by James E. Baldwin
The University Six was a pseudonym for The California Ramblers. They were a White dance band of the New York area who played the popular music of the Jazz Age. None of the members of the band were Californian nor did they ramble far from the Big Apple. The California Ramblers were a working group housed at the Rambler's Inn on the Pelham Parkway.

The band was organized sometime in 1921. The next year a teenaged pianist and xylophone player, Adrian Rollini joined the group. He was an amazingly gifted musician whose talents were immediately recognized. The group leader encouraged Rollini to learn the intricacies of the bass saxophone. He bought one and learned to play it in two weeks. Immediately a new unique 1920s sound was born. By 1924 Rollini was soloing and holding down the bass line furthering the success one of the most exciting dance bands of the 1920s.

The band recorded exclusively for Columbia under The California Ramblers name. They were allowed to use pseudonyms as other record companies scrambled to get a piece of the money-making action of this amazing band. A Columbia subsidiary, Harmony used The University Six name. Cameo used The Varsity Eight; Pathe, The Five Birmingham Babies; Gennett, The Vagabonds; Edison used The Golden Gate Orchestra. Columbia even recorded a smaller contingent of the band as The Little Ramblers.

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Ace In The Hole
(Louis Panico / Elmer Schoebel)
5-12-1926 New York, New York Harmony
209-H
Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling?
(Jack Yellen, / Milton Ager)
6-9-1927 New York, New York Harmony
444-H
Beale Street Blues
(W.C. Handy)
12-27-1926 New York, New York Harmony
414-H
Bless Her Little Heart 6-9-1927 New York, New York Harmony
444-H
Changes
(Donaldson)
11-30-1927 New York, New York Harmony
551-H
Chilly-Pom-Pom-Pee
(DeSylva / Bryan)
5-16-1928 New York, New York Harmony
C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E
(Carlton)
5-16-1928 New York, New York Harmony
653-H
Desdemona
(Maceo Pinkard)
9-18-1925 New York, New York Harmony
37-H
Dustin' The Donkey
(Quicksell)
12-1-1925 New York, New York Harmony
134-H
Fallin' Down
(Robinson / Davis)
11-24-1925 New York, New York Harmony 106-H
Georgianna
(Lewis / Young / Akst)
3-23-1926 New York, New York Harmony
155-H
Give Me a Ukulele And A Ukulele Baby
(Brown / Williams)
9-22-1926 New York, New York Harmony
262-H
I Ain't Got Nobody
(Abel Baer / Samuel Lewis / Joseph Young)
8-2-1926 New York, New York Harmony
230-H
I Love My Baby
(Green / Warren)
12-1-1925 New York, New York Harmony
73-H
In Your Green Hat
(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
11-24-1925 New York, New York Harmony
73-H
Is She My Girlfriend?
(How-de-ow-dow!)

(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
10-17-1927 New York, New York Harmony
534-H
It's O.K., Katy, With Me 8-2-1926 New York, New York Harmony
382-H
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
(A.J. Piron)
1-27-1926 New York, New York Harmony
414-H
It Takes A Good Woman
(To Keep A Good Man At Home)

Vocal chorus by Arthur Fields

(Milton Ager / Jack Yellen)
11-1-1926 New York, New York Harmony
316-H
Velvet Tone
1316-V
Lazy Weather 3-25-1927 New York, New York Harmony
433-H
Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella
(On A Rainy Day)

Vocal Refrain by Dolly Kay

(Kahal / Wheeler / Fain)
1-24-1928 New York, New York Harmony
581-H
Lila
(Maceo Pinkard / Tobias / Gottler)
3-5-1928 New York, New York Harmony
617-H
Diva
2617-G
Lonely Eyes
(Benny Davis / Harry Akst)
11-1-1926 New York, New York Harmony
296-H
Manhattan Mary
(From "Manhattan Mary")

(Buddy De Sylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
10-17-1927 New York, New York Harmony
529-H
Diva
2529-G
Mine All Mine 12-31-1927 New York, New York Harmony
565-H
My Baby Knows How
Vocal Chorus by Arthur Fields

(Benny Davis / Harry Akst / Harry Richman)
11-1-1926 New York, New York Harmony
296-H
My Pet 3-16-1928 New York, New York Harmony
Nobody But My Baby
(Is Getting My Love)
2-7-1927 New York, New York Harmony
382-H
Oh Doris, Where Do You Live? 8-31-1927 New York, New York Harmony
489-H
Oh! If I Only Had You
(Friend / Kahn)
8-2-1926 New York, New York Harmony
230-H
Oh Lizzie 2-7-1927 New York, New York Harmony
367-H
Pastafazoola 7-20-1927 New York, New York Harmony
474-H
Roam On My Little Gypsy Sweetheart 7-20-1927 New York, New York Harmony
466-H
Roll 'Em Girls 11-24-1925 New York, New York Harmony 106-H
Rosy Cheeks
Vocal chorus by Hal White

(Simons / Whiting)
4-12-1927 New York, New York Harmony
399-H
San
(Lindsay McPhail / Walter Michaels)
5-12-1926 New York, New York Harmony
224-H
She's Got "It"!
Vocal chorus by Arthur Felds

(Davis / Askt / Gilbert)
5-25-1927 New York, New York Harmony
425-H
She's The Sweeatheart Of Six Other Guys 3-16-1928 New York, New York Harmony
36-H
She's Just A Sailor's Sweetheart 12-1-1925 New York, New York Harmony
36-H
Sittin' Around 3-23-1926 New York, New York Harmony
160-H
Slow River
(Myers / Schwab)
5-25-1927 New York, New York Harmony
433-H
Smile A Little Bit
(Morton / Shevlin / Schenk)
11-24-1925 New York, New York Harmony
71-H
So Long, Pal
Vocal chorus by Arthur Fields

(Van Loan / Anderson / Bergere)
4-12-1927 New York, New York Harmony
399-H
Speedy Boy
Vocals by Jack Kaufman

(Greer / Klages)
3-16-1928 New York, New York Harmony
619-H
Stay Out Of The South
(If You Want To Miss A Heaven On Earth)

(Harold Dixon)
3-5-1928 New York, New York Harmony
617-H
Diva
2617-G
Swanee Shore
(Bourne / Hess)
7-20-1927 New York, New York Harmony
466-H
St. Louis Hop 8-2-1926 New York, New York Harmony
245-H
Tell Me, Little Daisy 11-30-1927 New York, New York Harmony
557-H
That's A Good Girl 9-22-1926 New York, New York Harmony
262-H
The Beggar 10-17-1927 New York, New York Harmony
534-H
The Camel Walk
(Smith / Bryan)
9-18-1925 New York, New York Harmony
36-H
The Cat 2-7-1927 New York, New York Harmony
367-H
The Grass Grows Greener
(Way Down South)

Vocal Refrain by Dolly Kay

(Dougherty / Yellen)
1-24-1928 New York, New York Harmony
581-H
The Pay-Off 3-5-1928 New York, New York Harmony
651-H
There's Something Spanish In You Eyes
(Friend / Creamer)
11-30-1927 New York, New York Harmony
551-H
Then I'll Be Happy 11-24-1925 New York, New York Harmony
71-H
Tiger Rag
(Nick Larocca)
5-12-1926 New York, New York Harmony
224-H
Under The Clover Moon
(Healy)
12-31-1927 New York, New York Harmony
570-H
Wait'll See
(My Brand New Mama)
9-22-1926 New York, New York Harmony
316-H
Velvet Tone
1316-V
What A Man! 3-23-1926 New York, New York Harmony
160-H
What Do You Say? 1-24-1928 New York, New York Harmony
591-H
When You Are With Somebody Else 12-31-1927 New York, New York Harmony
565-H
Who's That Knocking At My Door? 8-31-1927 New York, New York Harmony
489-H
Yes She Do - No She Don't 4-12-1927 New York, New York Harmony
425-H
You Gotta Be Good To Me 1-24-1928 New York, New York Harmony
591-H
Zulu Wail
(Fred Skinner / Irving Bibo)
8-31-1927 New York, New York Harmony
510-H
Artist Instrument
Irving Brodsky Piano, Arranger
Spencer Clark Bass Saxophone
Bobby Davis Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Tommy Felline Banjo
Frank Ferretti Trombone
Arthur Fields Vocals
Jane Gray Vocals
Arthur Hall Vocals
Jack Kaufman Vocals
Dolly Kay Vocals
Stan King Drums, Kazoo
Abe Lincoln Trombone
Carl Loeffler Trombone
Harold Marcus? Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Carl Orech? Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Pete Pumiglio? Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sam Ruby Tenor Saxophone
Chelsea Quealey Trumpet
Adrian Rollini Bass Saxophone, Goofus, Xlylophone
Jack Russin Piano
Fred Van Eps Jr. Trumpet
Herb Weil Drums, Kazoo
Cliff Weston Trumpet
Hal White Vocals
unknown Vocal Duet