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SWAGGIE

This is one of my favourite labels, quintesentially Australian, no doubt the only label in the world that has a thief and a suicide as an emblem - but a kindly old man anyway, and one which we Aussie relate to. For those reading this who have no idea what I am talking about, then you cannot be an Aussie, so it doesn't really matter. Actually, its a wonder we dont have a Ned Kelly label also!  I digress...

The label is owned by one of Australia's top jazzmen, the pianist and bandleader Graeme Bell who held sway with his several jazz bands right throughout the 1940s, and early 1950s.  Needless to say he rcorded prolifically on the label, as well as others.  Refer Miller [J] for a comprehensive list.

Miller [M] notes that label lasted from 1949 to 1953, with a catalog range of 51 to 57, but I can't help thinking this should be S1 to S7. Indeed, Miller [J] lists a wide range of catalog numbers for Swaggie and the Graeme Bell bands. 

Records in collection:

A014 c3 SWAGGIE A. Graeme Bell Product, Sydney.
S2.   IRISH BLACK BOTTOM  (Venables). Graeme Bell's Australian Jazz Band.Roger Bell, Adrian Monsborough, trumpets. Pixie Robeerts, clarinet. Johnny Rich, trombone. Graeme Bell, piano. Bud Baker, banjo. Lou Silbereisen, tuba. Jack Banston, drums. Recorded 3 March 1950
S2.   AT A GEORGIA CAMP MEETING (Kwerry Mills). Ibid. Recorded 3 March 1950. 

A029 c3 SWAGGIE  A Graeme Bell Product.  Recorded Melbourne 3 March 1950.
S3.  MISSISSIPPI MUD (H.Barris).  Graeme Bell's Australian Jazz band. Roger Bell, Ade Monsborough, trumpets and vocal duo. Pixie Roberts, clarinet. Johnny Rich, trombone. Graeme Bell, piano. Bud Baker, banjo. Lou Silbereisen, tuba. Jack Banston, drums.
S.3  PLAY IT A LONG TIME PAPA  (W.Benton Overstreet).  Ibid.
 
 

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