THE GOOFUS FIVE
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In 1924 Ed Kirkeby, the manager of the California Ramblers, decided to form a small group taken from the larger orchestra to play novelties and hotter jazz numbers. At first known as the Little Ramblers on its Columbia recordings, the quintet (comprised of trumpeter Bill Moore, Adrian Rollini on a goofus, pianist Irving Brodsky, banjoist Ray Kitchingman who was soon replaced by Tommy Felline, and Stan King on drums and kazoo) also recorded for Pathe as the Five Birmingham Babies and, most prolifically, for Okeh as the Goofus Five. The "goofus" that the versatile Rollini played sounded like a mouth organ or a melodica but was shaped like a saxophone. The Goofus Five quickly grew in size, eventually to eight pieces, and Rollini played as much bass saxophone as he did goofus. Other band members included (at various times) cornetist Red Nichols, altoist Bobby Davis, trumpeter Chelsea Quealey, trombonist Abe read more...
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The Goofus Five and Ted Wallace and his Orchestra (Fourteen Performances 1927)
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1969

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The Goofus Five featuring Adrian Rollini - 1926-1927
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1994
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1924-25
Classic (1920s) Jazz 2002

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Choo-Choo / Go 'Long, Mule
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1924
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Honey, I’m in Love with You / Yes Sir, That’s My Baby
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1925
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The Wang Wang Blues / Arkansas Blues
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1927

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