Well,today is Harry Reser's birthday. He was born 1/17/1896 -- can you imagine that? After finding fame as a Radio Artist, Harry became a POP Radio Star in 1925. He was plugging a popular brand of Ginger Ale as the leader of the "Clcquot Club Eskimos". Harry was a Classical Style (technical) Banjoist both on Plectrum and Tenor.
The "Clicquot Club Eskimos" was an Orchestra that contained many of the great Banjoist/Guitarists of that time, which was basically Teens - 20's and 30's. If you have not heard or seen Reser's stuff -- you should look it up on youtube. You are very lucky. We didn't have youtube back in my time, we had to dig things up and pass it around to others - but we did it and all became a network of Banjoists.
Happy Birthday Harry! and thank you for all the help. Eddy Davis -A Minstrel.
Thanks for the history. Love it.
An old BNL cover was of The Cliquot Club Band.
Hi Eddy: I've been making some demos in my home studio for an upcoming project. Last Thursday - unaware of the significance of the date - I coincidentally put down this scratch track of Harry Reser's CRACKERJACK. While I've generally avoided doing his stuff because I felt it was played with perfection nearly a century ago, I can't help but enjoy the challenge of revisiting songs by the true master. Hope all goes well with you and Ruth...
Killer version of Tiger Rag by the Cliquot Club Eskimos, with Reser killin’ it on plectrum banjo...
I am just getting back ont he forums after a multi-year absence. I saw this post and wanted to share this link with y'all redhotjazz.com/reser.html I am huge Harry Reser fan! There are literally hundreds of archived Reser band tuens... under nerly as many names on Red Hot Jazz. A lot fo the links have gone dead, but there are still hours of usic and a full discogrpahy - most of what you can't find there yoou can find on youtube or archive if you know the song name... so this site is still tops! Long live the legaciys of Johnny St. Cyr, Harry Reser, Eddie Peabdy, Nick Lucas, Roy Smeck, etc.... and long live Eddy Davis, the greatest living jazz banjo player (minstrel extrodinare)!
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