D E   F O R D   B A I L E Y   mid 1970s; source: Dieter Moll: Das Buch des Blues, p. 87; photographer: David Morton
De Ford
Bailey
b. December 14, 1899 in Smith County, Tennessee
d. July 2, 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee
discography
D E   F O R D   B A I L E Y c. 1928; source: Russell 1970, p. 53
De Ford Bailey c. 1928; source: Tony Russell 1970, p. 53

This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

De Ford Bailey 78 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes

10 inch 78 rpm
   

- Pan American Express (143846-2)
- Hesitation Mama (143847-2)

rec. April 1, 1927 in Atlanta, GA; DeFord Bailey, hca
Columbia unissued
11927DE FORD BAILEY

- Dixie Flyer Blues (E-22501/02) *
- Pan American Blues (E-22475/76) #

# rec. April 18, 1927 in New York City; DeFord Bailey, hca
* rec. April 19, 1927 in New York City; DeFord Bailey, hca



Brunswick 146




= Vocalion 5180

21927DE FORD BAILEY

- Muscle Shoal Blues (E-22507/08)
- Up Country Blues (E-22503/04)

rec. April 19, 1927 in New York City; DeFord Bailey, hca



Brunswick 147

= Brunswick 434 (Ca)

31927DE FORD BAILEY

- Evening Prayer Blues (E-22505/06)
- Alcoholic Blues (E-22511)

rec. April 19, 1927 in New York City; DeFord Bailey, hca

Brunswick 148


= Brunswick 435 (Ca)


= Vocalion 5147

41927DE FORD BAILEY

- Fox Chase (E-22512)
- Old Hen Cackle (E-22509/10)

rec. April 19, 1927 in New York City; DeFord Bailey, hca

Brunswick 149




= Vocalion 5190

51928De Ford Bailey

- Ice Water Blues (47112-1)
- Davidson County Blues (47116-1)

rec. October 2, 1928 in Nashville, Tenn.; DeFord Bailey, hca



Victor V38014








= Bluebird B5147

= Sunrise S3228




= Montgomery Ward
M4910

   

- Lost John (47110-2)
- Kansas City Blues (47113-2)
- Casey Jones (47114-2)
- Wood Street Blues (47115-2)
- Nashville Blues (47117-2)

rec. October 2, 1928 in Nashville, Tenn.; DeFord Bailey, hca
Victor unissued
61930De Ford Bailey / Noah Lewis

De Ford Bailey
- John Henry (47111-2) #
Noah Lewis
- Like I Want To Be (64734-2)


# rec. October 2, 1928 in Nashville, Tenn.; DeFord Bailey, hca
* rec. November 26, 1930 in Memphis, Tenn.; Noah Lewis, hca

Victor 23336
71931De Ford Bailey / D.H. Bilbro

De Ford Bailey
- John Henry (47111-2) #
D.H. Bilbro
- Chester Blues (69364-2) *


# rec. October 2, 1928 in Nashville, Tenn.; DeFord Bailey, hca
* rec. May 27, 1931 in Charlotte, NC; D.H. Bilbro, hca

Victor 23831

LP / CD compilations
81969The Great Harmonica Players Vol. 1

Blues Birdhead
- Mean Low Blues
- Harmonica Blues
Palmer McAbee
- Lost Boy Blues
- McAbee's Railroad Piece
William Francis & Richard Sowell
- John Henry Blues
- Roubin Blues
George "Bullet" Williams
- Middlin' Blues
Noah Lewis
- Chicasaw Special

Slim Barton And Eddie Mapp
- I'm Hot Like That
- Careless Love

De Ford Bailey
- Ice Water Blues
- Davidson County Blues
The Two Of Spades (Herbert Leonard & Harry Mays)
- Meddlin' With The Blues
- Harmonica Blues
Jaybird Coleman
- Ah'm Sick And Tired Of Tellin' You (To Wiggle That Thing)
Whistlin' Pete & Daddy Stovepipe
- Black Snake Blues



Roots RL-320

Roots discography

91972Bukka White sings Sic 'em Dogs On Me 1927 to 1939

Elizabeth Johnson
- Be My Kid Blues (1928)
- Sobbin' Woman Blues (1928)
Mae Glover
- I Ain't Givin' Nobody None (1929)
Washington (Barrelhouse) White
- Po' Boy (1939)
- Sic 'Em Dogs On Me (1939)
Ishman Bracey
- Suitcase Full Of Blues (1930)
Rosie Mae Moore
- Ha Ha Blues (1928)

De Ford Bailey
- John Henry Blues (1928)
D.H. Bilbro
- Chester Blues (1931)

Louie Lasky
- How You Want Your Rollin' Done (1935)
- Teasin' Brown Blues (1935)
Willie Baker
- Weak Minded Blues (1929)
- Rag Baby (1929)
Long "Cleve" Reed & The Downhome Boys
- Mama You Don't Know How (1927)
- Original Stack O'Lee Blues (1927)
Mississipi John Hurt
- Stack O'Lee Blues (1928)
Furry Lewis
- John Henry Blues - part 1 (1929)
Charley Patton
- Heart Like Railroad Steel (1929)


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Herwin H 201

Herwin discography

101976Nashville Early String Bands Vol. 2

- Jobbin Getting There - Crook Brothers
- Over The Road I'm Bound To Go - Uncle Dave Macon
- Hales' Rag - Theron Hale & Daughter

- Muscle Shoals Blues - DeFord Bailey
- Old Master's Runaway - McGee Brothers
- Karo - Uncle Jimmy Thompson
- Bill Cheatham - Magrum & Schreiber

- Brown's Ferry Blues - Sam McGee
- Jolly Blacksmith - Theron Hale & Daughter
- Going Across The Sea - Crook Brothers

- Pan American Blues - DeFord Bailey
- Billy Wilson - Uncle Jimmy Thompson
- Bake That Chicken Pie - Uncle Dave Macon



County 542
111976Harmonica Blues
Great Harmonica Performances of the 1920s and '30s

Freeman Stowers
- Railroad Blues
State Street Boys
- Crazy About You
Carver Boys
- Wang Wang Harmonica Blues
Lee Brown
- My Driving Wheel
Ashley & Foster
- Bay Rum Blues
Robert Hill
- I'm Going To Write And Tell Mother
Chuck Darling
- Blowin' The Blues
- Harmonica Rag
Jaybird Coleman
- Man Trouble Blues
Jazz Gillum
- I Want You By My Side
Alfred Lewis
- Friday Moan Blues
Chicken Wilson & Skeeter Hinton
- House Snake Blues Bobby Leecan & Robert Cooksey
- Need More Blues

De Ford Bailey
- Davidson County Blues


notes by Steve Calt
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Yazoo L 1053

click to enlarge!
= CD 1053 YAZ

Yazoo discography

121985Harmonica Showcase
De Ford Bailey and D.H. 'Bert' Bilbro 1927-31

De Ford Bailey
- Pan-American Blues (E-22475/76)
- Dixie Flyer Blues (E-22501/02)
- Up Country Blues (E-22503/04)
- Evening Prayer Blues (E-22505/06)
- Muscle Shoals Blues (E-22507/08)
- Old Hen Cackle (E-22509/10)
- The Alcoholic Blues (E-22511)
- Fox Chase (E-22512)

- John Henry (47111-2)
- Ice Water Blues (47112-1)
- Davidson County Blues (47116-1)
D. H. 'Bert' Bilbro
- C. & N. W. Blues (402041)
- Mohana Blues (402042)
- Yes, Indeed I Do (402309)
- We're Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight (402310)
- Chester Blues (69364-2)


notes by Paul Oliver

Matchbox MSE-218

Matchbox discography

131986Sixty Years Of Grand Ole Opry

DeFord Bailey
- John Henry

DLP

RCA Victor CPL 2-9507

(=) RCA CD 6864-2-RDJ

141988Nashville Sixty Years 1928 - 1988

DeFord Bailey
- John Henry

3 CD box

RCA CD 6864-2-RDJ
151993Harp Blowers 1925 - 1936

John Henry Howard (1925)
- Black Snake
- Do Lord Do Remember Me
- I`ve Started For The Kingdom
- Gonna Keep My Skillet Good And Greasy

De Ford Bailey (1927-1928)
- Pan American Blues
- Dixie Flyer Blues
- Up Country Blues
- Evening Prayer Blues
- Muscle Shoal Blues
- Old Hen Cackle
- Alcoholic Blues
- Fox Chase
- John Henry
- Ice Water Blues
- Davidson County Blues
D.H. Bert Bilbro (1928-1931)
- C. & N.W. Blues
- Mohana Blues
- Yes, Indeed I Do
- We`re Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight
- Chester Blues
George Clarke (1936)
- Prisoner Blues
- Court-House Blues
- More Blues (harmonica blues)


notes by Paul Reddick

Document DOCD 5164
161998The Legendary DeFord Bailey
Country Music's First Black Star

- Pan American
- Ain't Gonna Rain No More
- Lost John
- Alcoholic Blues
- Cow Cow Blues
- John Henry
- Speech About Harps
- Old Hen Cackle (take 1)
- Sweet Marie
- Black Man Blues
- Red River Valley
- Gotta See Mama Every Night
- Welcome Table
- Kansas City Blues
- Stove Pipe Blues
- Speech About Water And Harps
- Shoe Shine Boy
- Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
- Talk About Grandfather
- Hesitation Blues
- Old Hen Cackle (take 2)
- Saints
- Don't Get Weary Children
- Sook Cow
- Down The Road A Piece
- Evening Prayer

rec. between October 1974 and October 1976 by David Morton; DeFord Bailey, hca, banjo, g, speech
notes by Charles K. Wolfe

Tennessee Folklore Society
TFS-122-CD
171999Broke, Black And Blue
An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities

disc 1:
Up Country Blues
- Barrel House Blues - Ed Andrews
- Georgia Stockade Blues - Tom Delaney
- Sun Brimmers Blues - Memphis Jug Band
- Goin' To Leave You Blues - Big Boy Cleveland
- Dry Bone Shuffle - Blind Blake

- Up Country Blues - DeFord Bailey
- Dead Drunk Blues - Sippie Wallace
- Original Stack O'Lee Blues - Long 'Cleve' Reed
- Easy Rider Don't You Deny My Name - Barbecue Bob
- Bo Lita - Kid Brown
- Everybody Help The Boys Come Home - William & Versey Smith
- Church Bells Blues - Luke Jordan
- Two Ways To Texas - Emery Glen
- It Won't Be Long Now - Barbecue Bob & Laughing Charley
- Bottleneck Blues - Weaver & Beasley
- Rock Island Blues - Lewis Black
- Midnight Blues - Bill Moore
- Fare Thee Blues - Johnnie Head
- My Monday Woman Blues - Jim Jackson
- What's The Matter Blues - Frank Stokes
- School Girl Blues - Rosie Mae Moore
- Cool Drink Of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson
- Left Alone Blues - Ishman Bracey
- T And T Blues - Mooch Richardson
- TC Johnson Blues - T. C. Johnson


disc 2:
Broke & Hungry Blues
- Ham Hound Crave - Rube Lacey
- No More Women Blues - Alger "Texas" Alexander
- How Long, How Long Blues - Willie Jackson
- Unknown Blues - Tarter & Gay
- Chicken Wilson Blues - Chicken Wilson
- Stack O' Lee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
- Broke And Hungry Blues - Peg Leg Howell
- Funny Feathers - Victoria Spivey
- Pitchin' Boogie - William Ezell
- Mr- Devil Blues - Jed Davenport
- Mississippi Bottom Blues - Kid Bailey
- Weary Heart Blues - James Wiggins
- Poor Man Blues - Henry Townsend
- Framer's Blues - Eli Framer
- Trinity River Blues - T-Bone Walker
- Heavy Suitcase Blues - Charley Taylor
- Traveling Mama Blues - Joe Calicott
- Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues - Garfield Akers
- Bedside Blues - Jim Thompkins
- Walking Blues - Son House
- Future Blues - Willie Brown
- Long Ways from Home - Louise Johnson
- Frisco Blues - Bayless Rose
- Good Boy Blues - Arthur Petties
- No Special Rider Blues - Little Brother Montgomery


disc 3:
Good Whiskey Blues
- Married Man Blues - Blind Willie Reynolds
- Dupree Blues - Willie Walker
- 22-20 Blues - Skip James
- Lonesome Road Blues - Sam Collins
- Midnight Hour Blues - Leroy Carr
- Fat Mama Blues - Jabo Williams
- Never Mind Blues - Georgia Boyd
- Twelves (Dirty Dozens) - Kokomo Arnold
- Little Leg Woman - Big Joe Williams
- That's What My Baby Likes - Bessie Jackson
- Good Whiskey Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw
- Strut That Thing - Cripple Clarence Lofton
- Teasin' Brown Blues - Louie Lasky
- Cold Blooded Murder, No.2 - Bumble Bee Slim
- Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind - Blind Boy Fuller
- Ashes In My Whiskey - Walter Davis
- It's Cold in China Blues - The Mississippi Moaner
- Jockey Blues - Jazz Gillum
- Prisoner Blues - George Clarke
- Back Door Blues - Casey Bill Weldon
- Don't Sell It (Don't Give It Away) - Buddy Woods
- Booker T. Blues - Washboard Sam
- Hard Scufflin' Blues - Little Buddy Doyle
- Jersey Belle Blues - Lonnie Johnson
- Baby, Please Don't Tell On Me - Tommy McClennan


disc 4:
Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame
- East St.Louis Blues - Faber Smith, Jimmy Yancey
- Bukka's Jitterbug Swing - Bukka White
- Can't You Read - Big Maceo Merriweather
- Life Is Like That - Memphis Slim
- Memory Of Sonny Boy - Forrest City Joe
- Horse Shoe Boogie - Lee Brown
- Ruby Moore Blues - Lee Brown
- Low Land Blues - Lee Brown
- Round The World Blues - Lee Brown
- Rock That Boogie - Jimmie Gordon
- Fast Life - Jimmie Gordon
- Mistreated Blues - Jimmie Gordon
- I Ain't Like That No More - Jimmie Gordon
- Chain Gang Blues - Johnny Temple
- Yum, Yum, Yum - Johnny Temple
- My Baby's Acting Funny - Jimmie Gordon
- It's Time To Go - Jimmie Gordon
- That Woman's A Pearl Diver - Jimmie Gordon
- Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame - Jimmie Gordon
- I Believe I'll Go Downtown Again - Johnny Temple
- Something In The Moon That Gives Me A Thrill - Johnny Temple
- Dixie Flyer - Johnny Temple
- Believe My Sins Have Found Me Out - Johnny Temple
- Rhythm Mama - Johnny Temple
- New Little Girl, Little Girl - Lee Brown


4 CD set,   40 page
booklet by Joop Visser





Proper CDBOX 7 (UK 1999)
182011Harmonica Genius: Deford Bailey
Best of Blues   Vol. 1

- Pan American Blues
- Dixie Flyer Blues
- Up Country Blues
- Evening Prayer Blues
- Muscle Shoals Blues
- Old Hen Cackle
- The Alcoholic Blues
- Fox Chase
- John Henry
- Ice Water Blues
- Davidson County Blues


Collection Gerard Herzhaft
- Remastered
[download only]


Additional information appreciated !!!

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Robert M.W. Dixon, John Godrich & Howard W. Rye: Blues & Gospel Records 1890 - 1943, 4th ed. 1997, p. 31, 544
- Dieter Moll: Das Buch des Blues.- Königswinter (Heel) 1989
- David C. Morton with Charles K. Wolfe: DeFord Bailey - A Black Star in Early Country Music.- Knoxville (The University of Tennessee Press) 1991
- Tony Russell: Blacks, Whites and Blues.- New York (Stein & Day) 1970
- Tony Russell & Bob Pinson: Country Music Records, A Discography, 1921 - 1942, p. 88, 104
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07031/757984-237.stm
picture at the top of that column: De Ford Bailey mid 1970s; source: Moll p. 87; photographer: David Morton

thanks to Michael Robertson for additional info / label scans

 

http://www.pbs.org/deford/

Stefan Wirz


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