Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Two 1916 country sides by Don Richardson
Starting in 1916 (six years before the alleged first country 78!), North Carolinian fiddler Don Richardson recorded a number of country sides for Columbia, Okeh, and other labels. Don's first recording happened in 1914,. but--as we discovered two posts back--it was not country. Very nice society orch. music, but not country.
Anyway, here's a great photo of Don, which I saved from Robert Morritt's now-departed Richardson page:
"Why am I not better-known?"--Don, puzzling.
Since we know it's Don, we're freed from having to wonder if this is a photo of (pick one): Art Garfunkel's dad, Seth Green's granddad, a time-traveling Don Most (Happy Days), and/or a lost Marx Brother.
Today, I offer two 1916 lively and excellent Richardson sides from my own collection in a handy zip file:
The Devil's Dream--Reel--Don Richardson, violin solo (Columbia A-2575; 1916)
Mrs. McLeod's Reel--Same.