"I have a subject of mutual benefit to discuss with you," wrote Jelly to Charles Smith. General Records had asked Jelly for an album of the old New Orleans favorites. "Jelly was extremely ill/' writes Mr. Smith, "and we used as many as four waxes on certain sides." The stand-out side, of course, was Mamies Blues, which, everyone agreed, was not "commercial/' Nevertheless it has kept the album in print ever since, and has been called the most beautiful of all jazz piano records. When General went on to make some "commercials77 with a swing band composed of Henry Allen—trumpet, Joe Britten—trombone, Albert Nicholas—clarinet, Eddie Williams-alto sax, Welman Brand-bass, Zutie Singleton—drums, and Jelly Roll—piano, the records died fast.