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 16, 1916 (Windsor), Died July 19, 1983 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1942 - 1952
Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, guitar
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 58 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-073487||10-in.||3/30/1942||Who threw the whiskey in the well?||Hardway Four ; Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||BS-073488||10-in.||3/30/1942||Me and my Melinda||James Otis Lewis ; Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||BS-073490||10-in.||3/30/1942||Keep jumpin'||Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||PD6VB-2528||10-in.||7/24/1946||Humoresque||Mary Lou Williams Trio ; Mary Lou Williams||Piano solo, with bass (take 1)Piano solo, with bass and drums (take 2)||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||D7VB-2855||10-in.||12/18/1947||King Jacquet||Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet||Jazz octet||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||D7VB-2857||10-in.||12/18/1947||Embryo||Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet||Jazz octet||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||D7VB-2889||10-in.||12/19/1947||Riffing at 24th street||Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet||Jazz nonet||instrumentalist, string bass|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lucas, Al," accessed January 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103026.
Lucas, Al. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103026.
"Lucas, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 January 2023.
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