29/10/2023 9:53 am  #1

'Red' McKenzie

William ’Red’ McKenzie made his name as a comb-and-paper (kazoo) player with the ‘Mound City Blue Blowers’, a jazz band he founded in 1924. 

He was also a popular vocalist, recording under his own name and with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in the early ‘30s - making him yet another Crosby contemporary.

This 1931 recording also features prominent jazz players including Mugsy Spanier, Jimmy Dorsey, Coleman Hawkins and Eddie Condon - with a brief kazoo solo by ‘Red’ at the end.

Georgia on My Mind (Version by Red Mckenzie) - YouTube

‘Red’ McKenzie’ died aged 49, in 1948.


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