In 1929 King Oliver signed a contract with Victor Talking Machine Company. These sessions turned out to be his last recordings as a band leader. Oliver had gum disease and was unable to play on many of these tracks and hired other trumpeters to play his parts. Oliver's nephew, Dave Nelson co-wrote many of these songs and wrote a great deal of the arrangements. Hawaiian style, slack key guitarist Roy Smeck is heard on the odd, but strangely effective "Everybody Does It In Hawaii".

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Boogie Woogie
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
4-10-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38134-A
Call Of The Freaks
(Luis Russell / Paul Barbarin)
2-1-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38039-A
Victor
741055
Bluebird
B-6546-A
Can I Tell You? 2-25-1930 New York, New York RCA X
LX-3018

50523-1
Can I Tell You? 2-25-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38049

50523-2
Don't You Think I Love You?
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
5-22-1930 New York, New York Victor
23001-A
Edna
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
4-10-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38137
Everybody Does It In Hawaii
(J. Rogers)
1-15-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38109

58338-1
Everybody Does It In Hawaii
(J. Rogers)
3-18-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38109

58338-4
Frankie And Johnny
(traditional)
12-30-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38109

58339-2
Frankie And Johnny
(traditional)
1-15-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38109

58339-3
Freakish Light Blues 2-1-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38521-B

49649-3
Freakish Light Blues 2-1-1930 New York, New York RCA X
LX-3016

49649-4
I'm Lonesome Sweetheart
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
11-6-1929 New York, New York Victor
23029
I Can't Stop Loving You 11-6-1929 New York, New York Victor
23029
I Must Have It
(King Oliver)
3-18-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38124
I've Got That Thing 1-16-1929 New York, New York RCA X
LX-3018

49651-1
I've Got That Thing 1-16-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38521-A

49651-2
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby 2-18-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6065
I Want You Just Myself 11-6-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38101-B
Loveless Love
(W.C. Handy)
4-15-1931 New York, New York Vocalion
1610
Mule Face Blues
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
4-10-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38134-B
My Good Man Sam 2-25-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38049
Nelson Stomp
(Dave Nelson)
9-19-1930 Camden, New Jersey Victor
LPV-529

64013-1
Nelson Stomp
(Dave Nelson)
9-19-1930 Camden, New Jersey Victor
23388

64013-2
Nelson Stomp
(Dave Nelson)
9-19-1930 Camden, New Jersey Victor
LPM-10017

64013-3
New Orleans Shout
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
12-30-1929 New York, New York Victor
23388
Olga
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
5-22-1930 New York, New York Victor
22681

62238-1
Olga
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
5-22-1930 New York, New York Victor
22681

62238-2
One More Time 4-15-1931 New York, New York Vocalion
1610
Papa De Da Da
"From the Musical Comedy "Lew Leslie's Blackbird's of 1930")

(Clarence Todd / Clarence Williams)
1-9-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6053
Rhythm Club Stomp
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
3-18-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38137
Shake It Don't Break It
(Frisco / Clark)
9-10-1930 New York, New York Victor
23009-A
Stealing Love
(Dave Nelson)
9-19-1930 Camden, New Jersey Victor
LPM-10017

64014-1
Stealing Love
(Dave Nelson)
9-19-1930 Camden, New Jersey Electrola
EG-7853

64014-3
Stingaree Blues
(Clinton A. Kemp)
9-10-1930 New York, New York Victor
23009-B
St. James Infirmary
(Joe Primrose)
5-22-1930 New York, New York Victor
22298-A
Bluebird
B-5466-A
Stop Crying
(King Oliver)
1-9-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6053
Brunswick
1105-B
Struggle Buggy
(C. Walker)
1-28-1930 New York, New York Victor
23001-B
Sugar Blues
(Lucy Fletcher / Clarence Williams)
2-18-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6065
Sweet Like This
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
10-8-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38101-A
The Trumpets Prayer 2-1-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38039-B
Too Late
(King Oliver / Dave Nelson)
10-8-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38090-A
West End Blues
(King Oliver / Clarence Williams)
1-16-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38034-B
What's The Use Of Living Without You?
(From Fox picture "Man Trouble")
Vocal refain by George Bias

(McCarthy / Hanley)
9-12-1930 New York, New York Victor
23011-B
What You Want Me To Do
(King Oliver / Clarence Williams)
10-8-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38090-B
When I Take My Sugar To Tea 4-15-1931 New York, New York Vocalion
1617
When Your Smiling
(The Whole World Smiles At You)

(Fisher / Goodwin / Shay)
1-28-1930 New York, New York Victor
22298-B
Bluebird
B-5466-B
Who's Blue?
(Gould / Rule)
1-9-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6046
Your Just My Type
(King Oliver)
3-18-1930 New York, New York Victor
V-38124
You Were Only Passing Time With Me
Vocal refrain by George Bias

(Alexander Hill)
9-12-1930 New York, New York Victor
23011-A

Artist Instrument
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Paul Barbarin Drums
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Bill Beason Drums
George Bias Vocals
Carroll Dickerson Director
Bill Dillard Trumpet
Henry Duncan Piano
William Franklin Trombone
Charles Frazier Tenor Saxophone
Don Frye Piano
Richard Fullbright Tuba
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Bobby Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto, and Soprano Saxophone
Teddy Hill or Greely Walton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
James P. Johnson Piano
Will Johnson Banjo, Guitar
Edmond Jones Drums
Henry L. Jones Alto Saxophone
Walter Jones Banjo
Norman Lester Piano
Goldie Lucas Guitar, Vocals
Bingie Madison Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Punch Miller Cornet
Bubber Miley Trumpet
Dave Nelson Trumpet
Louis Metcalf Trumpet
Fred Moore Drums
Bass Moore Tuba
King Oliver Trumpet, Director
Glyn Pacque Alto Saxophone
Walter Pichon Vocals
Ward Pinkett Trumpet, Vocals
Gene Rodgers Piano
George Rodgers Director
Luis Russell Piano
Omer Simeon Clarinet, Alto, and Soprano Saxophone
Cassino Simpson Piano, Banjo, Tuba, Drums
Fred Skerritt Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Roy Smeck Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Harmonica
Arthur Taylor Banjo
Clinton Walker Tuba
Loren L. Watson Director
Walter Wheeler Tenor Saxophone
A special thanks to James Gallup and Aaron T. Heverin, for their help with
the recordings on this page.