Discography - Jimmy and Nat Gonella. The other discographies on this website, apart from the Joe Loss discography, cover vocal performances by Jimmy. This one covers all the records he The Snake Charmer - Nat Gonella & His Georgians - The Snake Charmer / The Dipsy Doodle (Shellac) with Nat Gonella, not just the vocals. Jimmy Mesene was a good guitarist and he recorded with Gonella Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - The Chipmunks - Merry Christmas From The Chip January to July Nat Gonella and his Georgians were tremendously popular and very successful in personal appearances, as well as selling huge numbers of records.
Where possible I have included the issue numbers of the original 78s but I have not attempted to include details of the many compilation CDs that have been released, often for short periods of time In all Jimmy Mesene recorded nearly titles with Nat Gonella in the four and a half year period but sung on only twelve of them.
Nat apparently had difficulty in persuading Parlophone to record his vocals. Gonella did many of the vocals himself and there were other vocalists, Bruts Gonella, Stella Moya and a number of trios all recorded vocals.
By todays standards the Georgian's recorded output was amazing producing enough material for 20 LP's or CDs had these formats been available then.
This information has been extracted from Tom Lord's Jazz Discography The Georgians records made prior to the date below featured an eight piece Nat Gonella band. Of that band only Torrance, Barrigo and Dryden were included in the new eleven piece band. The new band seemed to come to the studio every month or so to record two new 78rpm releases. All recording was done in London unless indicated otherwise Instruments: tp trumpet, cl clarinet, as alto sax, ts tenor sax, p piano, g guitar, b bass, d drums voc vocal.
Five titles were recorded on this session including two versions of the same song. It is not clear from the discography which of the two versions was issued, or what was released with what.
John Livermore indicates that F and F were paired Auf Dem Weg Zur Revolution - Hetzjagd - Revolution indicated Presumably the band played live dates while there but it appears that only part of the band went. For some reason Jimmy uses the name Messini this time. The four titles were Disappearing - Material - The Best Of Material for a Swedish company but were also released nearly a year later on the Parlophone label The next recording by Gonella was in Stockholm The Snake Charmer - Nat Gonella & His Georgians - The Snake Charmer / The Dipsy Doodle (Shellac) September 13th, - only Bruts Gonella and Harold Hood of the band were on the recording.
Nat Gonella did not record again until August 14th,nearly a year later. This was as Nat Gonella and his New Georgians. None of the old Georgians were in the new band and the records were issued by a new label - Columbia Please have a look around the site and see whether you have any information that we might like to add: Front page Biographical notes and recollections Book excerpts Memory Lane excerpts Known pen names Songs written by Discography - chronologically What Jimmy means to me Contact us
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