Starting even before the landmark Capitol Records Honky-Tonk Piano LP of 1950, a number of pianists were emerging in the genre, many with stage pseudonyms, and even a couple of them with multiple personalities. To this day, many have gone unrecognized and will continue to do so, fortunately in a few cases. However, there were standouts that deserve proper recognition, and a few have only received it partially to this point. After a great deal of research and acquisition on the part of the author, this section will present a who's who of honky tonk piano along with some discography information. These are not full bios, just an acknowledgement of roles played within the spread of honky tonk piano from the late 1940s to mid-1960s.
The album listings are currently sorted by Artist(s)
, Album Title
. They will be a work in progress as more recordings are uncovered. I have excluded all 78-RPM and 45-RPM single releases and almost all 7" EP releases unless they are significant, leaving only 10" and 12" 33 1/3
-RPM LPs. A wider ranging list for singles will be posted in the future, and a list of the 78s has already been compiled by ragtime historian Dave Jasen
(Recorded Ragtime 1897-1958
). The lists are formatted for easy printing, with landscape mode recommended. The genres designated by "adaptive" signify music that is not inherently ragtime or honky-tonk, but has been adapted to either style.
This information is not considered complete, and it may never be. It is, however, fairly comprehensive, and surpasses the status of a mere synopsis. Any additional information with details is always welcome, and will be updated upon verification and genre-appropriateness. Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit additional albums or artists, or click on the head in the top frame to email Bill directly. Please do not send images or attachments unless there is advance notice and you are invited to do so, as the mail box can fill up very quickly with improperly compressed files. Thank you for your understanding on this point. Now, on to the listings and the performers.