Folk Songs Featuring the Kazoo
Incredible String Band: "Ducks on a Pond" (last section) ("Wee Tam",
Elektra, reissued various places) They used kazoos elsewhere too, but no
tracks are coming to mind.
Cannon's Jug Stompers: "Bugle Call Rag", "Mule Get Up in the Alley", "Walk
Right In", possibly "Viola Lee Blues". Reissued various places.
Weavers: "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?" ("The Weavers at Carnegie Hall,
Vol. 2", Vanguard)
Various other jug bands also used kazoo; check out the two reissue CDs on
Yazoo, "Ruckus Juice and Chitlins, Vol. 1 & 2". Mississippi Sheiks?
There also is The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra who do 2001 Sprach Kazoostra.
The copy I have is a lp from Rhino.
no show featuring the kazoo could be complete without a selection from
the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra!
kazoo renditions of classics like the theme from 2001 or Zepplin's
Whole Lotta Love.
released in the 70's by Rhino. i have it somewhere in my vinyl
collection-a true treasure...
The wonderful Tampa Red played kazoo on quite a few of his
Also, John Cohen and Tom Paley both play kazoos on the New Lost City
Ramblers' recording of "Too Tight Rag" on "40 Years of Concert
Recordings," Rounder 0481. (Same track was on the original 2-LP set,
"20 Years / Concert Performances," Flying Fish 102.)
And on a very rare recording, one of the LPs of recordings from the
Fox Hollow folk festivals, Michael Cooney plays kazoo on "We Love the
Someone mentioned Eric Clapton playing kazoo on "San Francisco Bay
Blues." A number of people have used kazoo on their recording of
that song -- I think Peter, Paul and Mary did -- and I believe the
song's creator, Jesse Fuller, did too.
Both of the cuts you mentioned can be found on CD, on Rhino's Double CD
compilation, "Tales from the Rhino" R2-71759.
I have 2 EP's from 1978 and 1979: "Some Kazoos" by the Temple City Kazoo
Orchestra, containing "2001 Sprach Kazoostra", "Stayin Alive", "Miss You",
and "Whole Lotta Love", was released in 1978. "Plate Full of Kazoos" by
the Kazoos Brothers, was released in 1979, and has "Soul Man", "Rubber
Biscuit", "Little Darlin'", and "I Can't Turn You Loose".
Country Joe MacDonald and the Fish\ The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm Fixin'-To-Die Rag\ Collected 1965-1970\ Vanguard