Bugs Hamilton

John "Bugs" Hamilton (March 8, 1911, St. Louis – August 15, 1947, St. Louis) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Hamilton was a member of New York City-based trombonist Billy Kato's band in 1930-1931 and played with Chick Webb around the same time. Toward the middle of the 1930s he played with Kaiser Marshall, then joined Fats Waller's ensemble in 1938. He remained with Waller until 1942, recording with him often and appearing in several films as a member of Waller's group. During World War II he played with Eddie South and Roy Eldridge, but shortly after the end of the war, he contracted tuberculosis, resulting in his death at age 36.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 8th, 1911 (St. Louis), Died August 15th, 1947

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-022432 10-in. 4/12/1938 Skrontch Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-041528 10-in. 8/10/1939 (When you) Squeeze me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-041529 10-in. 8/10/1939 Bless you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-041530 10-in. 8/10/1939 It's the tune that counts Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-041531 10-in. 8/10/1939 Abdullah Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-041532 10-in. 8/10/1939 Who'll take my place (When I'm gone) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-041533 10-in. 8/10/1939 Bond Street Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-043346 10-in. 11/3/1939 It's you who taught it to me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-043347 10-in. 11/3/1939 Suitcase Susie Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-043348 10-in. 11/3/1939 Your feet's too big Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-043349 10-in. 11/3/1939 You're lettin' the grass grow under your feet Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-043350 10-in. 11/3/1939 Darktown Strutters' Ball Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-043351 10-in. 11/3/1939 I can't give you anything but love, baby Una Mae Carlisle ; Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet (take 1); with male vocal solo (take 2) instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048775 10-in. 4/11/1940 Old Grand Dad Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048776 10-in. 4/11/1940 Fat and greasy Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048777 10-in. 4/11/1940 Little Curley Hair in a high chair Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048778 10-in. 4/11/1940 (You're a) Square from Delaware Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048779 10-in. 4/11/1940 You run your mouth, I'll run my business Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048780 10-in. 4/11/1940 Too tired Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048781 10-in. 4/11/1940 "Send me" Jackson Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-048782 10-in. 4/11/1940 Eep, ipe, wanna piece of pie Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-051865 10-in. 7/16/1940 Stop pretending Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-051866 10-in. 7/16/1940 I'll never smile again Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-051867 10-in. 7/16/1940 My mommie sent me to the shore Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-051868 10-in. 7/16/1940 Dry bones Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hamilton, Bugs," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100802.

Hamilton, Bugs. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100802.

"Hamilton, Bugs." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100802

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