The Goofus Five and the Little Ramblers

The Goofus Five and the Little Ramblers

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 15th, 2018, 7:24 pm #1

If you do a google/images search for the Goofus Five, the majority of hits give photos like the ones below. That is not a photo of the Goofus Five but of the Little Ramblers. The image shows the Little Ramblers with a Goofus Five record label. The Goofus Five and the Little Ramblers were bands within the California Ramblers, The Goofus Five recorded for OKeh and the Little Ramblers for Columbia. Both small bands were phenomenal.
In the photo below, we have:
IIrving Brodsky - Piano
Ray Kitchingham - Banjo
Stan King - Kazoo
Bill Moore - Cornet
Adrian Rollini with Cuesnophone (Goofus)
Ray was in the Little Ramblers first recording session (July 3, 1924). In their next recording session (Aug 13, 1924), Ray was replaced by Tommy Fellini. Ray did not record with the Goofus Five.


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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 15th, 2018, 7:35 pm #2

The "real" (me thinks) Goofus Five. It is the only photo of the Goofus Five I found. Does anyone have another photo of the Goofus Five?
The guy with glasses at the piano is Harold Fair, identified by German Bixophile Friedrich in the Bix Forum more than a decade ago. 

Sitting from left to right Bobby Davis, Adrian Rollini, I believe Tommy Fellini  The drummer, identified by Vince Giordano, is Stan King. Who is the trumpeter?
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April 16th, 2018, 12:55 am #3

Correction. I was mistaken.
Nick points out that the pianist in the Goofus Five photo is Irving Brodsky, not Harold Fair. Here is Harold Fair in 1922 in Northwestern University. Fair's hair is not the same as Brodsky's. The glasses are similar and that  threw me off.
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April 16th, 2018, 12:57 am #4

A comparison. From left to right:
Harold Fair at Northwestern 1922.
The guy with glasses in the 1924 Goldkette orchestra photo.
The guy with glasses in the Goofus Five photo.
The first two appear to be the same person, namely Harold Fair. The third is a different person, namely, Irving Brodsky. FairNorth1922Goldkette1924GoofusFive.JPG
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 16th, 2018, 3:57 pm #5

The following is courtesy of Nick Dellow. Thanks, Nick.

Irving Brodsky sailed to England in late 1927 to join Sylvester Ahola with the New Savoy Orpheans at the Savoy Hotel. Take a look at the  photo of Irving Brodsky - taken in early 1928 while he was a member of the Savoy Orpheans. Clearly, the same guy as in the Goofus Five photo.

IrvingBrosky1928Nick.jpg

This is the link to the posting with Friedrich's id of Harold Fair.
you-re-just-a-vision-is-a-composition-by-t2487.html
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