what a washboard's for
September 22, 2010 7:34 AM   Subscribe

The Washboard Serenaders (or was it the Washboard Rhythm Kings?) had one of the best, if not the best, fake trumpet players who ever walked the earth. 'Course, their washboard player weren't no slouch, neither.

Now, there seems to have been a lot of overlapping personnel in some of these various washboard bands of the 20s and 30s, and there is some confusion as to which band is which: the Washboard Serenaders? The Washboard Rhythm Kings? Some other Washboard band? Well, I can't clear it all up, exactly, but there's a little more information here at answers.com and a very scanty Wiki page on the washboard Rhythm Kings here.

Here's a MySpace page for the Washboard Rhythm Kings: a few tunes on the player there to listen to.

And over at the good ol' Internet Archive you can hear the Washboard Serenaders' Kazoo Moan, featuring more of that totally badass fake trumpetry, on, of course, the kazoo. Of course, you know what a kazoo is, but you might still wanna check my kazoo post from back in 2006, for more information and history on that noble American instrument.

And, BTW, as far as I can tell, it seems pretty sure that the first video link in this post is the Serenaders, and the second, though credited to the Serenaders, is the Rhythm Kings. It so happens, in fact, that the very same clip as you see in the 2nd link appears elsewhere on YT credited to the Rhythm Kings, but the quality isn't nearly as good.
posted by flapjax at midnite (5 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Cool post FJAM, thanks.
posted by doctor_negative at 8:01 AM on September 22, 2010

Ooh, I love that washboard swing.
posted by nickyskye at 8:24 AM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Ooh, I love that washboard swing.

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that... washboard. And kazoo, hey, that's extra meaning, right there.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:30 AM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

That was a great start to my internet day. Thanks for posting.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 8:44 AM on September 22, 2010

Oh man, I do love "Dark Eyes". What a neat version.
posted by lholladay at 11:48 AM on September 22, 2010

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