Johnson , and on disc by Fats Waller. After his father's death in , Thomas became the effective head of the family. Following the closedown of the Storyville area of New Orleans,  he moved to Chicago in about , and was joined there by his sister Beulah "Sippie" Wallace, who also became a performer, and by his brother Hersal, though his mother remained in Houston until her death. In all he was credited with over compositions.
In , he published "The Fives", co-written with brother Hersal, and inspired by a train traveling between Chicago and San Francisco. This was "the first published boogie-woogie with a boogie bass line throughout," and "helped to inspire a generation of boogie-woogie pianists" such as Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons. The recording was credited to Clay Custer, generally regarded as a pseudonym, but there is some disagreement over whether the performer was Thomas himself,   or another pianist, possibly Hersal Thomas or Harry Jentes.
In Chicago, George Thomas also recorded as an accompanist for Tiny Franklin on Gennett Records , and had his own jazz group, the Muscle Shoals Devils, who made recordings that were not released. Thomas was respected as a composer, and was quoted in the Music Trade Review in The world wants dancing music, and, tunefulness apart, wants something not reminiscent of hundreds of dances that have gone before It is a waste of energy for the composer or publisher to plagiarize a winner.
The music buying public is too wise today. And people who love to dance, even if they do not play music, are quick to appreciate novelty in melody and theme in a new song. I Want Every Bit of It. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town. The Gin House Blues. Money Blues. Baby Doll. Hard Driving Papa. Lost Your Head Blues. Hard Time Blues. Honey Man Blues. One and Two Blues. Young Woman's Blues. Preachin' the Blues.
Back Water Blues. After You've Gone. Alexander's Ragtime Band. Muddy Water A Mississippi Moan. Trombone Cholly. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair. Them's Graveyard Words. Hot Spring Blues. Sweet Mistreater. Lock and Key. Mean Old Bedbug Blues. Homeless Blues. Looking for My Man Blues.
Dyin' by the Hour. Foolish Man Blues. Thinking Blues. Pickpocket Blues. Standin' in the Rain Blues. It Won't Be You. Spider Man Blues. Empty Bed Blues Part 1. Empty Bed Blues Part 2. Yes Indeed He Do! Devil's Gonna Git You. You Ought to Be Ashamed. Washwoman's Blues. Slow and Easy Man. Poor Man's Blues. Me and My Gin. I'm Wild About That Thing. You've Got to Give Me Some. Kitchen Man. He's Got Me Goin'. Wasted Life Blues.
Dirty No-Gooder's Blues. Blue Spirit Blues. Worn out Papa Blues. You Don't Understand. Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July Tuesday 28 July Wednesday 29 July Thursday 30 July Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Sunday 2 August Monday 3 August Tuesday 4 August Wednesday 5 August Thursday 6 August Friday 7 August Saturday 8 August Sunday 9 August Monday 10 August Tuesday 11 August Wednesday 12 August Thursday 13 August Friday 14 August Saturday 15 August Sunday 16 August Monday 17 August Tuesday 18 August Wednesday 19 August Thursday 20 August Friday 21 August Saturday 22 August Sunday 23 August Monday 24 August Tuesday 25 August Wednesday 26 August Thursday 27 August Friday 28 August Saturday 29 August Sunday 30 August Monday 31 August Tuesday 1 September Wednesday 2 September Thursday 3 September Friday 4 September Saturday 5 September Sunday 6 September Monday 7 September Tuesday 8 September Wednesday 9 September Thursday 10 September Friday 11 September Saturday 12 September Sunday 13 September Monday 14 September Tuesday 15 September Wednesday 16 September Thursday 17 September Friday 18 September Saturday 19 September Sunday 20 September Monday 21 September Tuesday 22 September Wednesday 23 September Thursday 24 SeptemberNew Orleans Hop Scop Blues. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues. Bessie Smith. 6 acessos. Old New Orleans is a great big old southern town, where hospitality you will surely find The population there is very, very fair, with ev'rything they do White folks do it too, they have a dance surely it's something rare there.