From the Record Shelves #16

Lonesome Road

RCA LPM-1295

There was a time in the 1960s when we had a jazz program in the national radio where you could suggest that they should play a certain record and then as a reward you got a copy of it.

I used to listen now and then, but it was only modern, the kind of jazz that I did not care much about. I thought that I should find something that they could digest, not something too early for them, like from the 20s. So I suggested this one, and one morning I found the LP outside my door!

The story is that cornetist Muggsy Spanier was hospitalized for a period and after coming out of it in 1939 put a group together that made “The Great 16”, recordings that became dixieland classics.