The Promo Box #2

24th April 2019 By malcra 0

The adventures of the box of promotional records continues and after the initial excitement of the Tubby Hayes research, thought I’d better go through and catalogue the whole box of records.

For photos of most the promo disks :

With records on Tempo, London, RCA, Decca, Vogue and others, there is quite a mix of artists and styles, though they are all jazz, though its various guises, from dixieland to bop. Some of the titles are more interesting than others, with Jimmy Deuchar, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes and Big Bill Broonzy.

The aim will be to work through the records and work out exactly what they are. I did start with the pair of 10″ Tubby Hayes promo’s and they are indeed very interesting (and possibly the most interesting) given they each are the same tracks as the 1955 7″ EPs issued on Tempo.

The common theme here is likely to be Decca, who acquired both the Vogue and Tempo labels in the mid 50’s and why this set of promos might be together as they are.

Tempo EXA 27; the extended play 7″ EP from the Tubby Hayes Quartet. The 10″ promo is the same tracks but different and wonder if this (or was planned to be) a Decca release.

This collection of promo’s, which might be of some value, actually will provide some fascinating research opportunities and some great puzzles to solve. The first pass was the checking the matrix and label numbers on discogs to see if they appear.

One of the gaps from the 1st pass research was the 10″ disc from The Knocky Parker Trio, H-BU 1044, which isn’t listed on Discogs, though it turns out it has been sold on eBay and as a result appears on popsike ( )

The Knocky Parker Trio : London Records H-BU 1044

The front cover photo retrieved from popsike / ebay shows the track listing (though this might not be the order on the vinyl).

  • Naked Dance
  • Wolverine Blues
  • Original Rags
  • Memphis Blues
  • Sidewalk Blues
  • Limehouse Blues
  • Barrelhouse Blues
  • Smokey Mokes

With no track listing on the label, will need to play the disc and work out which half of the record I have. Whilst more popular at the time, the traditional jazz hasn’t stood the test of time in the same way that the more modern and avant garde jazz sounds have.

However, the current popularity doesn’t really stop it being interesting. Knocky Parker for example not only was a great ragtime piano player, but