Boots And His Buddies
Bluebird B-6063-B August 14, 1935
Boots and his Buddies was a San Antonio based jazz band led by drummer Clifford “Boots” Douglas. This selection is from the band’s first recording session which was held at the Texas Hotel in San Antonio. San Antonio was a regular stop for the major record labels’ field trips to record regional artists and genres. In addition to jazz and country talent from Texas and the Southwest, many artists from northern Mexico also participated in the San Antonio field sessions.
In addition to the August 14, 1935 recording session, Boots and his Buddies recorded additional sides in San Antonio for RCA Victor/Bluebird in 1936 and in two sessions in 1937.
The song “Rose Room,” composed by bandleader Art Hickman, was already an old standard by the time of this recording dating back to 1917. It was named after the Rose Room of the St Francis Hotel in San Francisco where Hickman regularly performed