Interesting Piano Recordings from 1926

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Interesting Piano Recordings from 1926

Unread post by telical » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:51 pm

I've never heard exactly this style of piano playing before and thought
I would share it.

"A rare music gem and a piece of music history. Recorded during one of her first Okeh Records sessions in 1926.
Before there was Mattie, Anna or Rosetta, there was... Arizona Juanita Dranes--a blind COGIC missionary, singer and pianist who is credited as the first person to ever play piano on a gospel record. This recording was in 1926, some six years before Thomas Dorsey's Precious Lord. Arizona Dranes is the musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe credited with influencing her raucous, syncopated style; Jerry Lee Lewis also credits her playing as an influence. Missionary Dranes' style of barrelhouse piano and intense sanctified singing essentially created what we know today as the gospel beat. Encouraged to record by COGIC founder Bishop C.H. Mason, Dranes recorded 16 songs for Okeh Records, from 1926-1929. As a result of the Great Depression, she stopped recording; however, she continued to travel and play for Bishop Mason at COGIC conventions and convocations." ... er&list=UL" target="_blank
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Re: Interesting Piano Recordings from 1926

Unread post by Jack Theakston » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:32 am

Not really music for silents so much as music of the period, per se. Barrelhouse piano started in Texas during the days of the building of the Southern Pacific railroad, and eventually morphed into Boogie-Woogie. Dranes' style definitely shows a great deal of gospel influence, though.
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