Complete Blues Bio-Discographies Update: Clarence Williams

Another update for the Complete Blues Bio-Discographies:

Clarence Williams

Lived 1893 or 1898–1965, recorded 1921–1947

This one is a bit more detailed. I usually don’t track sideman-work for these entries, but with Williams, things are different. He was so important as a composer, leader, sideman and co-credited artist/performer that the available discographies AND compilations collect his work that was credited to another recording artist. I mostly used this discography as a reference: http://www.harlem-fuss.com…s_clarence.pdf
I found some inconsistencies, but don’t be alarmed: If anything, there’s more stuff on the list below, not less.

Also, if you focus only on the entire Williams-„Chronogical Classics Series“, you won’t have every little bit, but the overwhelming part of his issued recordings. But since that series is about to become a bit elusive itself, it is probably not a more viable strategy than anything else.

First, you need to get the complete recordings of the following other blues/jazz artists. I’m not going to point out whether Williams plays on one, two or four tracks etc. on these. I mean, you could just get the compilations only collecting Williams stuff, but come on:

Daisy Martin: Daisy Martin & Ozie McPherson: Complete Recorded Works (1921-1926) in Chronological Order (DOCD-5522)  (Williams is suspected to play on some tracks)
Eva Taylor aka Irene Gibbons: In Chronological Order Volume 1 (c. September 1922 to c. 5 September 1923) (DOCD-5408), In Chronological Order Vol.2 (1923-1927) (DOCD-5409), In Chronological Order Vol.3 (1928-1932) (DOCD-5410), Edison Laterals 4 (album credited to Eva Taylor (Edison Lateral 4)
Bessie Smith: The Complete Recordings Vol. 1, The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (C2K 52838)
Sara Martin: In Chronological Order, vol. 1 (1922-1923) (DOCD-5395) (Williams plays on some tracks), In Chronological Order, Volume 2 (1923-1924) (DOCD-5396), In Chronological Order, Volume 3 (1924-1925) (DOCD 5397), In Chronological Order, Volume 4 (1925-1928) (DOCD-5398)
Mamie Smith: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3: 1922-1923 (DOCD-5359)
Margaret Johnson: Complete Recorded Works (1923-27) (DOCD-5436)
Virginia Liston: Complete Recorded Works in Chronogical Order, Volume 1: 1923-1924 (DOCD 5446) (possibly on two tracks), Virginia Liston Volume 2 (1924 – 1926) (DOCD-5447)
Sippie Wallace: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1925) (DOCD-5399), Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1925-1945) (DOCD-5400)
Laura Smith: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1 (1924-1927) (DOCD-5429)
Butterbeans and Susie: Volume 1 1924-1925 (DOCD-5544)
Lucille Hegamin: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1923-1932) (DOCD-5421)
James P. Johnson: 1928-1938 (Chronogical Classics 671) but this is already on Frog DGF 17 (see below) which you need anyway.
Victoria Spivey: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order: Volume 2 (DOCD-5317)
Lizzie Miles: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1928-39) (DOCD-5460)
King Oliver: for example 1926 – 1928 (Chronogical Classics 618), but preferably „Farewell Blues“ – King Oliver – Vocalion & Brunswick Recordings, Volume 2 (Frog DGF 35) (4 tracks with Clarence Williams)
Fats Waller: The Complete Recorded Works Volume 1: 1922-1929 – Messin‘ Around With the Blues (JSP CD 927) (1 additional alternate take)

Then, you need to do some clean-up and collect scattered tracks:
Document Records, clean up compilations:
Female Blues, The Remaining Titles (1921–1928) (2 tracks by Laura Smith) (DOCD-1005)
Clarence Williams & The Blues Singers Vol 1 1923–1928 (DOCD-5375)
Clarence Williams & The Blues Singers Vol 2 1927 – 1932 (DOCD-5376)
Original Bessie Brown / Liza Brown 1925–1929 (DOCD-5456)
Vocal Duets 1924 – 1931 (DOCD-5526, tracks by Charles & Effie Tyus)
„Too Late, Too Late“ More Newly Discovered Titles, Alternate Takes & Supplements, Volume 9 (1922-1945) (track by Charles & Effie Tyus, credited to Horace George) (DOCD-5590)
Classic Blues Jazz & Vaudeville Singers Vol 4 1921 – 1928 (DOCD-5627)

And here starts the list of Williams as a band leader:
Chronogical Classics Series, necessary issues (and yes, they spell it „chronogical“):
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1921 – 1924 (Chronogical Classics 679)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1924 – 1926 (Chronogical Classics 695)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1926 – 1927 (Chronological Classics 718)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1927 (Chronogical Classics 736)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1927 – 1928 (Chronogical Classics 752)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1928 – 1929 (Chronogical Classics 771)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1929 – 1930 (Chronogical Classics 810)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1930 – 1931 (Chronogical Classics 832)
The Chronogical Classics: Clarence Williams 1937 – 1941 (Chronogical Classics 953)

Frog Series, necessary issues:
„Whoop It Up“ – Clarence Williams, The Columbia Recordings, Volume 2 (Frog DGF 17)
„Shake ‚Em Up“ – Clarence Williams 1927–1929, The Vocalion, Brunswick, Victor, Paramount & Grey Gull Recordings (Frog DGF 37)
Clarence Williams‘ QRS Recordings, Volume 1 (Frog DGF 48)
Clarence Williams‘ QRS Recordings, Volume 2 (Frog DGF 49)
„Thriller Blues“ – Clarence Williams 1930–1941 (Frog DGF 57)
Washboard Bands 1926-1929: „Gimme Blues“ (Frog DGF 75)
Rare & Hot Black Bands 1923-1930: Stop & Listen! (Frog DGF 79)

Collector’s Classics Series, necessary issue:
The Clarence Williams Collection Vol. 1, 1927-28 (Collector’s Classics COCD-19)
The Clarence Williams Collection, Volume 3, 1929-1930 (Collector’s Classics COCD-29) (just two additional alternate takes, but hey)

Timeless Series
Clarence Williams And His Orchestra ‎– Vol. 1, 1933-1934 (Timeless CBC 1-056)
Clarence Williams And His Orchestra ‎– Vol. 2 1933-1937 (Timeless CBC 1-057)

AND:
Get On Board, Li’l Chillun (1937, Circle CCD-4)

LP-Abbreviations I couldn’t identify:
JU 49 (4 tracks from 1947)
Ed ZM-473202 (LP) (1 alternate take „Moanin‘ Low“ from 1929)

Epilogue
If you got all the stuff, these nice collections collecting Williams as leader/sideman in one place are now superfluous to you. All their stuff is on Chronogical Classics 679, 695 and 718, which you need anyway to fill other gaps:
„Dreaming the Hours Away“ – Clarence Williams, The Columbia Recordings (Frog DGF 14)
Clarence Williams – „Senegalese Stomp“  (Frog DGF 81)
The 1923-1931 Recordings – The Complete Sidney Bechet & Louis Armstrong Sessions (EPM 982112) (only covers 1923–1926)

Clarence Williams’ complete recordings