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Fred Guy

Frederick L. Guy (May 23, 1897, Burkeville, Virginia - Dec. 22, 1971) was an American jazz banjo player and guitarist.

Guy was raised in New York City. He played guitar and banjo with Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra. In the early 1920s, he joined Duke Ellington's Washingtonians, switching from banjo to guitar in the early 1930s. He remained with Ellington's orchestra until 1949. He retired, moved to Chicago, and for twenty years ran a ballroom. In 1971, he committed suicide.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 23rd, 1897 (Burkeville), Died November 22nd, 1971 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: banjo, guitar

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 157 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-63360 10-in. 10/2/1930 Hittin' the bottle Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-63361 10-in. 10/2/1930 That Lindy hop Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-63362 10-in. 10/2/1930 You're lucky to me Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-63363 10-in. 10/2/1930 Memories of you Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-64378 10-in. 11/26/1930 What good am I without you? Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-64379 10-in. 11/26/1930 Blue again Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington ; Sid Garry Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-64380 10-in. 11/26/1930 When a black man's blue Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington ; Bennie Payne Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (takes 3 and 4); with male vocal trio (takes 1 and 2) instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-64812 10-in. 11/21/1930 Nine little miles from Ten-Ten-Tennessee Smith Ballew ; Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-64813 10-in. 11/21/1930 I'm so in love with you Smith Ballew ; Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-67401 10-in. 1/16/1931 Rockin' in rhythm Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-67798 10-in. 1/16/1931 The river and me Chick Bullock ; Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-67799 10-in. 1/16/1931 Keep a song in your soul Chick Bullock ; Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-67800 10-in. 1/16/1931 Sam and Delilah Chick Bullock ; Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor CRC-68231 12-in. 6/11/1931 Creole rhapsody Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BRC-68232 10-in. 6/11/1931 Creole rhapsody Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor CRC-68233 12-in. 6/11/1931 Creole rhapsody Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BRC-68237 10-in. 6/16/1931 Limehouse blues Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BRC-68238 10-in. 6/16/1931 Echoes of the jungle Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BRC-68239 10-in. 6/17/1931 It's glory Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BRC-68240 10-in. 6/17/1931 The mystery song Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor LBRC-71811 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/3/1932 Mood indigo Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor LBSHQ-71812 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/3/1932 Mood indigo Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor LBRC-71836 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/9/1932 East St. Louis toddle Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor LBSHQ-71837 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/9/1932 East St. Louis toddle Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BRC-71838 10-in. 2/9/1932 Dinah Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Sonny Greer ; Cootie Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, banjo  
(Results 51-75 of 157 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Guy, Fred," accessed April 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102900.

Guy, Fred. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102900.

"Guy, Fred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102900

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