George W. Thomas

Vocals, Piano

Date of Birth: March 9, 1883    Pine Bluff, AR

Date of Death:  March 6, 1937    Chicago, IL

Place of Burial:  Restvale Cemetery

                         11700 S. Laramie Avenue

                         Alsip, IL 60803

Has Marker:  Unmarked

Grave Location:  Section 1B, Row 1, Grave 34

George W. Thomas - The Rocks


As Vocalist

McKinney's Cotton Pickers ‎– I'll Make Fun For You / Then Someone's In Love, Victor (V-38142)

'Give It To Me Good, Mr Hersal' -  The Piano Blues Volume 4: The Thomas Family 1925-1929, Magpie Records (PY 4404)

As Accompanist 

Texas Girls: The Complete Recordings In Chronological Order Of Lillian Miller, Hattie Hudson, Gertrude Perkins, Ida May Mack &

     Bobbie Cadillac (1926-1929), Document Records (DOCD-5163)


Barkley, Ron et al. The Handbook of Texas Music. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2003.

Becker, Chris. “Texas Piano Players: A Legacy (Part One), Houston Press, Wednesday, December 22, 2010. Accessed July 7, 2017.

Brothers, Thomas. Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.

Clayton, Lawrence and Joe W. Specht. The Roots of Texas Music. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2003.

Cohn, Lawrence. Nothing But the Blues. New York: Abbeville Press, 1993.

Corcoran, Michael. All Over the Map – True Heroes of Texas Music. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

Davis, Francis. The History of The Blues. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

Edwards, Bill. "George Washington Thomas/Hersal Thomas,", Accessed April 3, 2018.

Felps, Paula. Lone Stars and Legends: The Story of Texas Music. Plano: Republic of Texas Press, 2001.

Oliphant, Dave. Texan Jazz. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.

______. Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007.

Oliver, Paul. The Story of The Blues. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

Pinsker, Robert I. "George W. Thomas and Hersal Thomas," Accessed April 3, 2018.

Rowe, Mike. “Piano Blues and Boogie Woogie.” The Blackwell Guide to Blues Records. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, Inc., 1990, pp. 83-111.

Santelli, Robert. The Big Book Of Blues. New York: Penguin Books, 2001 (revised).

Yanow, Scott. Jazz On Record: The First Sixty Years. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2003.

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "George W. Thomas (composer)," Accessed April 3, 2018.

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "George W. Thomas (lyricist), Accessed April 3, 2018.    

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "George W. Thomas (songwriter)," Accessed April 3, 2018.

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