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...
'New OME Eclipse (11")' 9 min
'Replacing the neck' 1 hr
'Masque' 2 hrs