by Verne Buland
The Five Harmaniacs were a jug band that was responsible for the tune "Coney Island Washboard" which was recorded by dozens of bands and sung by hundreds of barbershop quartets. Curiously, the Five Harmaniacs recording didn't use a vocalist. Clyde Shugart was usually the singer and played kazoo, but Walter Howard does the vocal on What Makes My Baby Cry? Otherwise, it is uncertain which of the instruments the other musicians listed below played.

The photo scans have been graciously contributed by Wouter Maréchal and Walter T. Howard Jr.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Carolina Bound 11-27-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3664-A
Brunswick
3703
Brunswick
7002
Vocalion
1130
Coney Island Washboard
(Five Harmaniacs)
9-17-1926 New York, New York Victor
LPV-540

36327-1
Coney Island Washboard
(Five Harmaniacs)
9-17-1926 New York, New York Victor
20293-B

36327-2
Harmaniac Blues 6-1926 New York, New York Paramount
20476
Broadway
1034
Puritan
11476
It Takes A Good Woman
(To Keep A Good Man At Home)

(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
New York, New York 2-8-1927 Victor
LPV-540

37751-1
It Takes A Good Woman
(To Keep A Good Man At Home)

(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
2-8-1927 New York, New York Victor
20507-B

37751-2
Rippin' It Off
(Stubby Gordon)
12-14-1926 New York, New York Edison
51902-R
Sadie Green, Vamp of New Orleans
(Gilbert Wells)
9-17-1926 New York, New York Victor
LPV-540

36326-1
Sadie Green, Vamp of New Orleans
Vocal refrain by Clyde Shugart

(Gilbert Wells)
9-17-1926 New York, New York Victor
20293-A
36326-2
Sleepy Blues
Vocal refrain by Walt Howard
3-19-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
7002
What Did Romie-O-Juliet
(When He Climbed Her Balcony)

(Fess Williams)
12-18-1926 New York, New York Gennett
6033-A
What Did Romie-O-Juliet
(When He Climbed Her Balcony)

(Fess Williams)
12-14-1926 New York, New York Edison
51902-L
What Makes My Baby Cry
(Sosnilk / Hibbler / Squires)
2-8-1927 New York, New York Victor
LPV-540

37750-1
What Makes My Baby Cry?
(Sosnilk / Hibbler / Squires)
2-8-1927 New York, New York Victor
20507-A

37750-2
Artist Instrument
Jerry Adams
(real name: Harold Whitacre)
(Harmonica, Ukulele, Jug, Washboard, Banjo)?
Wayne Durand (Harmonica, Ukulele, Jug, Washboard, Banjo)?
Walter Howard Vocals, (Harmonica, Ukulele, Jug, Washboard, Banjo)?
Ned Nestor (Harmonica, Ukulele, Jug, Washboard, Banjo)?
Clyde Shugart Kazoo, Vocals