Finding-Aid for the Jim McGrath Collection (MUM01163)
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Jim McGrath Collection (mum01163)
The collection, housed in one letter-size box, contains
permission forms signed by various musicians who performed on Jim
McGrath’s City Sounds radio program on WXXI AM Rochester, NY. There are
several miscellaneous items in the collection, such as a set of Robert
Crumb’s Heroes of the Blues trading cards.
1 box (14 Folders)
Jim McGrath Collection (MUM01163). Archives & Special
Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.
Jim McGrath produced the City Sounds radio program on WXXI AM
Rochester, NY. He also compiled blues radio play lists for Living Blues
magazine for many years. City Sounds was a one hour program that aired
on WXXI AM Rochester, NY for approximately 10 years. It was mostly a two
man operation, with Jim McGrath as producer and Dave Sluberski as
engineer. All the acts were chosen by McGrath usually by availability in
the Rochester area. Jim then contacted them to explain the “deal”
(contracts). After accepting the terms of the contract, Dave & Jim
would go to the venue to do an on-site recording for broadcast later.
Clubs, schools, theatres, outdoor festivals were all within the realm of
recording. They recorded national, regional & local acts for
broadcast. They had a working relationship with the National Public
Radio program Blues Stage and many of the recordings were aired on that
national show. One of these recordings ended up being the Eddie Burks CD
“This Old Road.” — Description modified from Jim McGrath’s own comments
The collection, housed in one letter-size box, contains permission
forms signed by various musicians who performed on Jim McGrath’s City
Sounds radio program on WXXI AM Rochester, NY. There are several
miscellaneous items in the collection, such as a set of Robert Crumb’s
Heroes of the Blues trading cards.
The permissions forms are arranged chronologically.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code)
governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted
material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and
archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.
One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction
is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship
or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy
or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user may be
liable for copyright infringement.
WXXI AM (Rochester,
Thirty-five books have been separated from this collection,
catalogued, and placed with the blues books. A list of separated items
is found at the end of this finding aid.
Source of Collection
The collection was donated by Jim McGrath.
Processing by Greg Johnson, Blues Curator and Assistant Professor.
EAD encoded finding-aid begun 2008
Hank Crawford – Jimmy
McGriff Quartet, May 14, 1987;
Taj Mahal & Henry Butter, July
[?], October 8, 1987;
Clarence ” Gatemouth”
Brown, October 27, 1987
Johnny Copeland [?], March
Johnny Copeland [?], March 21, 1988;
Cheathams, May 25, 1988;
Marcia Ball, June 13, 1988;
Milton Campbell, July 23, 1988;
Jimmy McGriff, July 28, 1988;
Otis Rush, August 6, 1988
C.J. Chenier, January 7,
Kenny Neal, March 23, 1989;
[?], May 31, 1989;
Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, June 12, 1989;
Marcia Ball, June 14, 1989;
Katie Webster, August 4, 1989;
Taj Mahal, August 4, 1989
Anson Funderburgh &
the Rockets with Sam Meyers, February 28, 1990;
Eddie Shaw, June
Charles [Spencer], July 15, 1990;
July 15, 1990;
Little Milton, July 15, 1990;
Joe Beard, July
John Hammond, July 19, 1990 (4 copies with revisions) +
Correspondence (4 items);
Koko Taylor, July 26, 1990;
Lonnnie Brooks, July 26, 1990;
Irene Reed, July 31, 1990;
Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials, December 17, 1990
Sonny Rhodes, March 10,
Chick Willis, June 8, 1991;
Sparky & Rhonda
Rucker, June 21, 1991;
Taj Mahal, July 6, 1991;
Davis, October 5, 1991;
Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials, October
Eddie Burks, November 8, 1991;
& Texas Heat, December 12, 1991
George “Wild Child”
Butler, July 11, 1992;
Blues in the Night, July 14, 1992
Lynn August, January 27,
Duke Robillard, March 1, 1993;
John Mooney, March
Bill Wharton, April 17, 1993;
Saffire – The
Uppity Blues Women, April 20, 1993 (2 different copies + letter);
Clarence ” Gatemouth” Brown, April 20, 1993 (6 separate forms – one for
each band member);
Duke Robillard Band, June 25, 1993;
Skeeter Brandon & Highway 61, December 16, 1993 (2 pages);
Junior Wells, December 22, 1993 (2 pages)
Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band,
February 21, 1994;
Bill Doggett, February 28, 1994;
Ellison, March 11, 1994;
Skeeter Brandon & Highway 61, March
24, 1994 (3 pages);
Robert Cray, March 2, 1994 + information
packet and follow-up letter (July 27, 1994);
Mitch Woods &
the Rocket 88’s, June 15, 1994;
” Guitar Shorty” David Kearney,
June 22, 1994;
Skeeter Brandon & Highway 61, July 12, 1994;
Queen Bee & the Blue Hornet Band, August 25, 1994;
Luther Allison, September 1, 1994;
Lazy Lester, September 1, 1994
Eddie Kirkland, September 15, 1994
Lonnie Shields, January 6,
Satan & Adam, January 20, 1995;
Campbell, March 10, 1995;
Tab Benoit, March 29, 1995;
Sherman Robertson, March 24, 1995 (2 pages);
L’il Georgie &
the Shuffling Hungarians, April 12, 1995;
Michelle Willson, July
LaVelle White (Miss LaVelle), July 24, 1995 (2 pages);
John Hammond, November 21, 1995 + Correspondence (8 pages)
Keb Mo, March 11, 1996;
Rory Block, July 1, 1996;
Ernie Williams & The
Wildcats, October 4, 1996;
C.J. Chenier, October 17, 1996
Geno Delafose &
French Rockin’ Boogie, January 21, 1997 + Correspondence (3 pages);
Michelle Willson, February 27, 1997;
Savoy Brown, August
C.J. Chenier, September 9, 1997;
Moose & the
Bulletproof Blues Band, October 18, 1997;
Guy Davis, December 6,
Paul Geremia, January 3,
Campbell Brothers, January 3, 1998;
Roy Book Binder,
January 19, 1998 (2 pages);
Dave Van Ronk, January 19, 1998 (2
Danny Kalb, January 20, 1998;
Moose & the
Bulletproof Blues Band, April 23, 1998;
W. C. Spencer, May 19,
1998 (3 pages)
Letter from Rack House
Records, Inc., October 20, 2002, re: Patty Benson is an aspiring blues
singer from North Carolina
Crescent City Gold.
Booklet, possibly to The Ultimate Session.
High Street Records, 1994.
Crumb, R. Heroes
of the Blues. Set of 36 drawn trading cards.
August. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Playbook
for Geva Theatre production: Jan. 2 – Feb. 4, 1990.
have been processed and are searchable through the online
Bayles, Martha. Hole in Our
Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music. The Free Press. New York, NY:
Bogle, Donald. Brown Sugar: Eighty
Years of America ‘s Black Female Superstars. Harmony Books. New
York, NY: 1980.
Brand, Oscar. Ballad
Mongers: Rise of the Modern Folk Song. Funk & Wagnalls. New
Brown, Ruth and Andrew Yule. Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm & Blues Legend. Donald I Fine
Books. New York: 1996.
Brown, Sterling A. Southern Road. Beacon. Boston, MA: 1974.
Busnar, Gene. It’s Rock ‘ n’ Roll: A Musical
History of the Fabulous Fifties. Wanderer Books. New York: 1979.
Christian, Charles M. Black Saga: The
African American Experience. Houghton Mifflin. Boston, MA: 1995.
Du Bois, Eugene E. The City of Frederick
Douglass: Rochester’s African-American
People and Places. The Landmark Society of Western New York.
Rochester, NY: 1994. Inscribed by the author.
Ewen, David. Men of Popular Music. Ziff-Davis. Chicago, IL:
George, Nelson. The Death of Rhythm
& Blues. E.P. Dutton. New York: 1988.
Blues Who’s Who: A Biographical Dictionary of
Blues Singers. Arlington House. New Rochelle, New York: 1979.
Inscribed with several hundred signatures of various blues
Harrison, David. The World of
Blues. Chartwell Books. Secausus, NJ: 1993.
Jazz Country. Dell Publishing. NY: 1965.
Hildebrand, Lee. Stars of Soul and Rhythm
& Blues. Billboard Books. New York, NY: 1994.
Billie and William Dufty. Lady Sings the
Blues. Lancer. NY: 1956. Humanities Resource Center, Prince
George’s Community College. The Blues
Project. Edited by Isa N. Engleberg
and Lyle E. Linville. Humanities Resource Center. Largo, Maryland: 1993.
Kukla, Barbara J. Swing City: Newark Nightlife, 1925-50. Temple
University Press. Philadelphia, PA: 1991.
LaVere, Stephen. The Blues: A Book of Postcards. Pomegranate
Artbooks. San Francisco, CA: 1989.
Lichtenstein, Grace and Laura
Dankner. Musical Gumbo: The Music of New
Orleans. W.W. Norton & Co. New York: 1993.
Kevin M. Black Florida. Hippocrene Books.
New York, NY: 1995.
Marsh, Dave and Steve Propes. Merry Christmas, Baby: Holiday Music from Bing to
Sting. Little, Brown and Company.
Boston, MA: 1993.
Merlis, Bob and Davin Seay. Heart & Soul: A Celebration of Black Music Style in
America 1930-1975. Stewart, Tabori & Chang. New York, NY:
MusicHound Blues: The Essential Album
Guide. Edited by Leland Rucker. Visible Ink Press. Detroit, MI:
1998. Includes CD.
Nicholson, Robert. Mississippi the Blues
Today! Blandford. London: 1998. Scott, Frank and Al Ennis. The Roots & Rhythm Guide to Rock. A Cappella
Books. Chicago, IL: 1993.
Palmer, Robert. Deep Blues. Penguin Books. Middlesex, England :
1981. The Rolling Stone Interviews Vol. 2.
Ed. by Ben Fong-Torres. Warner Paperback Library. New York, NY: 1973.
Sewell, George Alexander and Margaret L. Dwight. Mississippi Black History
Makers. Revised and Enlarged Edition. University of Mississippi
Press. Jackson, MS: 1984.
St. Pierre, Roger. The Best of the Blues: The Essential CD Guide.
Collins Publishers. San Francisco, CA: 1993.
Derrick. Ma Rainey and the Classic Blues
Singers. Ed. by Paul Oliver. Stein and Day. New York, NY: 1970.
Thomas, James ” Son” . James ” Son”
Thomas. Exhibition catalog of clay sculptures. University Art
Gallery, New Mexico State University. Las Cruces, NM: January 17 –
February 22, 1985.
Turner, Frederick. Remembering Song: Encounters with the New Orleans Jazz
Tradition. Viking Press. New York:
Vignes, Michelle and Lee Hildebrand. Bay Area Blues. Pomegranate Artbooks. San
Francisco, CA: 1993.
Warner, Jay. The
Billboard Book of American Singing Groups: A History 1940-1990.
Billboard Books. New York, NY: 1992.
White, George R. Bo Diddley Living Legend. Castle Communications.
Surrey, UK : 1995.
Woliver, Robbie. Hoot! A
25-Year History of the Greenwich Village Music Scene St. Martin’s
Press. New York, NY: 1984.