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Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon

Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon was an eccentric singer and a mysterious figure who disappeared after the mid-'40s. Called "Half Pint" due to being 5'2", Jaxon (who was an orphan) grew up in Kansas City. At 15 he began singing in variety shows and at clubs. He toured with a theatrical troupe in Texas and Oklahoma, forming a song and dance team with Miss Gallie De Gaston that did well in vaudeville during 1912-1924. When he was 21, Jaxon began working regularly in Atlantic City (usually the Paradise Café) in the summer and the Sunset Café in Chicago in the winter. An expert at staging shows, Half Pint helped Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters (among others) put on their productions. Jaxon, who also worked as a female impersonator, a pianist-singer, and a saxophonist, was mostly in Chicago during 1927-1941, a period when he made many recordings. In 1930 he formed the Quarts of Joy and he often appeared on the radio in the '30s. Jaxon used his best-known composition "Fan It" (which would later be recorded by Woody Herman) as a trademark song. Although still popular, Jaxon dropped out of music altogether in 1941, working for the government in Washington D.C. In 1944 he moved to Los Angeles and largely disappeared, never to be heard from again by the musical world. Half Pint Jaxon's recordings as a leader (which date from 1926-1940) include such sidemen as washboardist Jasper Taylor, pianist Georgia Tom Dorsey, banjoist Ikey Robinson, cornetist Punch Miller, the Harlem Hamfats (1937-1938), clarinetist Barney Bigard, pianist Lil Armstrong, and trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Baby, How Can It Be? Songs Of Love, Lust & Contempt From The 1920s And 30s

Disc 1

1. Baby, How Can It Be?

8. Hapa Haole Hula Girl

9. Sweetest Girl In Town

17. Lost Lover Blues

20. Don't Leave Me Here

Disc 2

2. Tomi Tomi

7. It's Heated

12. Wild About My Loving

13. There's More Pretty Girls Than One

20. Nehi Mama Blues

Disc 3

1. I'm Gonna Kill Myself

2. She Ain't Built That Way

4. You Gonna Look Like A Monkey When You Get Old

7. I Used To Call Her Baby

14. I Want To Ask The Stars

15. Some Cold Rainy Day

16. Corinna Blues

17. Big Leg Blues

20. The World Is Going Wrong

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Track List: Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Disc 1

1. Goin' Crazy With The Blues

2. Lock And Key

3. All I Want Is A Spoonful

4. Matchbox Blues

6. Southern Rag

7. What's The Matter Blues

8. Stack O' Lee Blues

9. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie

10. Indiana Avenue Stomp

12. Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)

14. Blue Goose Blues

15. The Dirty Dozen

17. P**sy Cat Blues

18. Searching The Desert For The Blues

19. Cows, See That Train Comin'

20. West Dallas Drag

21. Ramblin With That Woman

22. W.P.A. Blues

23. Honky Tonk Train Blues

Disc 2

1. Terraplane Blues

2. Ice Pick Mama

3. Gamblin' Jinx Blues

5. Good Boy

6. Alley Boogie

7. Meat Shakin' Woman

9. Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)

10. Roll 'Em Pete

11. Jersey Belle Blues

12. Brown Skin Girl

13. Beer Drinking Woman

14. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

15. Baby, Please Don't Go

16. Dive Bomber

18. Kid Man Blues

19. Boogie Chillen'

20. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead And Gone)

22. 3 O'Clock Blues

23. Dust My Broom

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Track List: Dope & Glory

Disc 1

1. Sendin' The Vipers

2. Viper's Drag

3. When I Get Low I Get High

4. I'm Gonna Get High

6. Do You Dig My Jive

7. Ol' Man River

8. Knockin' Myself Out

9. Reefer Man?

11. Here Comes The Man With The Jive

12. If You're A Viper

13. Texas Tea Party

15. Jack I'm Mellow

16. Sweet Marihuana Brown

18. Weed Smoker's Dream

19. The 'G' Man Got The 'T' Man

20. All The Jive Is Gone

21. Stuff Is Here

22. Weed

23. Knockin' Myself Out

24. If You're A Viper

25. Save The Roach For Me

Disc 2

1. Killin' Jive

2. Mary Jane

3. Sweet Sue, Just You

4. Hit That Jive, Jack

5. All Teeed Up

6. Golden Leaf Strut

8. Blue Reefer Blues

10. I'se A-Muggin' Part 2

11. Jive Man Blues

12. Knocking Myself Out

13. Muggin' The Blues

14. Mellow Stuff

15. Minor Goes A Muggin'

16. Reefer Man

17. Try Some Of That

18. Dopey Joe

19. The Stuff Is Here

20. Don't Credit My Stuff

21. A Vipers Moan

23. Smoking Reefers

25. Willie The Weeper

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