ART GILLHAM PRIVATE RECORDINGS

1946-1950

                                

Art's friend, Ab Luther, from Knoxville, purchased a home recording machine and began recording Art at leisure on acetate disks. Later he upgraded to the new reel to reel tape recording. Other friends also made tape recordings. During this period he made audition records for King Records on acetate and an audition tape for RCA Victor. These recordings have been transferred to compact disks. A set of the compact disks has been given to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia.

1946                                     Atlanta               

                                                                Whispering

                                                                My Gal Sal

                                                                I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In

                                                                Things That Remind Me Of You

1947                                      Atlanta: recording for Ab Luther:

                                                                To Each His Own (for Art Harris and Dora)

                                                                A Little Love, A Little Kiss (for Art Harris and Dora)

                                                                She Said "No"

                                                                The Curse Of An Aching Heart

                                                                Near You

                                                                When You Were Sweet Sixteen

1947-1948                               Gatlinburg, TN, recording for Ab Luther

                                                                I Cried For You

                                                                She Was Poor, But She Was Honest

                                                                Angry

                                                                My Gal Sal

                                                                When Day Is Done

                                                                My Melancholy Baby

                                                                Alexander's Ragtime Band

                                                                She Lived All Alone

                                                                Wee Wee Song

1947-1948                               Louisville, TN, recording for Ab Luther

                                                                Some Of These Days

                                                                To Each His Own

                                                                Whispering

                                                                A Little Love, A Little Kiss

1949, Aug. 25                       

Atlanta, Ga, at Acoustic Equipment Company, on Fairchild equipment,     made six professionally recorded acetate recording as audition records for King Records, singing his songs from the 1920's with just his piano:

                                                                Angry

                                                                Thinking

                                                                All By Myself

                                                                Things That Remind Me Of You

                                                                I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In

                                                                I'm Losing You

1949                                        Atlanta: Recording for Ab Luther

                                                                Sweet Georgia Brown

                                                                Jealous

                                                                Louise

                                                                Whispering

                                                                A Shanty In Old Shanty Town

                                                                Thinking

                                                                All By Myself

                                                                When You Press Your Lips To Mine

                                                                Now I Won't Be Blue

                                                                Maple Leaf Rag

                                                                Cannonball Rag

                                                                Ballin' the Jack

                                                                Nadja

1951-1954

1951, Mar. 24                         Atlanta. Recording for Ab Luther:

                                                                Things That Remind Me Of You

                                                                Jealous

                                                                My Melancholy Baby

                                                                Angry

                                                                New Orleans

                                                                Louise

                                                                To Each His Own (for George Blau, III 15th birthday)

                                                                Maple Leaf Rag (for George Blau III, 15th birthday)

                                                                Nadja (for George Blau, III, 15th birthday)

                                                                Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

                                                                Let Me Call You Sweetheart

                                                                When You Were Sweet Sixteen

                                                                The Rosary

                                                                Broken Down Piano Player-Cannonball Rag

                                                                Simple Melody

1953, July 11                          Louisville, TN. Recording for Ab Luther on reel to reel tape

                                                                Prisoner's Song

                                                                It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

                                                                Frankie and Johnny

                                                                My Gal Sal

                                                                Now I Won't Be Blue

                                                                To Whom It May Concern

                                                                Angry

                                                                Dragging My Heart Around

                                                                If We Can't Be The Same Old Sweethearts

                                                                Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old `Tucky Home

                                                                Stardust  (acetate disk) (for George Blau III)

                                                                Twelfth Street Rag (acetate disk) (for big George and Elese)

1953,                                       Atlanta: made audition tape recording for RCA Victor with a small combo  with Curly Hicks on guitar.

                                                                I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In

                                                                Thinking

                                                                Things That Remind Me Of You

                                                                So Tired

                                                                Now I Won't Be Blue

                                                                If We Can't Be The Same Old Sweethearts

                                                                When I Lost You

                                                                Who'll Take My Place

1954                                        Louisville, TN: Recording for Ab Luther:

                                                                Lazy River

                                                                Now I Won't Be Blue

                                                                Curse of an Aching Heart

                                                                It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

                                                                I Miss You Most Of All

                                                                Whistling Boogie

                                                                You May Be Lonesome and talks about first electrical recording

                                                                Stardust

                                                                Lazy River

                                                                Now I Won't Be Blue - can't recall his own tune

                                                                New Orleans

                                                                Nadja

                                                                Maple Leaf Rag

                                                                Angry

                                                                Some Of These Days

                                                                Whispering

                                                                New Orleans

                                                                Some Of These Days

                                                                Darktown Strutters Ball

                                                                My Gal Sal

                                                                I Can't Give You Anything But Love

                                                                Alexander's Ragtime Band

1954,                                       Atlanta. Recording for Ab Luther

                                                                My Heart Cries Out For You (disk)

                                                                Tennessee Waltz (disk)

                                                                Story of son Hall taking accordian leasons

                                                                Story of Hal's experience with condoms

                                                                Story of farm boy and wife

1954, Dec. 20                         Atlanta. Recordings for Ab Luther

                                                                A Shanty In Old Shanty Town

                                                                It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

                                                                Sweetheart Of All My Dreams

                                                                If I Could Be With You                                                     

                                                                I Never Knew

                                                                Angry

                                                Atlanta. Recordings for George Blau. The following are piano solo, no vocals:

                                                                My Gal Sal

                                                                Poor Butterfly

                                                                Margie

                                                                Some Of These Days

                                                                Ida

                                                                Let Me Call You Sweetheart

                                                                When You Wore A Tulip

                                                                Lazy River

                                                                When Day Is Done

                                                                Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland

                                                                Melody Of Love

                                                                If We Can't Be The Same Old Sweethearts

                                                                Jealous

                                                                Stardust

                                                                When You Were Sweet Sixteen

                                                                I'm Nobody's Baby

                                                                Art's Unnamed Tune                                                         

                                                                When I Lost You

                                                                Hesitation Blues

1955-1961

1955, Feb. 27                         Atlanta: Recordings for Ab Luther

                                                                I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

                                                                Crying Again

                                                                Just Forget

                                                                Mean Blues

                                                                Avalon

                                                                Hawaiian Butterfly

                                                                Margie

                                                                Whispering

1957,                                       Atlanta. (or Cincinnati). Recordings for Joe Rentfroe

                                                                Whispering

                                                                Reminisces about Joe Rentfroe and Indianapolis

                                                                I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

                                                                Talks about old and new music

                                                                That Tumbled Down Shack In Athlone

                                                                Talks of being with composer as above was written

                                                                When You Were Sweet Sixteen

                                                                Tells story of woman with cobwebs

                                                                Lazy River

                                                                Talks about Hoagy Carmichael in Decatur, Indiana

                                                                Stardust

                                                                Talks about Hoagy Carmichael teaching him how to play Stardust

                                                                New Orleans

                                                                Jealous

                                                                Talks of Little Jack Little

                                                                When Day Is Done

                                                                What A Lay In The Hay

                                                                Talks of Buddy DeSilva writting above at a party in New York

                                                                She Said No (or Was It Love)

                                                                I'm Losing You (sings)

                                                                Melody Of Love

                                                                Some Of These Days

                                                                Whispering

                                                                I'd Love To Live In Loveland

                                                                Cuddle Up A Little Closer

                                                                Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old `Tucky Home

                                                                Sweetheart Of All My Dreams (sings)

                                                                A Shanty In Old Shanty Town

                                                                A Little Love, A Little Kiss

                                                                Title Unknown

                                                                My Gal Sal

1957                                        Atlanta: Recording for Joe Rentfroe

                                                                My Melancholy Baby

                                                                Basin Street Blues

                                                                Memphis Blues

                                                                Hesitation Blues

                                                                Whispering

1957-1958                               Cincinnatti: Reconding for Joe Rentfroe (poor quality tone and acoustics)

                                                                Lazy River

                                                                Some Of These Days

                                                                My Gal Sal

                                                                Art's Untitled Tune

                                                                Who's Sorry Now

                                                                Whispering

                                                                Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland

                                                                Ida

                                                                I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In (full recitation)

                                                                Talks about the above titled Columbia record

                                                                Memphis Blues

                                                                My Little Girl

                                                                Jealous (starts, then says "We did that last night")

                                                                Hesitation Blues (sings)

                                                                Stars Are The Windows Of Heaven

                                                                Let Me Call You Sweetheart

1957-1958                               Atlanta: Recordings for Ab Luther

                                                                I'm Nobody's Baby

                                                                You Made Me Love You

                                                                Piano Roll Blues

                                                                Stars Are The Windows Of Heaven

                                                                Whispering

                                                                A Lay In The Hay

                                                                Talks about Con Conrad writing the above in Buddy Desilva's apt  in NY

                                                                Mable Mable Well and Able

                                                                Whispering

                                                                Tells story of Salvation Army lassies.

1958, June 4                           Atlanta: Recordings

                                                                Stars Are The Windows Of Heaven (tape warble)

                                                                Stars Are The Windows Of Heaven (for Elizabeth Jo)

                                                                Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella

                                                                Estrelita

                                                                I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

                                                                Talks about Dorseys' early musical act

                                                                After The Laughter Came Tears

                                                                Talks about Cliff Edwards

                                                                I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In (full recitation)

                                                                Art's Untitled Tune

                                                                Somebody Painted My Dream Castle Blue

                                                                Piano Roll Blues

                                                                New Orleans (excellent!)

                                                                Whispering

1958, Labor Day   Atlanta: Recording

                                                                Whispering

                                                                Ida

                                                                Curse Of An Aching Heart

                                                                It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

                                                                Talks about Columbia records and plays  Harvest Moon and                 another

                                                                You Tell Me Your Deam

                                                                Hawaiian Butterfly                                                           

                                                                Dear Old Girl

                                                                When I Lost You

                                                                Talks about Columbia records and plays two

                                                                Rustic Dance

                                                                If We Can't Be The Same Old Sweethearts (volume dropout)

                                                                Let Me Call You Sweetheart

                                                                Now I Won't Be Blue

                                                                Talks about Columbia records and plays two

                                                                Estraletta

                                                                Art's Unnamed Tune - Just A Melody

                                                                When You Wore A Tulip

                                                                By The Mill Where They Made Sweet Cider

                                                                Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland

                                                                Oh, You Beautiful Doll

                                                                Alice Blue Gown

                                                                Whispering

                                                                Talks about Allied Transcriptions (in Cincinnati 1957/1958)

1961, May                              Atlanta. Interviewed by Jeff Tarrer

                                                                Talks about Gennett Records

                                                                Talks about Pathe and Okeh records

                                                                Talks about Columbia records

                                                                Talks about the depression

                                                                Talks about Gennett records

                                                                Talks about Ted Browne

                                                                Talks about being a radio song plugger

                                                                Talks about Gennett records

                                                                Talks about royalties with Columbia

                                                                Talks about WSB and Lambdin Kay

                                                                Talks about Wendell Hall

                                                                Talks about Irving Kaufmann

                                                                Talks about musicians that worked his dates: Benny Goodman, Eddie Condon, Ben Selvin,

                                                                    Andy Sannella, Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Dorsey Brothers.

                                                                His arrangements

                                                                Lousy singer, talked while playing

                                                                Alex Hill and other piano players used

                                                                Ben Pollack (sic) Lew Pollack on piano

                                                                I played secondary

                                                                Used 3 microphones

                                                                Jack Smith copied his style, Victor did it on purpose, Smith better on piano

                                                                How Art started playing piano

                                                                Barrell House Pete records

                                                                Frank Walker

                                                                First electrical recording

                                                                Western Electric

                                                                Cornball recitations

                                                                Intimacy of his recordings

                                                                Jelly Roll Morton

1961, June 6                        Atlanta, Ga, suffered fatal heart attack

 

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