His Final Releases, 1919-1922
Bert Williams

Bert Williams: His Final Releases, 1919-1922
January 1, 2016 hennessey

The third volume of The Complete Bert Williams. 24 songs from 1919-1922, recorded in New York and Chicago, including both "Elder Eatmore" sermons. Booklet now (2005) expanded to 20 pages, with notes on Williams' final years, sheet music illustrations, and other rare graphics. Sound of some noisier tracks now improved. List price: $16.49

CD Details

  • Catalogue number: ARCH 5002
  • UPC: 656605918129
  • Original release date: July 2, 2001
  • Running length: 71:41 / 24 tracks
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 20-page booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1919-1922
  • Volume 3 of The Complete Bert Williams
  • In Archeophone's Pioneers series
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Tracklist
1. Oh! Lawdy Bert Williams 1919
2. Bring Back Those Wonderful Days Bert Williams 1919
3. Everybody Wants a Key to My Cellar Bert Williams 1919
4. It’s Nobody’s Business But My Own Bert Williams 1919
5. Elder Eatmore’s Sermon on Generosity Bert Williams 1919
6. Elder Eatmore’s Sermon on Throwing Stones Bert Williams 1919
7. I’m Sorry I Ain’t Got It Bert Williams 1919
8. The Moon Shines on the Moonshine Bert Williams 1919
9. Checkers Bert Williams 1919
10. Somebody Bert Williams 1919
11. Ten Little Bottles Bert Williams 1920
12. Unlucky Blues Bert Williams 1920
13. Lonesome Alimony Blues Bert Williams 1920
14. Get Up Bert Williams 1920
15. Save a Little Dram for Me Bert Williams 1920
16. I Want to Know Where Tosti Went Bert Williams 1920
17. You Can’t Trust Nobody Bert Williams 1920
18. Eve Cost Adam Just One Bone Bert Williams 1920
19. You’ll Never Need a Doctor No More Bert Williams 1920
20. My Last Dollar Bert Williams 1920
21. I’m Gonna Quit Saturday Bert Williams 1920
22. Brother Low Down Bert Williams 1921
23. Unexpectedly Bert Williams 1921
24. Not Lately Bert Williams 1922

Known largely as a stage performer and vaudeville pioneer, Bert Williams left an amazing legacy of sound. During the last three years of his life, 24 sides recorded by Williams were released. With Bert Williams: His Final Releases, 1919-1922, these sides are finally available in chrononological order on a commercial reissue. Starting with “Oh! Lawdy,” from Williams’ earliest sessions in 1919 and ending with “Not Lately”—recorded a mere three days before the star’s collapse on a Detroit stage—no other CD gives you all 24 of Bert’s final releases, sequenced in the order they were recorded. The package includes a 16-page booklet that gives discographical information, biographical notes focusing on Williams’ life and career during these years, and dicussion about some of the major themes in his recordings.

The genius of his voice

Interest in Bert Williams has grown over the last few years, as television documentaries and college classrooms explore the importance of early African-American performers. Despite the interest, few documentaries feature Williams’ recordings, and many who study him have never heard his voice. This collection is an attempt to let modern audiences hear Williams’ unique performing style and material.

The Elder has spoken

Bert Williams: His Final Releases includes some of Williams’ most famous songs and routines, including both of his “Elder Eatmore” sermons. These two recordings—“Elder Eatmore’s Sermon on Generosity” and “Elder Eatmore’s Sermon on Throwing Stones”—capture Williams’ ability to portray hypocritical religious figures. His latest spoken word recordings, the Elder Eatmore records give us a taste of his stage presence.

The Prohibition blues

Many of Bert’s final sides centered on one of the biggest news items of the day: national Prohibition. With songs like “Ten Little Bottles,” “Save a Little Dram for Me,” “Everybody Wants a Key to My Cellar” and “The Moon Shines on the Moonshine,” Bert sings the blues of a land gone dry.

A pioneer of unparalleled talent

Booker T. Washington claimed that Bert Williams did more for his race by singing and acting his way into people’s hearts than Washington ever did in his books. Hear for yourself firsthand why Williams continues to be so influental.

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