Floyd O'Brien (May 7, 1904 - November 26, 1968) was an American jazz trombonist.
O'Brien first played in Chicago in the 1920s with the Austin High School Gang; later in the decade he played with Earl Fuller, Floyd Town, Charles Pierce, Thelma Terry, and Husk O'Hare. During 1930-31 he worked in a pit band at a theater in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved to New York City and played with Mal Hallett, Joe Venuti, Smith Ballew, Mike Durso (1933–34), Phil Harris (1935–39), Gene Krupa (1939–40), and Bob Crosby (1940–42).
In 1943 he relocated to Los Angeles and played with Eddie Miller, Bunk Johnson, Shorty Sherock, Jack Teagarden, and Wingy Manone. In 1948 he moved to Chicago and there worked with Bud Freeman, Art Hodes and Danny Alvin. O'Brien had recorded with Freeman as early as 1928; other recordings include with Eddie Condon (1933 and later), Fats Waller, Mezz Mezzrow, George Wettling (1940), Charles LaVere (1944), Albert Nicholas (1959), and Smokey Stover. His lone session as a bandleader yielded two singles for Jump Records in 1945, which were also released under LaVere's name.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 7th, 1904 (Chicago), Died November 26th, 1968 (Chicago)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 118 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-84417||10-in.||9/28/1934||Serenade for a wealthy widow||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BS-84418||10-in.||9/28/1934||How can you face me?||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BS-84419||10-in.||9/28/1934||Sweetie pie||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BS-84420||10-in.||9/28/1934||Mandy||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BS-84421||10-in.||9/28/1934||Let's pretend there's a moon||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BS-84422||10-in.||9/28/1934||You're not the only oyster In the stew||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W265156||10-in.||10/10/1933||Blue interlude||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W265157||10-in.||10/3/1933||I never knew-1||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W265158||10-in.||10/10/1933||Once upon a time-1||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W265159||10-in.||10/3/1933||Krazy kapers||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38844||10-in.||10/15/1934||You gotta give credit to love||Johnnie Davis Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38866||10-in.||10/22/1934||Don't stop me if you've heard it before||Johnnie Davis Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38867||10-in.||10/22/1934||Were you foolin'?||Johnnie Davis Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38868||10/22/1934||A hundred to one it's you||Johnnie Davis Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38869||10-in.||10/22/1934||Congratulate me||Johnnie Davis Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67059||10-in.||1/16/1940||I've found a new baby||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67060||10-in.||1/16/1940||Bugle call rag||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67061||10-in.||1/16/1940||I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67062||10-in.||1/16/1940||Darktown Strutters' Ball||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||69270||10-in.||5/29/1941||Do you care?||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||69271||10-in.||5/29/1941||Will you still be mine?||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||69272||10-in.||5/29/1941||You're a darlin' devil||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||69273||10-in.||5/29/1941||Big Tom||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||69449||10-in.||6/30/1941||It was only a dream||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||69450||10-in.||6/30/1941||Elmer's tune||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "O’Brien, Floyd," accessed November 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100201.
O’Brien, Floyd. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100201.
"O’Brien, Floyd." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 November 2020.
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