Joe "Fingers" Carr

Louis Ferdinand Busch

Also known as "Fingers" Carr With The Carr-Hops, Joe "Finger" Carr, Joe 'Fingers' Carr, Joe Carr, Joe Fingers Carr
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.spaceagepop.com/carr.htm

Discography of Joe "Fingers" Carr:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Honky Tonk Hits By Joe "Fingers" Carr 4 Audio Capitol Records
2 Mister Ragtime 12 Audio Capitol Records
3 Portuguese Washerwomen 2 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
4 Maid In France (Ooh-La-La) 2 Audio 1960 Warner Bros. Records
5 Oh You Kid! 12 Audio 1962 Warner Bros. Records
6 12th Street Ha Cha Cha / Fan Tan Fanny 2 Audio 1959 Capitol Records
7 Parlor Piano 10 Audio Capitol Records
8 The Barky-Roll Stomp / Deep In The Heart Of Texas 4 Audio 1955-12-00 Capitol Records
9 The Barky-Roll Stomp / Deep In The Heart Of Texas 4 Audio 1955-12-00 Capitol Records
10 The Barky-Roll Stomp / Deep In The Heart Of Texas 4 Audio 1955-12-00 Capitol Records
11 The Barky-Roll Stomp / Deep In The Heart Of Texas 4 Audio 1955-11-00 Capitol Records
12 Portuguese Washerwoman 2 Audio 1956-06-00 Capitol Records
13 Maid In France (Ooh-La-La) 2 Audio 1960-04-00 Warner Bros. Records
14 Maid In France (Ooh-La-La) 2 Audio 1960-04-00 Warner Bros. Records
15 Honky Tonk 12 Audio Music For Pleasure
16 Parlor Piano, Part 1 6 Audio Capitol Records
17 The Hits Of Joe "Fingers" Carr 12 Audio 1964 Capitol Records
18 Kitty / Always Fall In Love 2 Audio Capitol Records
19 Rough House Piano 12 Audio 1953
20 Loco-Motion 2 Audio 1955 Capitol Records
21 Humoresque / Until Sunrise 2 Audio Capitol Records
22 The Hits Of Joe "Fingers" Carr 12 Audio 1961
23 Ivory Rag / Sam's Song 2 Audio Capitol Records
24 Portuguese Washerwoman / Lucky Pierre 2 Audio Capitol Records
25 The World's Greatest Ragtime Piano Player 12 Audio 1960 Warner Bros. Records
26 "Pee Wee" & "Fingers" 12 Audio
27 Crazy Rhythm 12 Audio 1967 Regal
28 Ivory Rag 2 Audio Capitol Records
29 Tailor Made Woman 2 Audio 1951 Capitol Records
30 Rough House Piano 8 Audio 1953 Capitol Records
31 The World's Greatest Ragtime Piano Player 12 Audio 1960 Warner Bros. Records
32 The World's Greatest Ragtime Piano Player 12 Audio 1960 Warner Bros. Records
33 Portuguese Washerwomen / Lucky Pierre 2 Audio Capitol Records
34 Mister Ragtime (Part 3) 4 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
35 Joe "Fingers" Carr Plays The Classics 12 Audio Capitol Records
36 Kitty 2 Audio Capitol Records
37 'Fingers' And The Flapper 12 Audio 1959 Capitol Records
38 Mister Ragtime Part 1 4 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
39 Pee Wee & Fingers 4 Audio Capitol Records
40 Too Bad! / Fiddle-A-Delphia 2 Audio 1954 Capitol Records
41 Mister Ragtime Part 1 4 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
42 Mister Ragtime 12 Audio Capitol Records
43 Bar Room Piano 12 Audio Capitol Records
44 Honky-Tonk Street Parade 12 Audio Capitol Records
45 Goes Continental 12 Audio Capitol Records
46 "Pee Wee" & "Fingers" 12 Audio 1956
47 Portuguese Washerwomen / Stumbling 2 Audio Capitol Records
48 Rough House Piano 8 Audio 1953 Capitol Records
49 Together For The Last Time...Volume I 12 Audio 1960 Warner Bros. Records
50 Mr. Ragtime Meets Mr. Honkytonk 12 Audio Coral


* Born Louis Ferdinand Bush, 18 July 1910, Louisville, Kentucky

* Died 19 September 1979, Camarillo, California

Although Lou Busch (not Bush, he changed the spelling) is best known for his honky-tonk piano recordings under his stage name, Joe "Fingers" Carr, his contributions to space age pop go well beyond that. He got his start early, leading his own band by the age of 12 and leaving home at 16 to work as a professional musician. He played with a number of sweet big bands--Clyde McCoy, Henry Busse, and George Olson--then took a short break to study at the Cincinnati Conservatory.

Joe 'Fingers' CarrAfter that, he went back to the sweet bands, this time joining one of the most successful of them, Hal Kemp's. Bush stayed with Kemp for most of the 1930s and married the first of his several wives, the band's girl singer, Janet Blair. After the band's lead arranger, John Scott Trotter, departed in early 1936, Bush and fellow band member Hal Mooney split most of the arranging duties. When Kemp died in from a car crash 1940, they moved to Los Angeles and started working as studio musicians, but World War Two came along and pulled Bush into the Army for a three-year stint.

When he returned to L.A. in 1945, he hooked up with Johnny Mercer's fledgling Capitol Records label and ended up working as an A&R executive. He continued to do occasional session work as a pianist, though, and provided the key ingredient in the 1949 Jo Stafford-Paul Weston hit, "Ragtime Cowboy Joe." In 1950, he sold the label on the idea of recording his ragtime playing, and he made up the name, Joe "Fingers" Carr, during his initial studio session. His first single, featuring his original tune, "Ivory Rag," became an international hit.

Although Capitol played up the nostalgic cariacature of Carr the honky tonk pianist, wearing derby hat, bowtie, vest, and suspenders, Bush tried not to let his recordings slip into mere novelty.

Carr's success spurred a revival of ragtime in the form of camped-up honky tonk.


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