Legend has it that Johnny Hamp became the leader of the Kentucky Serenaders one night while attending a dance at the Hershey Ballroom, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The previous leader of the band had a disagreement with the musicians and skipped out on them early in the evening, leaving them unpaid. Johnny Hamp offered to lead the band that night, and afterwards became the new leader of the band. The Kentucky Serenaders had a big hit in 1926 with the dance craze tune "Black Bottom". Johnny Hamp continued to lead bands throughout the 1920s and 1930s and early 1940s. In 1930 they visted England. From 1931 onwards they recorded as Johnny Hamp and his Orchestra.

Thanks to Bob Palmer, Carl Rose, Owen Miller and Richard Unger for the recordings on this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Angry
(George Brunies / Jules Cassard / Abbie Brunies / Mecum)
9-19-1925 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19786
As Long As I Have You 6-15-1926 New York, New York Victor
20076
Avalon Town
(Nacio Herb Brown / Grant Clarke)
11-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21829
Black Bottom (4)
(Buddy De Sylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
6-28-1926 New York, New York HMV
20101
Black Bottom (5)
(Buddy De Sylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
6-28-1926 New York, New York Victor
20101-B
Blue Grass
(From George White's "Scandals")

(DeSylva / Brown / Henderson)
6-27-1928 New York, New York Victor
21511-A
Blue Shadows
(Raymond Klages / Louis Alter)
8-10-1928 New York, New York Victor
21632-B
Cecilia
(Herman Ruby / Dave Dreyer)
8-13-1925 New York, New York Victor
19756-B
C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E
(Harry Carlton)
6-27-1928 New York, New York Victor
21511
HMV
21511
Dawning
(Abner Silver / Maceo Pinkard)
9-2-1927 New York, New York Victor
20923-A
Gone Again Gal 9-16-1926 New York, New York Victor
20241
Gorgeous 5-27-1927 New York, New York Victor
Halfway To Heaven
(Al Dubin / J. Russel Robinson)
8-14-1928 New York, New York Victor
21615-B
Honey Bunch 5-4-1926 New York, New York Victor
20047
I Can't Get Over A Girl Like You
(Loving A Boy Like Me)
7-20-1926 New York, New York Victor
20119
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
From 'Blackbirds of 1928'
Vocal refrain by Hal White

(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
5-17-1928 New York, New York Victor
21514-A
HMV
21514
I Fell Head Over Heels In Love
(Donovan Parsons / Pat Thayer)
9-2-1927 New York, New York Victor
20923-A
If I Had A Talking Picture Of You
(DeSylva / Brown / Henderson)
1929 New York, New York Victor
22124-B
I Found A Roundabout Way To Heaven 5-4-1926 New York, New York Victor
20047
If You Don't Love Me 6-18-1928 New York, New York Victor
21547-B
I Haven't Told Her, She Hasn't Told Me (But We Know It Just The Same) 5-4-1927 New York, New York Victor
I'll Never Miss You Again
(Partington / Harris / Black)
7-14-1926 New York, New York Victor
20118
I'm Afraid To Sing That Song To Someone Else
(Tommy Malie / Joe Verges)
7-26-1927 New York, New York Victor
20829-B
Is It Possible? (That She Loves Me)
(Mort Dixon / Harry Woods)
6-29-1927 New York, New York Victor 20819-B
It All Belongs To Me
(from "Ziegfeld Follies")
Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Irving Berlin)
8-23-1927 New York, New York Victor
20900-B
I Want You All For Me 9-19-1925 Camden, New Jersey HMV
Japansy 5-17-1928 New York, New York Victor
21451-B
Keep Your Sunnyside Up
(DeSylva / Brown / Henderson)
1929 New York, New York Victor
Lady Luck
From Warner Bros. picture "Shoe Of Shows"

(Ray Perkins)
New York, New York Victor
22219-A
New Moon
(Weeks / Tyner / Marple)
7-14-1926 New York, New York Victor
20118
Mia Bella Rosa
(Ted Koehler / Frank Magine)
11-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21813
Nobody But Fanny 9-19-1925 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19807-A
Oh, How I Miss You Victor
Oh, Look At That Baby 11-29-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21323-A
Oh! Say Can I See You Tonight?
(Creamer / Schuster / Flatow)
9-19-1925 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19786
One O'Clock Baby
Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(DeSylva /Brown / Henderson)
5-4-1927 New York, New York Victor
20644-B
Please Let Me Dream In Your Arms
(Sherman / Lewis / Lombardo)
11-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21813
Pretty Cinderella
(Will J. Harris)
9-15-1926 New York, New York Victor
20241
Roses Remind Me Of You 6-28-1926 New York, New York Victor
20099
'Round Evening
Vocal refrain by Hal White

(Whiting / Steiner / Coots)
11-22-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21804-A
Someday You'll Say "O.K."
Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Walter Donaldson)
8-23-1927 New York, New York Victor
20900-A
So That's The Kind Of Girl You Are 9-10-1925 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19781
Tenderly 7-20-1926 New York, New York Victor
20119
That's Why I Love You
(Walter Donaldson / Paul Ash)
7-7-1926 New York, New York Victor
20105
The Promenade Walk
(Grey / Goodman / Rubens / Coots)
8-13-1925 New York, New York Victor
19756-A
The Sunrise
(Will Bring Another Day For You)
11-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21256
The Two Of Us
(Phillips/ Campbell / Connelly)
9-16-1926 New York, New York Victor
20290-A
The Waltz Of Love
Vocal refrain by Hal White

(Ted Koehler / Joe Verges)
12-6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21391-A
Tomorrow
Vocal refrain by Joe Cassidy
12-6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21167-A
Turkish Towel 9-15-1926 New York, New York Victor
20290
Two Lips
(To Kiss My Cares Away)

Vocal refrain by Frank Munn

(Billy Rose / Harry Warren)
8-10-1928 New York, New York Victor
21615-A
What D'Ya Say?
(DeSylva /Brown / Henderson)
8-14-1928 New York, New York Victor
21632-A
What'll You Do?
(Ned Miller / Chester Cohn)
11-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21084-B
When The Dear Old Summer Goes 9-19-1925 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19807-B
Where Is The Song Of Songs For Me?
(Theme song of D.W. Griffith's "Lady of the Pavements")

(Irving Berlin )
11-22-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor
21838
Who Wouldn't? 7-7-1926 New York, New York Victor
20117
Artist Instrument
Howard Bartlett Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
William Benedict Trombone
Lester Brewer Trumpet
Charles Buckwalter Piano, Vocals, Arranger
Frank Baur Vocals
Joe Cassidy Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Roy Cropper Vocals
Charles Dale Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Cliff Gamet Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Edward Groff Bass Brass, Vocals
Irwin Hood Piano
Lewis James Vocals
Johnny Marvin Vocals
Frank Masterson Banjo, Vocals
Frank Mumm Vocals
Billy Murray Vocals
Walter Pontius Vocals
Elliot Shaw Vocals
Ray Stillson Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
John Strouse Drums
Clayton Tewkesbury Trumpet
Hal White Violin, Vocals