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 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  
(Results 1-25 of 58 records)

Citation

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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