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Pete Whelan's FINAL World-Class Pre-War Blues 78's collection, part 4: HIGHLIGHTS!

Closes Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 7:00 pm PT

This is the fourth and FINAL auction from Mr. Whelan's World Class Pre-War Blues collection. I will be keeping the remaining records.

Some will say this auction is the best of the four, and others will say it is the least. It all depends upon your perspective and the state of your collection.

This auction contains some ultra rare rarities, but also some all time classics in BEAUTIFUL condition!

I do not expect to have another auction of such high quality Pre-War Blues 78's for quite some time, if ever! Records like this just don't show up that often any more, except for a few here and there. Most of the "Old-Time" collections have been liquidated and passed on to the next generation. Mr. Whelan's collection was one of the last one of those.

Pre-War Blues 78's are setting "record" high prices, both here in my auctions and wherever else they are offered for sale. Buy what you like now, because it will be a long time before you will see most of these gems for sale again . . . IF EVER! Bid like you really want to own them or someone else will!

Thank you for all your past, current and future bids and participation and PLEASE get your bids in early. The post office is running slower than ever.

Thank you and good luck to all!

Pete Whelan's FINAL Pre-War Blues 78's collection auction, part 4, COMPLETE LIST

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1. Ed Bell — "Mamlish Blues / Ham Bone Blues" PARAMOUNT 12524V+ PLAYS FANTASTIC!!! Killer Blues and this just doesn't come up for sale very often! Most who have it love it and would never sell it. Grab this copy. If you pass on it, it may be quite some time before you see another one! MB $1,000

2. Charley Jordan — "Hunkie Tunkie Blues / Raidin' Squad Blues" VOCALION 1528E+ Back in the 1960s, a dealer box of these were found . . . all copies quickly went into private collections . . . and they DON'T come out, except for death or divorce! MASTERPIECE!MB $2,000

3. William Moore — "Old Country Rock / Raggin' The Blues" PARAMOUNT 12761E/E+ Just like #2, a dealer box of this was found decades ago and gobbled up by the old timers. Now it only comes up with death or divorce! MASTERPIECE!!! MB $2,000

4. Kid Brown And His Blue Band / Al Miller's String Band — "Bo-Lita / Saturday Night Hymn" BLACK PATTI 8049V+ Only known copy! I was SOOO tempted to keep this one . . . and I will if no one bids, which I'm kinda hoping will be the case, but I need to sell something to help pay for the collection and the other records I just have to keep!!MB $5,000

5. Tenderfoot Edwards — "Seven Sister Blues / Florida Bound" PARAMOUNT 12873 • POOR One of THREE KNOWN copies. Yes, it is pretty whipped,but with only two others in existence what can you do??? Buy it and make the best of it. Plays through fairly well.MB $1,000

6. Henry Sims with CHARLEY PATTON — "Be True Be True Blues / Tell Me Man Blues" PARAMOUNT 12940V+ One of THREE KNOWN! If I didn't have one of the other two, I would NEVER sell this one! STUNNING PRIMITIVE BLUES! CHARLEY PATTON ON GUITAR!!! Probably your only chance to own this one! If you don't know it, I can play it for you over the phone. MB $8,000

8. Red Mike Bailey — "Back To Memphis Tenn-o-see / Neck Bone Blues" PARAMOUNT 13077G One of TWO known copies, Super Scarce 13000 Paramount! MB $300

13. Barefoot Bill From Alabama aka ED BELL — "My Crime Blues / Snigglin' Blues" COLUMBIA 14510 E STUNNING STUFF from a BLUES MASTER!!! MB $500

14. Barefoot Bill From Alabama aka Ed Bell — "Squabblin' Blues / Bad Boy" COLUMBIA 14526E+ PRISTINE COPY of a BLUES CLASSIC from a BLUES MASTER! MB $1,000

15. Francis Blackwell aka SCRAPPER BLACKWELL — "Morning Mail Blues / Blues That Make Me Cry" VOCALION 02752 V+/V Yup, this is SCRAPPER BLACKWELL, on his own, without Leroy Carr. His solo records didn't sell at all . . . but they are wonderful! MB $300

16. Big Bill (Broonzy) And Thomps — "House Rent Stomp / Big Bill Blues" PARAMOUNT 12656E/E+ His very FIRST RECORD!!! And what a record it is! MB $2,000

19. Richard (Rabbit) Brown — "James Alley / I'm Not Jealous" VICTOR 20578E/E- ALL TIME MASTERPIECE!!! Almost never for sale because it is so well loved. MB $1,000

21. Elder Richard Bryant's Sanctified Singers — "How Much I Owe For The Divine/Watch Ye, Therefore." OKEH 8579 V+ FABULOUS ROCKIN' SANCTIFIED BLUES GOSPEL! B-side has some blasting MB $200

23. Cannon's Jug Stompers — "Minglewood Blues / Madison Street Rag" VICTOR 21267E+ MASTERPIECE and PRISTINE COPY MB $1,000

25. Cannon's Jug Stompers — "Going To Germany / Springdale Blues" BLUEBIRD 5413E/E+ You can wait for a Victor and pay five grand, or you can grab this Bluebird and enjoy this MASTERPIECE now! MB $1,000

29. Bo Carter — "It's Too Wet/Dinner Blues" BLUEBIRD 6407 V+ CLASSIC MB $200

32. George Carter — "Rising River Blues/Hot Jelly Roll Blues" PARAMOUNT 12750 V+ Masterpiece MB $800

34. Big Boy Cleveland — "Quill Blues / Goin' To Leave You Blues" GENNETT 6108 V MASTERPIECE AND PLAYS FANTASTIC MB $500

37. Jay Bird Coleman — "Ah'm Sick An' Tired Of Tellin' You (To Wiggle That Thing) / No More Good Water—'Cause The Pond Is Dry" GENNETT 6276 V Original first version of Jay Bird Coleman classic . . . re-recorded for Columbia shortly after this release. MB $500

38. Julius Powers And Her Blues Serenaders aka IDA COX — "I've Got The Blues For Rampart Street/Chattanooga" HARMO-GRAPH 872 E From PARAMOUNT MB $100

43. Sleepy John Estes — "Married Woman Blues/Drop Down Mama" DECCA 7289 E MB $300

44. Joe Evans And Arthur McClaine — "Little Son Of A Gun (Look What You Done)/Honey, Turn Your Damper Down" GENNETT 6259 V+/V THEIR FIRST RECORD AND VERY TOUGH MB $200

49. Troy Ferguson — "You Better Keep It At Home/Mama You Gotta Get It Fixed" COLUMBIA 14644 V MB $200

50. Blind Mamie Forehand — "Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All/Honey In The Rock" VICTOR 20574 E+ MASTERPIECE MB $500

58. Charley Jordan — "Keep It Clean/Big Four Blues" VOCALION 1511 V- ALL TIME CLASSIC! Plays much better than the grade! NEVER for sale MB $300

60. Alfred G. Karnes — "I Am Bound For The Promised Land/Where We'll Never Grow Old" VICTOR 20840 V+ PLAYS FANTASTIC MB $200

63. Lena Kimbrough aka LOTTIE KIMBROUGH — "City Of The Dead/Cabbage Head Blues" MERITT 2201 V+ RARE MB $500

65. Big Boy Knox — "Blue Man Blues/Poor Man Blues" BLUEBIRD 6952 E- MB $100

66. Mead Lux Lewis/Charles Avery — "Honky Tonk Train Blues/Dearborn Street Breakdown" PARAMOUNT 12896 E- SUPER TOUGH TO FIND THIS ONE CLEAN! Yes, this is the original first record of this all time classic! MB $500

71. Lil McClintock — "Sow Good Seeds / Mother Called Her Child To Her Dying Bed" COLUMBIA 14602 E+ GOSPEL GUITAR MASTERPIECE MB $1,500

73. Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie — "Bumble Bee/I Want That" COLUMBIA 14542 E+ B-side has one nasty looking scuff that plays just fine with just a light ticking MB $500

74. Memphis Minnie — "Bumble Bee/I'm Talking About You" VOCALION 1476 E GORGEOUS COPY OF MINNIE CLASSIC MB $500

76. Memphis Minnie — "I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits/Mister Tango Blues" VOCALION 1512 E/E- Classic Minnie MB $300

84. Memphis Minnie — "Hoodoo Lady/Ice Man" VOCALION 03222 E- MB $150

89. Memphis Minnie — "Too Late/My Butcher Man" OKEH 8948 V+ MB $200

91. Memphis Minnie And Kansas Joe — "You Got To Move—Part I (You Ain't Got To Move)/Part II" DECCA 7038 E- MB $300

94. The Mississippi Sheiks — "The New Sitting On Top Of The World/The New Stop And Listen" PARAMOUNT 13134 V+ RARE 13000 PARAMOUNT! MB $500

95. The Mississippi Sheiks — "She's Crazy 'Bout Her Lovin'/Tell Me To Do Right" PARAMOUNT 13156 E The very LAST original PARAMOUNT . . . from 1932, very slight fracture under the label which doesn't affect anything MB $500

99. Peanut, The Kidnapper — "Silver Spade Blues/Eighth Avenue Blues" MELOTONE 7-09-65 E MB $200

100. Arthur Petties — "Two Time Blues / Out On Santa Fe Blues" VICTOR 21282 E GREAT ONE! MB $800

102. Washington Phillips — "Denomination Blues - Part 1/Part 2" COLUMBIA 14333 E/E+ MB $500

103. Washington Phillips — "I Am Born To Preach The Gospel/Train Your Child" COLUMBIA 14448 E/E- MB $400

104. Washington Phillips — "I've Got The Key To The Kingdom/A Mother's Last Words" COLUMBIA 14511 E MB $500

107. "Banjo" Ikey Robinson And His Bull Fiddle Band — "Rock Me Mama/My Four Reasons" BRUNSWICK 7059 V+ MB $100

113. Allen Shaw — "I Couldn't Help It/Moanin' The Blues" VOCALION 02844 V- FABULOUS AND RARE MB $200

114. Shreveport Home Wreckers — "Fence Breakin' Blues/Home Wreckin' Blues" VICTOR 23275 V FABULOUS AND RARE MB $500

120. Blind Joe Taggart — "Strange Things Happening In The Land/I Ain't No Sinner Now" PARAMOUNT 13094 POOR Super rare MB $100

121. Ferman Tapp And His Banjo — "Gonna Find Myself A Brand New Sweetie/Tell Me Why" BLACK PATTI 8050 V- ONLY COPY??? MB $500