Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers were a group of semi-professional musicians from the Memphis, Tennessee area. After the success of the Memphis Jug Band Victor records went to Memphis in 1927 looking for other musicians who played in the same style and arranged for a series of recording sessions with Gus Cannon. Cannon's Jug Stompers recording career lasted only three years but their music lived on into the Folk and Rock eras. The Rooftop Singers had a number one hit record in 1963 with their cover version of the group's song "Walk Right In" and the melody of the Lovin' Spoonful's 1965 song a "Younger Girl" was also based on Cannon's Jug Stompers' "Prison Wall Blues." The Critters had a minor hit with "Younger Girl" in 1966. Additionally, the rock band the Grateful Dead also recorded and performed several of Cannon's Jug Stompers songs during their career.

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Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Big Railroad Blues
(Noah Lewis)
1-30-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21351
Bluebird
B 5387 A
Bring It With You When You Come
(Gus Cannon)
11-24-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23262-A
Bugle Call Rag
(Jack Pettis / Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel)
9-20-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38006-A
Bluebird
B-5389
Cairo Rag
(Elijah Avery)
9-20-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38566-A
Feather Bed 9-9-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38515
Going To Germany
(Noah Lewis)
10-1-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38585-B
Bluebird
B-5413-A
Heart Breaking Blues 9-9-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38523-B
Hollywood Rag 9-20-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38566-B
Jonestown Blues 10-3-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38629
Last Chance Blues
Vocal refrain by Woods

(Hosea Woods)
10-1-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38593-A
Madison Street Rag
Orchestra with vocal refrain by Gus Cannon

(Gus Cannon)
1-30-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21267-B
Minglewood Blues
Orchestra with vocal refrain by Ashley Thompson

(Noah Lewis)
1-30-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21267-A
Bluebird
B-5030
Money Never Runs Out
(Gus Cannon)
11-28-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23262-B
Noah's Blues
(Noah Lewis)
10-3-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38539
Pig Ankle Strut 9-5-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38006-B
Pretty Mama Blues
(Noah Lewis)
10-3-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38585-A
Prison Wall Blues 11-28-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23272
Riley's Waggon 9-20-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38515
Ripley Blues 9-5-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38539
Bluebird
B 5287 B
Springdale Blues 1-30-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21351
Bluebird
B-5413-B
The Rooster's Crowing Blues
Vocal refrain by Woods

(Hosea Woods)
10-3-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38593-B
Tired Chicken Blues 10-1-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38629
Viola Lee Blues
(Noah Lewis)
9-20-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38523-A
Bluebird
B-5030
Walk Right In
(Gus Cannon / Hosea Woods)
10-1-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38611
Whoa Mule! Get Up In The Alley 10-3-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38611
Wolf River Blues 11-28-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23272
Artist Instrument
Ashley Thompson Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Gus Cannon Banjo, Vocals, Jug
Noah Lewis Harmonica, Vocals, Jug
Hosea Woods Kazoo