Thomas Ball "Sonny" Lee (August 26, 1904, Huntsville, Texas – May 17, 1975, Amarillo, Texas) was an American jazz trombonist.
Lee played with Peck Kelley while a student at Texas State Teachers' College in the early 1920s, then moved to St. Louis, where he worked with the Scranton Sirens, Frankie Trumbauer, Gene Rodemich, Vincent Lopez, and Paul Specht. In 1932 he joined the Isham Jones orchestra, remaining with Jones until 1936; concomitantly he also played with Benny Goodman in 1934-35. He then worked with Artie Shaw, Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman, and Bunny Berigan, and in 1938 joined Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra, where he played until 1946.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 26, 1904 (Huntsville), Died May 17, 1975 (Amarillo)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 313 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-011673||10-in.||8/7/1937||Let 'er go||Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BS-011674||10-in.||8/7/1937||Turn on that red hot heat (Burn your blues away)||Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||CS-011675||12-in.||8/7/1937||I can't get started||Bunny Berigan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||CS-011676||12-in.||8/7/1937||The prisoner's song||Bunny Berigan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60124||10-in.||10/30/1935||Don't mention love to me||Isham Jones Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60125||10-in.||10/30/1935||If I should lose you||Isham Jones Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60126||10-in.||10/30/1935||Darling||Isham Jones Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60127||10-in.||10/30/1935||Thunder over paradise||Isham Jones Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60928||10-in.||3/25/1936||Home cookin'||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60929||10-in.||3/25/1936||I've had the blues so long||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60930||10-in.||3/25/1936||Slappin' the bass||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60931||10-in.||3/25/1936||Nola||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60962||10-in.||3/31/1936||Hollow hole in the ground||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60963||10-in.||3/31/1936||Take it easy||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60964||10-in.||3/31/1936||Fan it||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||60965||10-in.||3/31/1936||Tormented||Isham Jones' Juniors||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63429||10-in.||3/15/1938||Two bouquets||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63430||10-in.||3/15/1938||I can't face the music (without singing the blues)||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63431||10-in.||3/16/1938||Joseph! Joseph!||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63432||10-in.||3/16/1938||At a perfume counter||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63433||10-in.||3/16/1938||It's the dreamer in me||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63434||10-in.||3/16/1938||Don't be that way||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63435||10-in.||3/16/1938||Love walked in||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63436||10-in.||3/16/1938||The weekend of a private secretary||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||63496||10-in.||3/29/1938||Lost and found||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lee, Sonny," accessed September 23, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100138.
Lee, Sonny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100138.
"Lee, Sonny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 23 September 2023.
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