Sam Gary
b. February 19, 1917 in Florida
d. July 20 or 21 [?], 1986 in Aiken, South Carolina

discography
S A M   G A R Y; source: front cover of Transition trlp F-1
source: front cover of Transition trlp F-1
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

Sam Gary EPs / LPs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11956Sam Gary Sings

- Red Sun
- Do Down Moses
- Troubles Of The World
- Motherless Child

- Go Way From My Window
- Whirl And Twirl Me  
- His Eye Is On The Sparrow  
- Scandalize My Name #
- A Closer Walk With Thee  
- Shenandoah

rec. Dec. 12, 1955; prod. by Dean Laurence [Dean Gitter]; Sam Gary, voc; Josh White, g, # voc

"... Sam Gary Sings, the only solo recording of Josh (White)'s longtime friend and musical partner. Issued on London's Esquire Records and in the States on the short-lived Transition label, it purports to feature one Dean Laurence on guitar, and to have been recorded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but Laurence plays on only two cuts, and the dates would seem to place Josh and Gary in England. Wherever the record was made, most of it features Josh, tastefully framing Gary's vocals and adding vocal responses on 'Scandalize My Name,' a rewrite of 'Scandalous and a Shame', the song with which Josh had made his recording debute at age fourteen. Josh often backed Gary at parties and gave him solo spots on stage, but this was the only time Gary stepped out of his sideman role on disc." (Elijah Wald: Josh White - Society Blues.- p. 244

liner notes; click to read pdf-file !
Transition trlp F-1 booklet
notes by Dean Laurence
[Dean Gitter]
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Esquire 32-017 mono (UK)
= Esquire 52-017 stereo

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Transition trlp F-1 (US 1957)

Transition Records
founded by Tom Wilson

21956Sam Gary Sings                      

- Red Sun
- Whirl And Twirl Me

- Go Way From My Window
- Shenandoah

rec. Dec. 12, 1955

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Esquire EP 129
31957Sam Gary: Go Down Moses
Sam Gary sings Spirituals

- Go Down Moses
- Motherless Child
- Scandalize My Name

rec. Dec. 12, 1955

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Esquire EP 159
41957again sam gary sings spirituals                      

- Troubles Of The World
- A Closer Walk With Thee

- His Eye Is On The Sparrow

rec. Dec. 12, 1955; acc. by Dean Law[!]rence, g

notes by Dean Lawrence
[Dean Gitter]
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Esquire EP 189
  Sam Gary Sings The Gospel                      

announced in booklet accompanying Transition trlp F-1
(see picture above), but obviously never recorded (?) / issued
Transition trlp F-3

 

Sam Gary 1955 (from liner notes of Transition trlp F-1; photo: Nick Dean)
Sam Gary 1955 (from booklet accompanying Transition trlp F-1)

 

Sam Gary, Dean Laurence & ???  1955 (from liner notes of Transition trlp F-1; photo: Nick Dean)
Sam Gary, Dean Laurence [Dean Gitter] & ??? [Tom Wilson] 1955
(from booklet accompanying Transition trlp F-1)

 

Dean Laurence & Sam Gary 1955 (from liner notes of Transition trlp F-1; photo: Nick Dean)
Dean Laurence [Dean Gitter] & Sam Gary 1955
(from booklet accompanying Transition trlp F-1)

 

(Guest) Appearances on other Artist's recordings
#year
of release
artist / title / instrument(s) played by Sam Garylabel # / notes
11940Josh White and his Carolinians: Chain Gang

- Chain Gang Boun'
- Nine Foot Shovel

- Trouble
- Goin' Home Boys

- Cryin' Who Cryin' You (part 1)
- Cryin' Who Cryin' You (part 2)

- Told My Cap'n
- Jerry

from liner notes:
"Columbia Records proudly presents what is perhaps the most genuine folk music of our times...seven Negro laments of the chain gang sung by Joshua White and his Carolinians"

prod. John Hammond Sr.

The Carolinians are: Josh White, Bill White, Sam Gary, Bayard Rustin

set of four 78 rpm records
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Columbia C-22

Josh White Sr.
discography

21941Songs For John Doe by the Almanac Singers

- Ballad Of October 16th
- Billy Boy (Josh White, voc)
- 'C' For Conscription
- Liza Jane (Josh White, voc)
- Plow Under
- The Strange Death Of John Doe
- Washington Breakdown

Pete Seeger, voc, banjo; Lee Hayes, voc; Millard Lampell, voc; Josh White, g, voc; Sam Gary, voc

Almanac Records 102

more info

31941The Almanac Singers: Talking Union

- All I Want
- Get Thee Behind Me, Satan

- Talking Union
- The Union Maid

- Union Train
- Which Side Are You On?

Pete Seeger, voc, banjo; Lee Hayes, voc; Millard Lampell, voc; Josh White, g, voc; Sam Gary, Carol White, Bess Lomax Hawes, voc

set of three 78 rpm records



Keynote 106

more info

41956Josh At Midnight

- St. James Infirmary
- Raise A Rukus *
- Scandalize My Name **
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed
- Timber (Jerry The Mule) *
- Jelly, Jelly*

- One Meat Ball *
- Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho **
- Don't Lie Buddy *
- Number Twelve Train
- Peter *
- Takin' Names

Josh White, voc, g; Al Hall, b; * Sam Gary, backing voc; **Sam Gary, lead voc

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Bounty 6001 (UK)

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accompanying booklet; click to enlarge !
= Elektra EKL 102

Josh White Sr.
discography

51956Josh White Comes A-Visitin'

Livingston 1085 / Period SPL 1115 / London H-APB 1038 track list:
- Come Along Charlie
- Bury Me High
- Evil-Hearted Man #
- Go Away From My Window

- Bonbons, Chocolate And Chewing Gum
- You Know, Baby
- She's Too Much For Me
- When The Dark Clouds Roll Away

Period SPL 1209 track list:
Josh White comes a-visitin'
- Bonbons, Chocolate, And Chewing Gum
- You Know Baby
- She's Too Much For Me
- When The Dark Clouds Roll By
- Come Along Charlie
- Bury Me High
- Evil-Hearted Man #
- Go Away From My Window

Big Bill Broonzy sings
- Hey Bud Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Letter To My Baby
- Do Right Blues
- Make My Getaway
- Backwater Blues
- Lowland Blues
- Hollerin' And Cryin' The Blues

rec. New York 1956; Josh White, voc, g; Sam Benskin, org; Al Hall, b; Jimmy Crawford, dr; Beverley White, Bill White, Sam Gary, voc grp (except #)

10 inch LP
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Livingston 1085 (US)

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= Period SPL 1115 (US)

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= London H-APB 1038 (UK)

12 inch LP
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(=) Period SPL 1209 (1958)
along with (on side 2)
"Big Bill Broonzy sings"
(from Period SPL 1114)

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Josh White Sr.
discography

61970The Best Of Josh White

- Free And Equal Blues
- Where Were You, Baby?
- You Don't Know My Mind
- Sam Hall
- Run, Mona, Run

- Timber (from 'Josh At Midnight')
- Takin' Names (from 'Josh At Midnight')
- St James Infirmary (from 'Josh At Midnight')

- One Meat Ball (from 'Josh At Midnight')
- Peter (from 'Josh At Midnight')
- Jelly, Jelly (from 'Josh At Midnight')
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed
  (from 'Josh At Midnight')
- Hallelu
- Prison Bound Blues


- Midnight Special
- Told My Captain
- Going Home Boys
- Trouble
- Silicosis Blues
- Southern Exposure
- Empty Bed Blues

- The Story Of John Henry

DLP
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Elektra EKS 75008 (stereo)

Josh White Sr.
discography

71989Joshua White 1933 - 1941

- Silicosis Is Killin' Me
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

- Chain Gang Boun' (+ Carolinians)
- Nine Foot Shovel (+ Carolinians)
- Trouble (+ Carolinians)
- Told My Cap'n (+ Carolinians)
- Goin' Home, Boys (+ Carolinians)
- Cryin' Who? Cryin' You (part 1) (+ Carolinians)
- Cryin' Who? Cryin' You (part 2) (+ Carolinians)
- Jerry (+ Carolinians)
- I Don't Care Where Dey Bury My Body
- King Jesus Knows I'm Coming
- I Wonder Will My Mother Be On Dat Train
- Soon In De Mornin'
- Defense Factory Blues
- Bad Housing Blues
- Hard Times Blues
- Uncle Sam Says
- Southern Exposure
- Jim Crow Train


Best Of Blues BOB 11
= BOB CD 7 (1994)

more info

Josh White Sr.
discography

81995Josh White Vol. 4 1940 - 1941

- Chain Gang Boun' (+ Carolinians)
- Nine Foot Shovel (+ Carolinians)
- Trouble (+ Carolinians)
- Told My Cap'n (+ Carolinians)
- Goin' Home, Boys (+ Carolinians)
- Cryin' Who? Cryin' You! (Part 1) (+ Carolinians)
- Cryin' Who? Cryin' You! (Part 2) (+ Carolinians)
- Jerry (+ Carolinians)
- I Don't Care Where Dey Bury My Body
- Glory To His Name
- King Jesus Knows I'm Coming
- I Wonder Will My Mother Be On Dat Train
- Soon In De Mornin'
- I Lay A-Dreamin'
- Gotta Go
- Eve's Apple Tree
- She's A Married Woman
- Defense Factory Blues
- Bad Housing Blues
- Hard Times Blues
- Uncle Sam Says
- Southern Exposure
- Jim Crow Train


Document DOCD 5405

www.document-records.com

Josh White Sr.
discography

92001Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom (1950-1970)

Josh White
- One Meat Ball (from 'Josh At Midnight')
3 CD box

Rhino R2 74264

www.rhinorecords.com

102004Josh White - The Elektra Years

- St. James Infirmary
- You Don't Know My Mind
- Number Twelve Train
- Run, Mona, Run
- Silicosis Blues
- Red Sun
- Southern Exposure

- Timber
- One Meat Ball
- Gloomy Sunday
- Free And Equal Blues
- Jim Crow Train
- Live The Life
- Did You Ever Love A Woman?
- Delia's Gone
- So Soon In The Morning
- Halleleu
- Mother On That Train
- Taking Names

- Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
- Scandalize My Name
- Raise A Ruckus
- The Story Of John Henry
- Where Were You Baby

- Jelly Jelly
- Woman Sure Is A Curious Critter
- Empty Bed Blues
- Bottle Up And Go
- One For My Baby
- Sam Hall
- Prison Bound Blues
- Trouble
- Ball And Chain Blues
- 'Twas On A Monday
- Going Home Boys
- Told My Captain
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed
- Bury My Body
- Lay Some Flowers On My Grave
2 CD set
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Rhino handmade RHM2 7879
limited edition of 2500 Copies

www.rhinohandmade.com

Josh White Sr.
discography

112006Josh White: Blood Red River

- Wing Wang Harmonica Blues - The Carver Boys, Josh White
- Black And Evil Blues - Josh White
- Double Crossing Woman - Josh White
- Blood Red River - Josh White
- This Heart Of Mine - Josh White
- Good Woman Blues - Leroy Carr, Josh White
- School Boy Blues - Walter Roland, Josh White
- Milk Cow Blues - Josh White, Clarence Williams
- Barbeque Bess - Lucille Bogan, Josh White
- Paul And Silas Bound In Jail - Walter Roland, Josh White
- Oh Lordy Mama No 2 - Buddy Moss, Josh White
- Silicosis Is Killin' Me - Josh White
- Careless Love - Sidney Bechet, Josh White

- Jerry - Josh White & His Carolinians
- Trouble - Josh White & His Carolinians
- Billy Boy - Josh White
- Liza Jane - Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Josh White
- Baby Baby - Libby Holman, Josh White
- Evil Hearted Man - Josh White
- Hold On - Union Boys, Josh White
- Pretty Flowers In My Backyard - Leadbelly, Josh White
- No. 12 Train - Josh White
- Strange Fruit - Josh White
- Outskirts Of Town - Josh White
- House Of The Risin' Sun - John Simmons, Josh White
- Jelly, Jelly - J.C. Heard, John Simmons, Josh White
- John Henry - J.C. Heard, John Simmons, Josh White
- Minute Man - Josh White, Mary Lou Williams
- Lord Randall, My Son - J.C. Heard, John Simmons, Josh White
- I Left A Good Deal In Mobile - Josh White
- Watercress - John Simmons, Bill White, Josh White
- Betty And Dupree - Josh White
- Sometime - Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Josh White
- Lass With The Delicate Air - J.C. Heard, John Simmons, Josh White
- Man Who Couldn't Walk Around - J.C. Heard, Al McKibbon, Josh White
- Blind Man Stood On The Road And Cried - Raymond Fol, Josh White
- Wanderings - Burns, Coleman, Josh White
- Lonesome Road - Josh White
- Black Gal - Josh White
- Apples, Peaches And Cherries - Norman Burns, Fitzroy Coleman, Jack Fallon, Steve Race, Josh White
- You Don't Know My Mind - Josh White
- Free And Equal Blues - Josh White
- Mint Julep - Kenny Baker, Jack Fallon, Bertie King, Josh White

- Bonbons, Chocolate And Chewing Gum - Sammy Benskin, Jimmy Crawford, Sam Gary, Al Hall, Beverly White, Bill White, Josh White
- Come Along, Charlie - Sammy Benskin, Jimmy Crawford, Sam Gary, Al Hall, Beverly White, Bill White, Josh White
- She's Too Much For Me - Sammy Benskin, Jimmy Crawford, Sam Gary, Al Hall, Beverly White, Bill White, Josh White
- Go Away From My Window - Sammy Benskin, Jimmy Crawford, Sam Gary, Al Hall, Beverly White, Bill White, Josh White
- One Meat Ball - Sam Gary, Al Hall, Josh White
- Scandalize My Name - Sam Gary, Al Hall, Josh White
- St James Infirmary - Sam Gary, Al Hall, Josh White
- I'm A Mean Mistreater - Sammy Benskin, Panama Francis, Leonard Gaskin, Josh White

HMV BLUE201CD

Josh White Sr.
discography

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

Source of left column picture: Front cover of Esquire 32-017

Thanks to Stephen Banker for identifying Dean Lawrence as Dean Gitter & my three question marks as Tom Wilson and to Linda Bush Campbell (Sam Gary's niece) for providing information about date and location of his birth and death

 

Al Hall, Sam Gary and Josh White (from liner notes of Elektra EKL 102); click to enlarge !
Al Hall, Sam Gary and Josh White (from liner notes of Elektra EKL 102)

 

Sam Gary and Josh White (from liner notes of Elektra EKL 102); click to enlarge !
Sam Gary and Josh White (from liner notes of Elektra EKL 102)
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