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From "Snooks Friedman and His Memphis Stompers" (1928-1931)
Vintage Music Productions 0061 (CD)

Herman L. "Snooks" Friedman (born February 10, 1906) began playing drums professionally, during the summer of 1923, with a band called the Ole Miss Jesters. In 1924, he began playing with Meyer Davis, and in 1925, recorded with Hip Bennett's band. Snooks organized his own band, the Memphis Stompers, in 1926. Many of the recordings, made by this band between 1928 and 1931, were released under a variety of pseudonyms, including Snooks and His Memphis Ramblers, Snooks and His Paramount Theatre Orchestra and Ben Friedman's Paramount Hotel Orchestra. During their tenure at the Crazy Cat Club, in New York, the band was also known as Snooks and His Krazy Kat Kittens, though the band is not known to have recorded under this name. In addition to the recordings heard here, Snooks Friedman and his band provided music for the first talking cartoon. They are also known to have appeared in at least a few movie shorts made by Warner Brothers. With the outbreak of World War II, Snooks broke up his band to enlist in the Navy. After the war, he organized a new band with which he played, until his retirement in 1972. Snooks Friedman died, in Memphis, on March 24, 1993.

~ Jeff Hopkins
June 2001

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