Arthur Gibbs and his Gang were the first to record James P. Johnson's and Cecil Mack's classic song "Charleston". The song went on to became synonymous with the 1920s. It was originally featured in the musical comedy "Runnin' Wild" which opened at the New Colonial Theatre (1887 Broadway at 62nd Street) in New York on October 29, 1923 and ran for 228 performances. Strangely enough the composer of "Charleston", James P. Johnson never recorded the tune.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Beale Street Mama
(Roy Turk / J. Russel Robinson)
4-24-1923 New York, New York Victor
19070-B
Charleston - Medley
Introducing "Open Your Heart"

(from the Musical Comedy "Runnin' Wild")

(Cecil Mack / James P. Johnson)
10-10-1923 New York, New York Victor
19065-B
Louisville Lou
(Milton Ager)
4-24-1923 New York, New York Victor
19070-A
Old Fashioned Love
(from the Musical Comedy "Runnin' Wild")

(Cecil Mack / James P. Johnson)
10-10-1923 New York, New York Victor
19065-A
Artist Instrument
Jerome Burke Drums
Henry "Bass" Edwards Bass Brass
Maceo Edwards ? Trumpet
Arthur Gibbs Piano, Leader
Percy Green Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ramon Hernandez Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gilbert Paris ? Trumpet
James Reevy Trombone
Russell Smith ? Trumpet
Leroy Vanderveer Banjo
Cordy Williams Violin
John "Jazz" Williams Clarinet