This Historic Day In Music: “Guitar Rag” by Sylvester Weaver

My post of November 2, 2010 started thus:

“On November 2, 1923, African-American Blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver sat in front of the large horn/”microphone” of the acoustic recording machine in the New York City studios of OKeh Records. He played and recorded two original instrumental guitar pieces that day: “Guitar Blues” and “Guitar Rag.” The resulting 78-rpm record stands as the first recordings of solo acoustic Blues guitar music.”

With the following essay, I added a link to the original recording of “Guitar Blues.” (It’s still there. Check it out!)

For this post, I did my usual search of YouTube for a video/recording of “Guitar Rag” to embed for your listening pleasure. However, the only recording of “Guitar Rag” I could find was not from 1923. The version of the guitar instrumental that’s on YouTube is the re-recording of the piece that Weaver cut on April 13, 1927 in New York City for OKeh Records.

Though the 1927 recording is of much better fidelity (due to the change over to electric recording that transformed the recording industry in 1925) than the 1923 take, there is, in my mind, no substitute for an original.

So, here it is, from 89 years ago today. (It is still November 2 here in NH as I write this.)

“Guitar Rag” by Sylvester Weaver

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