7 February 2016


Willie 'Bunk' Johnson was a legendary jazz trumpet player. He is believed to have been born in or after 1889; and he died in 1949. Bunk was a star in New Orleans during the early years of the Twentieth Century but later fell into obscurity, only to be re-discovered and encouraged to make recordings and give performances on tour during the years shortly before his death. So he was much involved in the revival of traditional New Orleans jazz in the 1940s.

Many of those tunes he recorded in the 1940s are still favourites with traditional jazz bands.

One of them that I decided to work out and learn is Lord, Let Me in the Lifeboat.
To my ear, it sounded like this. I have transcribed it - as I do with all the tunes I collect - into one of my mini filofaxes:
The tunes Bunk is believed to have recorded (supplied to me by a kind correspondent) are these:

2.19 Blues
827 Blues
Ace in the Hole
After You've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
Alabama Bound
Alexander's Ragtime Band 
Arkansas Blues 
Baby I'd Love To Steal You 
Baby Please Come Home 
Ballin' The Jack 
Basin Street Blues 
Beautiful Doll 
Big Chief Battle Axe 
Blue As I Can Be 
Blue Bells Goodbye 
Blues In C 
Bolden Medley 
Bolden's Style 
Boogie Woogie 
Bottle Up And Go 
Bucket's Got A Hole In It 
Bugle Boy March 
Bunk's Blues 
Bunk's Life Story 1,2,3 
Bye And Bye 
Careless Love (Blues) 
Carry Me Back To Old Virginny 
Clarinet Marmalade 
Darktown Strutters' Ball 
Days Beyond Recall 
Dear Old Southland 
Didn't He Ramble 
Dippermouth Blues 
Do Right Baby 
Do You Ever Think Of Me 
Does Jesus Care 
Don't Fence Me In 
Down By The Riverside 
Down In Jungle Town 
Dusty Rag 
Embraceable You 
Feetwarmers Stomp 
Fidgety Feet 
Franklin Street Blues 
Funeral Parade 
God's Amazing Grace 
Golden Leaf Strut 
Good Morning Blues 
Goodnight Ladies 
Happy Birthday To You 
High Society 
Hilarity Rag 
Honey Gal 
How Long Blues 
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody 
I Ain't Got Nobody 
I Can't Escape From You 
I Can't Give You Anything But Love 
I Don't Want To Walk Without You Baby 
I Found A New Baby 
I Know That You Know 
I Love My Baby 
I Never Knew 
I Travel With Jesus 
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 
I'm Alabamy Bound 
I'm Confessing 
I'm Making Believe 
I'm So Glad I'm Brownskin 
I've Got Everything 
In The Gloaming 
Ja Da 
Jazz Me Blues 
Just A Closer Walk With Thee 
Just A Little While To Say Here 
Kat's Got Kittens
Lady Be Good 
Listen To Me 
Little Coquette 
Long Blues 
Lonesome Road 
Lord Let Me In The Lifeboat 
Lord You're Been Good To Me 
Lowdown Blues 
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor 
Mama's Gone Goodbye 
Maple Leaf Rag 
Maria Elena 
Maryland, My Maryland 
Memphis Blues 
Midnight Blues 
Milneberg Joys 
Moose March 
Muskrat Ramble 
My Life Will Be Sweeter Someday 
My Old Grey Bonnet 
My Old Kentucky Home 
Nearer My God To Thee 
Never No Lament 
New Iberia Blues 
Nobody's Fault But Mine 
Noon's Blues 
Of All The Wrongs 
Ole Miss 
One Sweet Letter From You 
Ory's Creole Trombone 
Out Of Nowhere 
Over In The Gloryland 
Pacific Street Blues 
Pagan Love Song 
Pallet On The Floor 
Peg O'My Heart 
Perdido Street Stomp 
Pete Lala and Dago Tony's Tonks 
Pistol Packin' Mama 
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 
Plenty To Do 
Poor Butterfly 
Porto Rico 
Precious Love 
Riverside Blues 
Royal Garden Blues 
Runnin' Wild 
San Jacinto Stomp 
See See Rider 
Shake It And Break It 
Sidewalk Blues 
Sister Kate 
Swanee River 
Sleepy Time Down South 
Slow Drag's Boogie Woogie 
Snag It 
Sobbin' Blues 
Some Of These Days 
Someday Sweetheart 
Sometimes I'm Happy 
Sometimes My Burden 
Spicy Advice 
St. Louis Blues 
Star Dust 
Storyville Blues 
Streets Of The City 
Sugar Foot Stomp 
Swanee River 
Sweet Georgia Brown 
Sweet Lorraine 
Tell Me Baby 
Tell Me Your Dreams 
Temptation Rag 
That Teasin' Rag 
The Entertainer 
The Girls Go Crazy 
The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow 
The Minstrel Man 
The Sheik Of Araby 
The Waltz You Saved For Me 
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise 
There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes 
Those Drafting Blues 
Thriller Rag 
Tiger Rag 
Till We Meet Again 
Tishomingo Blues 
Tony Jackson 
Twelfth Street Rag 
Two Jim Blues 
Ugly Child 
Up In Sidney's Flat 
Walking The Dog 
Wang Wang Blues 
Weary Blues 
When I Leave The World Behind 
When I Move To The Sky 
When The Moon Comes Over The Mountains 
When The Saints 
When You And I Were Young, Maggie 
When You Wore A Tulip 
Where Could I Go But To The Lord 
Where The River Shannon Flows 
Willie The Weeper 
Yaaka Hula, Hickey Dula 
Yellow Gal 
Yes Lord, I'm Crippled 
Yes Yes In Your Eyes 
You Always Hurt The One You Love
You Are My Sunshine 
You Got To See Mama Every Night 
You're Driving Me Crazy