Al Lucas

Albert Bennington Lucas (November 16, 1912 – June 19, 1983) was a Canadian jazz double-bassist.

Lucas took piano lessons as a child from his mother, Francis Bradley Lucas, a concert pianist, eventually switching to bass and tuba at age 12. After moving to New York City in 1933, Lucas played with Kaiser Marshall, then joined the Royal Sunset Orchestra, where he played from 1933 to 1942. During the 1940s Lucas appeared on record with Hot Lips Page, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Heywood (1944–45), Duke Ellington (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), James P. Johnson, J.J. Johnson, Ben Webster, Erroll Garner, and Eddie South.

He toured and recorded with Illinois Jacquet from 1947–53, recording in Detroit with Jacquet's all-star band which included Sonny Stitt, Leo Parker, Sir Charles Thompson, Maurice Simon and Shadow Wilson before returning to play with Heywood again from 1954–56. He also recorded in the 1950s with Ruby Braff, Charlie Byrd, and Teddy Wilson. He worked primarily as a studio musician in his last two decades, backing up groups at Apollo Theater performances, playing jazz only occasionally. Lucas died June 19, 1983, in New York City.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 16th, 1916 (Windsor), Died July 19th, 1983 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 51 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72668 10-in. 12/29/1944 Please don't talk about me when I'm gone Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72669 10-in. 12/29/1944 Lover man (oh where can you be) Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82670 4/9/1952 Lonesome and blue Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82671 4/9/1952 I love the way you love me Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82672 4/9/1952 Secret love Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82673 4/9/1952 Please Dr. Jive Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82958 6/16/1952 Troubles Joan Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82959 6/16/1952 Better be on my way Joan Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82960 6/16/1952 Until you came along Joan Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82961 6/16/1952 Anything you say Joan Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114716 3/26/1964 Twisting & shoutin' (Doing the monkey) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114717 3/26/1964 Deep down love Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114718 3/26/1964 Baby (I just can't help it) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114719 3/26/1964 Groovin' Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114720 3/26/1964 Love (is where you find it) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114721 3/26/1964 Squeeze her-Tease her (But love her) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114722 3/26/1964 Expressions Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114723 3/26/1964 Don't set me free Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114724 3/26/1964 Rebecca Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114725 3/26/1964 Give me back my heart Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114726 3/26/1964 Be my girl Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114727 3/26/1964 Dream Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114728 3/27/1964 Big boss line Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114729 3/27/1964 My best friend's girl Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 114730 3/27/1964 Take one step Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 51 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lucas, Al," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103026.

Lucas, Al. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103026.

"Lucas, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103026

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