Albert Ammons – Boogie Woogie Stomp

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That was Boogie Woogie Stomp by Albert Ammons. I have no information about that record except that the tune was written by Albert Ammons. This was the best version I could find. No credit for the clarinet player or trumpet player……except….Benny Goodman had a history of sitting in on record sessions for artistic rather than commercial reasons and without credit. This would have probably been in the late 30’s when Goodman was still with Victor. The trumpet player might have been Harry James. In the late 1930’s, Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, and Pete Johnson had all moved to New York and were playing at the Cafe Society Club. By that time, Ammons and Lewis no longer had to drive Taxi Cabs.

I have a personal anecdote about Albert Ammons. I had dropped in to Don Brown’s Jazz Man Record Shop on my regular monthly visit. When I got there, he was opening his mail and he said, “Well, look at this!”

He handed me the letter he had just opened. It was from Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. Watts had listed three Albert Ammons original 78 RPM records he wanted to buy. Of course, that was many years ago and I have forgotten which ones Charlie Watts was looking to buy. Don said as I handed him back the letter, “If he gets hold of any one of those records, it’ll be a matter of sheer luck.”


About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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