Frankie Newton (William Frank Newton, January 4, 1906 – March 11, 1954) was a jazz trumpeter from Emory, Virginia. He played in several New York City bands in the 1920s and 1930s, including those led by Sam Wooding, Chick Webb, Charlie Barnet, Andy Kirk and Charlie "Fess" Johnson. In the 1940s he played with bands led by Lucky Millinder and Pete Brown. He played in clubs in New York and Boston, with musicians such as pianist Art Tatum, pianist James P. Johnson, drummer Sid Catlett and clarinetist Edmond Hall.
He accompanied Bessie Smith on her final recordings (November 24, 1933), Maxine Sullivan on 'Loch Lomond', and Billie Holiday on her original "Strange Fruit" session in 1939.
Between March 1937 and August 1939, eight recording sessions issued under Newton's name were produced. Three sessions in 1937 were made for Irving Mills's Variety label. In 1939, Newton recorded a six-song session with Victor, a four-song session for Vocalion, two individual one-song sessions for Blue Note, and finally one two-song session for Vocalion—14 records in all.
He also played with Art Tatum on extended versions of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Oh, Lady Be Good!", recorded in Harlem after hours. These finally came out in 1973 as part of Tatum's album God Is in the House, first on LP and later on CD.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 4th, 1906 (Blacksburg), Died March 11th, 1954 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, leader, vocalist
Recordings (Results 26-40 of 40 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W152580||10-in.||11/24/1933||I'm down in the dumps||Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62372||10-in.||7/14/1937||Get acquainted with yourself||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62373||10-in.||7/14/1937||Knock wood||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62374||10-in.||7/14/1937||Peace, brother, peace||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62375||10-in.||7/14/1937||The old stamping ground||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62593||10-in.||9/15/1937||Blues, why don't you let me alone?||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62594||10-in.||9/15/1937||I've got to think it over||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62595||10-in.||9/15/1937||Achin' hearted blues||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62596||10-in.||9/15/1937||Honeymoonin' on a dime||Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65494||10-in.||4/28/1939||Get your mind out of the gutter||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65495||10-in.||4/28/1939||Delhia||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65496||10-in.||4/28/1939||Do that thing||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65497||10-in.||4/28/1939||The Mojo blues||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65498||10-in.||4/28/1939||St. Peter blues||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65499||10-in.||4/28/1939||If the walls could talk||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Newton, Frankie," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102906.
Newton, Frankie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102906.
"Newton, Frankie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.
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