It’s funny how information gets lost over time. When I was growing up, this was the theme for the Harlem Globetrotters, plain and simple. I had never heard of “Brother Bones,” and indeed knew nothing about him until a few days ago.
First, a word on the Harlem Globetrotters. They were THE team in the 1960’s and 1970’s (of course, they were around longer than that…way before my time, but that’s another story). They made every African American proud because they were talented, resourceful, good-looking…and they could play some ball. Until a day or so ago, I thought this song was THEIR MUSIC. But I was wrong; this music came from the talented “Brother Bones.”
Brother Bones was a “whistling and bone-playing” artist. He was born Freeman Davis on October 4, 1902 in Montgomery, Alabama. He died in June of 1974 at the age of 71. In between those important dates, he became internationally known after his version of Sweet Georgia Brown was officially adopted by the beloved Harlem Globetrotters.
Although his music and vintage records can be found all over the Internet — at a hefty price — there does not seem to be much written on his life. If I do run across something, I’ll be sure to update this page.
In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this cool number by the one and only Brother Bones!