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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith - Boomerang

Country guitarist Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith began his recording career in 1938 for RCA Victor's Bluebird label, but didn't gain wide fame until a decade later when MGM released Guitar Boogie. This 78 single (later on 45) was a massive hit, expanding the fan base of Smith and his band, the Cracker Jacks, way beyond their normal country audience.

Although Smith claimed authorship of Guitar Boogie, black blues guitarists had been playing similar riffs for years. Guitar Boogie, its flip side Boomerang and other early recordings by Smith were purchased by MGM from the small Super Disc label. Since almost everyone has heard Guitar Boogie at one time or another, here's a link where you can catch Boomerang.


Guitar Boogie, Boomerang and the vast majority of Smith's MGM sides are widely available on CD and via downloads. One of the best CD compilations is One Good Boogie Deserves Another, from the French Jasmine label.

You should be able to get a copy of this for $10 or less.

Guitar Boogie has become one of the most frequently recorded guitar instrumentals in the 60-plus years since Arthur Smith's version. A rock 'n' roll version, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, was a hit for The Virtues in 1959. But here, from YouTube, is Smith's original.

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