload 
Ray And His Little Chevrolet - pb James Blythe as Wayne Love (probably, per FLH) - SUP 5498.midDownload 
Red Moon (Kortlander) - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (per FLH) - COL A-1751-5.midDownload 
Red Moon (Kortlander) - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (per FLH) - SUP 5304.midDownload 
River Shannon Moon - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (probably, per FLH) - COL A-1755-7.midDownload 
Rocky Mountain Moon - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1730-2.midDownload 
Sally (I Wonder What's Become Of) - pb James Blythe - COL A-1852-1.midDownload 
Sally (I Wonder What's Become Of) - pb James Blythe - SUP 5497.midDownload 
Saw Mill River Road - pb James Blythe - COL 544.midDownload 
Saw Mill River Road - pb James Blythe - COL A-1737-4.midDownload 
Say It While Dancing - pb James Blythe - COL 425.midDownload 
Say It While Dancing - pb James Blythe - COL A-1706-2.midDownload 
Say It While Dancing - pb James Blythe - COL A-1722-10.midDownload 
School Day Sweethearts - pb James Blythe - CAP 1623.midDownload 
Shanghai Honeymoon - pb James Blythe - SUP 5843.midDownload 
She Knows Her Onions - pb James Blythe - SUP 5849.midDownload 
She Was Just A Sailor's Sweetheart - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1967-5.midDownload 
She Was Just A Sailor's Sweetheart - pb James Blythe - SUP 5664.midDownload 
She's Still My Baby - pb James Blythe - CAP 1679.midDownload 
Shine (Dabney) - pb James Blythe - COL 911.midDownload 
Shine (Dabney) - pb James Blythe - COL A-1849-7.midDownload 
Sittin' In A Corner - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL 744.midDownload 
Sleepy Head - pb James Blythe - SUP 5804.midDownload 
Sneak, The - pb James Blythe - SUP 5245.midDownload 
Sob Sister Sadie - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1912-2.midDownload 
Somebody's Lonely - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2011-7.midDownload 
Somebody's Lonely - pb James Blythe - SUP 5762.midDownload 
Someone Is Losin' Susan - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2031-10.midDownload 
Someone Is Losin' Susan - pb James Blythe - SUP 5806.midDownload 
Sun-Kist Rose (Cal DeVoll) - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1765-8.midDownload 
Sunshine Alley (West) - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1706-7.midDownload 
Sweet Child, I'm Wild About You - pb James Blythe - CAP 1427.midDownload 
Sweet Child, I'm Wild About You - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1990-10.midDownload 
Sweet Indiana Home - pb James Blythe - COL 395.midDownload 
Sweet Indiana Home - pb James Blythe - COL A-1694-8.midDownload 
Sweet Indiana Home - pb James Blythe - COL A-1703-9.midDownload 
Sweet Indiana Home - pb James Blythe - COL A-1722-9.midDownload 
Sweet Southern Breeze - pb James Blythe - American 1552.midDownload 
Sweet Southern Breeze - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2023-4.midDownload 
Swingin' Down The Lane - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (probably, per FLH) - COL A-1755-1.midDownload 
Swingin' Down The Lane - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (probably, per FLH) - SUP 5305.midDownload 
Take This Rose - pb James Blythe - CAP 1504.midDownload 
Tell All The Folks In Kentucky - pb James Blythe - COL 748.midDownload 
Tell Me With Smiles - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1751-3.midDownload 
Tell Me, Gypsy - pb Wayne Love (possibly Blythe or Johnson per FLH) - COL A-1760-8.midDownload 
That's My Girl - pb James Blythe - SUP 5825.midDownload 
That's Why I Love You - pb James Blythe - CAP 1519.midDownload 
That's Why I Love You - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2017-6.midDownload 
There Are Two Sides To Every Story - pb James Blythe - CAP 1467.midDownload 
There Are Two Sides To Every Story - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1999-6.midDownload 
There's A Down In Dixie Feelin' Hangin' Around Me - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1706-9.midDownload 
Think Of Me - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison (per FLH) - COL A-1755-8.midDownload 
Thinking - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - CAP A-2014-2.midDownload 
Three O'Clock In The Morning - pb James Blythe as Wayne Love - COL A-1703-5.midDownload 
Three O'Clock In The Morning - pb James Blythe or Clarence Johnson as Wayne Love (per FLH) - COL A-1694-2.midDownload 
Three O'Clock In The Morning - pb James Blythe or Clarence Johnson as Wayne Love (per FLH) - COL A-1713-3.midDownload 
Three O'Clock In The Morning - pb James Blythe or Clarence Johnson as Wayne Love (per FLH) - SUP 5209.midDownload 
Till My Luck Comes Rolling Along - pb James Blythe - COL 546.midDownload 
Till My Luck Comes Rolling Along - pb James Blythe - COL A-1737-10.midDownload 
Tonight's My Night With Baby - pb James Blythe - SUP 5744.midDownload 
Tripping Along - pb James Blythe - SUP 5387.midDownload 
Trudy - pb James Blythe - SUP 5838.midDownload 
True Blue Sam - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (probably, per FLH) - COL 480.midDownload 
Until We Meet Again, Sweetheart - pb James Blythe (NOT characteristic of JB per FLH) - SUP 4611.midDownload 
Waitin' For The Evenin' Mail - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones - COL 673.midDownload 
Waiting For The Rainbow - pb James Blythe as Erwin Schmidt (per FLH) - CAP A-2121-9.midDownload 
Want A Little Lovin' - pb James Blythe - CAP 1434.midDownload 
Want A Little Lovin' - pb James Blythe - CAP A-1990-2.midDownload 
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL 530.midDownload 
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1730-9.midDownload 
What Do We Care If It's One O'Clock - pb James Blythe - American 1398.midDownload 
When Hearts Are Young - pb James Blythe as Nell Morrison - COL 586.midDownload 
When I Was The Dandy And You Were The Belle - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP A-1882-10.midDownload 
When I Was The Dandy And You Were The Belle - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL 1036.midDownload 
When Mother Sings Sweet And Low - pb James Blythe - COL A-1820-5.midDownload 
When My Sugar Walks Down The Street - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP 1174.midDownload 
When My Sugar Walks Down The Street - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - CAP A-1927-10.midDownload 
When The Leaves Come Tumbling Down - pb James Blythe (per FLH) - COL A-1721-1.midDownload 
When The Leaves Come Tumbling Down - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL 464.midDownload 
Where'd You Get Those Eyes - pb James Blythe - SUP 5785.midDownload 
Whispering Pines - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1730-7.midDownload 
Who - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COl 398.midDownload 
Who Wouldn't - pb James Blythe - American 1588.midDownload 
Who's Sorry Now - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1755-6.midDownload 
Who's Sorry Now - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - SUP 5314.midDownload 
Why Don't My Dreams Come True - pb James Blythe - COL 948.midDownload 
Wonderful One - pb James Blythe as Wayne Love (possibly, per FLH) - COL A-1737-5.midDownload 
Yes, We Have No Bananas - pb James Blythe as Gladys Bagwill (possibly, per FLH) - COL A-1760-1.midDownload 
You Tell Her, I Stutter - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - COL A-1751-1.midDownload 
You Tell Her, I Stutter - pb James Blythe as Paul Jones (per FLH) - SUP 5262.midDownload 
You're More Like A Pal Than A Sweetheart - pb James Blythe - CAP A-2126-4.midDownload 
You're More Like A Pal Than A Sweetheart - pb James Blythe - SUP 6020.midDownload 

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