Erskine Butterfield started out his recording career as pianist with Noble Sissle's orchestra in 1937. After a brief stint on Vocalion the following year he signed with Decca and released 40 sides with various small combos on that label up to 1942. He had a smooth but swinging style and was billed "The Singing Vagabond of the Keys". As a songwriter he penned for instance 'Foo-Gee', which was recorded by Doc Wheeler and His Sunset Orchestra (see the very first entry of this blog).
Pushin' The Conversation Along featured here is from Butterfield's fourth Decca recording session in 1940. It was not written by Butterfield himself but by Kay Kyser and Sue Werner and had previously been recorded by Bob Chester earlier the same year.
Erskine Butterfield and His Blue Boys: Bill Graham (tp) Al Philburn (tb) Sid Stoneburn (cl) Erskine Butterfield (p,vcl) Frank Victor (g) Haig Stephens (b) Victor Engle (d)
New York, August 9, 1940
67973-A Pushin' The Conversation Along (eb vcl) Decca 3357
78 source: Decca 3357