By Tim Gracyk
from the book "Popular American Recording Pioneers 1895 -1925." If you would like to order a copy of this book, click here for details.

This ensemble was among the first groups to record jazz. It made tests for Columbia in early 1918, and its first records to be issued--on the Emerson label--were recorded later that year. The group consisted of clarinetist Alcide "Yellow" Nuņez; pianist Joe Cawley, trombonist Charlie Panelli, banjoist Karl Berger and drummer Anton Lada, who served as the band's manager.

Click Here To OrderIt was the second New Orleans ensemble to make jazz records, entering a studio only months after the Original Dixieland Jass Band made the first jazz record (Victor 18255) on February 26, 1917. Nuņez had played clarinet for the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1916 in Chicago but had been replaced by Larry Shields. Relations between Nuņez and Original Dixieland Jass Band members had soured, and soon after the Original Dixieland Jass Band debut disc was issued, Nuņez further antagonized the others by filing a copyright for "Livery Stable Blues" (the song was copyrighted for the Original Dixieland Jass Band under the name "Barnyard Blues"), claiming credit along with Ray Lopez.

The Louisiana Five recorded for various companies, including Emerson, Columbia and Edison. The March 15, 1919 issue of Talking Machine World features a photograph of the five musicians and states, "Among the many new additions to the Emerson staff of artists the Emerson Phonograph Co. present the group whose photograph appears here. The Louisiana Five are an entirely new combination....They have recently closed a tour of Keith's Orpheum circuit and are now under contract to tour the world. The first of their recordings to be listed in the Emerson catalog are 'Orange Blossom Rag' and 'Heart Sickness Blues' on Emerson record No. 9150." Emerson 501, featuring "Yelping Hound Blues" and "High Brown Babies' Ball," is a twelve-inch disc, one of the few issued by the company.

The first Columbia disc was made on April 1, 1919: "Just Another Good Man Gone Wrong" backed by "Yelping Hound Blues." During a session later in 1919, a cornetist (either Doc Behrendson or Alfred Laine) is added for "Slow and Easy" (A2949), enriching the band's sound. "Slow and Easy" has a fullness and variety that other Louisiana Five records lack.

The band's first Edison session was on April 14, 1919, recording "Foot Warmer" and "B-Hap-E." It returned on September 12, 1919, to cut "Clarinet Squawk" and "Yelping Hound Blues." The jacket for the latter when issued on Diamond Disc 50622 states, "By a clever manipulation of the clarinet the effect of a yelping hound is realistically brought out and at the same time a perfect Fox Trot rhythm and also a humorous melody are maintained." The jacket also states, "The organization is perhaps the only one that originates the music it so successfully performs," a curious statement given the fact that the more famous Original Dixieland Jass Band composed its own numbers. "Yelping Hound Blues" was also recorded for Emerson (501) and Columbia (A2742).

"Clarinet Squawk One Step," issued as Diamond Disc 50609, was written by Lada, Nuņez and Cawley. The title reflects the fact that in its early years jazz was widely characterized as a loud music featuring funny noises. The disc jacket states, "It sure does squawk but musically so, if you like cyclonic jazz, played by a quintet which has steeped its musical interpretive qualities in a concentrated essence of contortive jungle music. . . . The 'Louisiana Five' orchestra was featured on the Keith and Orpheum circuits and at the Astor Hotel in New York City."

Edison promotional literature announcing the November 1919 release of Blue Amberol 3843 states, "'Foot Warmer' is delightfully timed and jazzed for the average fox trotter by the Louisiana Five. The word 'Jazz,' meaning 'to liven things up,' was first used on the Gold Coast of Africa."

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Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
After All
(Callahan / Roberts)
5-1919 New York, New York Okeh
1200
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
(Eddie Green)
12-1918 New York, New York Emerson
9158
Medallion
847
Alcoholic Blues
(Edward Laska / AlbertVon Tilzer)
6-23-1919 New York, New York Columbia
A2768
B-Hap-E
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Karl Burger )
4-14-1919 New York, New York Edison
50569
Edison
3789
B-Hap-E
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Karl Burger )
12-1919 New York, New York Emerson
10229

4698-2
B-Hap-E
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Karl Burger )
12-1919 New York, New York Emerson
10229

4698-3
Big Fat Ma
(Anton Lada / Spencer)
12-1919 New York, New York Emerson
10172
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
(Swanstone / MaCarron / Morgan)
9-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1083
Church Street Sobbin' Blues
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
3-1919 New York, New York Emerson
9179
Clarinet Squawk
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
9-12-1919 New York, New York Edison
50609-R
Dixie Blues
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
5-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1026
Down Where The Rajahs Dwell
(Anton Lada / Skidmore)
12-1919 New York, New York Emerson 10116
Foot Warmer
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
4-14-1919 New York, New York Edison
50569
Edison
3843
Golden Rod
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1078

4369-1
Golden Rod
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1078

4369-2
Heart Sickness Blues
(De Rose / Coslow)
12-1918 New York, New York Emerson
9150
Medallion
847

3439-1
Heart Sickness Blues
(De Rose / Coslow)
12-1918 New York, New York Emerson
9150
Medallion
847

3439-2
Hello, Hello
(R. King)
1-16-1919 New York, New York Little Wonder
1234
High Brown Babies' Ball
Introducing "Ming Toy"

( Sid & Ernie Erdman / Benny Davis / Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
9-1919 New York, New York Emerson
501
I Ain't 'En Got 'Er No Time To Have The Blues
(Intro. 1. Grape Juice Bill
2. Open Up The Golden Gates To Dixie)
(Harry Von Tilzer)
1 & 2 (Van / Scheneck)
6-23-1919 New York, New York Columbia
A2775
I'll Get Him Yet
(Anton Lada / Williams)
1-1920 New York, New York Emerson
10241
Just Another Good Man Gone Wrong (Introducing Who'll Love You When I'm Gone?)
(McDonald / Osborn / Maceo Pinkard)
4-1-1919 New York, New York Columbia
A2742
Laughing Blues
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
12-1918 New York, New York Emerson
9158
Medallion
846
Laughing Blues
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
5-1919 New York, New York Okeh
1249
Land Of Creole Girls 9-1920 New York, New York Lyric 4233
Bell 033
Lead Me To It
(Charles Panelli / Karl Berger)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1076

4367-1
Lead Me To It
(Charles Panelli / Karl Berger)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1076

4367-3
Oh Joe, Get Your Fiddle And Your Bow
(Anton Lada / Ernie Pease / Harry Pease)
9-1920 New York, New York Lyric 4233
Bell 033
Orange Blossom Rag
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
2-1919 New York, New York Emerson
9150
Medallion
846

3473-1
Orange Blossom Rag
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
2-1919 New York, New York Emerson
9150
Medallion
846

3473-2
Orange Blossom Rag
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
2-1919 New York, New York Emerson
7491

21305-2
Rainy Day Blues
(Frank Warshauer / Sidney D. Mitchell)
3-1919 New York, New York Emerson
9178
Rainy Day Blues
(Frank Warshauer / Sidney D. Mitchell)
3-1919 New York, New York Emerson
7519
Medallion
714
Ringtail Blues
(Williams / Robinson)
9-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1083
Slow And Easy
(Introducing "I'm Sorry I Ain't Got It You Could Have It If I Had It Blues")

(Harry Williams / Norman Spencer)
(Ted Snyder)
12-16-1919 New York, New York Columbia
A2949
Summer Days
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1078

4368-1
Summer Days
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1078

4368-2
Sunshine Girl
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
1-1920 New York, New York Emerson
10229

l4735-1
Sunshine Girl
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
1-1920 New York, New York Emerson
10229

l4735-2
That Shanghai Melody
(J. Russel Robinson)
1-1919 New York, New York Emerson
9165
Symphanola
4117
Town Topic Rag
(Anton Lada / Spencer)
12-1919 New York, New York Emerson
10241
Thunderbolt
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
5-1919 New York, New York Medallion
8109

4194-1
Thunderbolt
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
5-1919 New York, New York Medallion
8109

4194-2
Virginia Blues
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1076

4366-1
Virginia Blues
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
1076

4366-2
Weary Blues
(Artie Matthews)
1-1920 New York, New York Emerson 10116
4738-1
Weary Blues
(Artie Matthews)
1-1920 New York, New York Emerson 10116
4738-2
Weeping Willow Blues
(Robert King)
1-1920 New York, New York Emerson
10172
Yama Yama Blues
(Spencer Williams / Clarence Williams)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
9179
Yama Yama Blues
(Spencer Williams / Clarence Williams)
7-1919 New York, New York Emerson
7519
Medallion
714
Yelping Hound Blues
(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
4-1-1919 New York, New York Columbia
A2742
Yelping Hound Blues
(Introducing: "Foot Warmer")

(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
9-1919 New York, New York Emerson
501
503-2
Yelping Hound Blues
(Introducing: "Foot Warmer")

(Anton Lada / Yellow Nuņez / Joe Cawley)
9-1919 New York, New York Emerson
501
503-3
You Can't Get Lovin' Where There Ain't Any
(Introducing: Tip-Tip Tippy Canoe)

(Incidental Chorus by Billy Murray)

(Skidmore / Basley / Hanley)
10-30-1919 New York, New York Columbia
A2857
78774-1
You Can't Get Lovin' Where There Ain't Any
(Introducing: Tip-Tip Tippy Canoe)

(Incidental Chorus by Billy Murray)

(Skidmore / Basley / Hanley)
10-30-1919 New York, New York Columbia
A2857

78774-2
Artist Instrument
Doc Behrendson Clarinet
Karl Burger Banjo
Anton Lada Drums, Leader
Billy Murray Vocals
Yellow Nuņez Clarinet
Charles Panelli Trombone
Joe Cawley Piano