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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 151-157 of 157 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-070684 10-in. 1/21/1942 Moon mist Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151615 10-in. 6/18/1931 Greasy plate stomp Blue Six ; Trombone Red Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W151616 10-in. 6/18/1931 B flat blues Blue Six ; Trombone Red Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, banjo  
Decca GB 6038 10-in. 7/13/1933 Hyde Park (Every tub) Duke Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, banjo  
Decca GB 6039 10-in. 7/13/1933 Harlem speaks Duke Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, banjo  
Decca GB 6040 10-in. 7/13/1933 Ain't misbehavin' Duke Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, banjo  
Decca GB 6041 10-in. 7/13/1933 Chicago Duke Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, banjo  
(Results 151-157 of 157 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Guy, Fred," accessed April 12, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102900.

Guy, Fred. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102900.

"Guy, Fred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 12 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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