Hersal Thomas


Date of Birth:  September 9, 1906    Houston, TX

Date of Death:  June 2, 1926    Detroit Michigan

Place of Burial:  Evergreen Cemetery(?)

                         Calles/Market Street

                         Houston, TX 77020

Has Marker:  Unmarked

Grave Location:  Unkown

Hersal Thomas, Suitcase Blues


Suitcase Blues / Hersal's Blues, Okeh  (8227)

Louis Armstrong with Sippie Wallace and Hersal Thomas ‎– Jack Of Diamonds Blues / Special Delivery Blues, Hot Jazz Club of

     America (HC 82)

Texas Piano Volume 1 - The Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order - George & Hersal Thomas/Moanin' Bernice Edwards

     1923-1935, Document Records (DOCD-5224)


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