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Earl Hines

Earl Kenneth Hines, also known as Earl "Fatha" Hines (December 28, 1903 – April 22, 1983), was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. He was one of the most influential figures in the development of jazz piano and, according to one source, "one of a small number of pianists whose playing shaped the history of jazz".

The trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (a member of Hines's big band, along with Charlie Parker) wrote, "The piano is the basis of modern harmony. This little guy came out of Chicago, Earl Hines. He changed the style of the piano. You can find the roots of Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, all the guys who came after that. If it hadn't been for Earl Hines blazing the path for the next generation to come, it's no telling where or how they would be playing now. There were individual variations but the style of ... the modern piano came from Earl Hines."

The pianist Lennie Tristano said, "Earl Hines is the only one of us capable of creating real jazz and real swing when playing all alone." Horace Silver said, "He has a completely unique style. No one can get that sound, no other pianist". Erroll Garner said, "When you talk about greatness, you talk about Art Tatum and Earl Hines".

Count Basie said that Hines was "the greatest piano player in the world".

Birth and Death Data: Born December 28th, 1903 (Duquesne), Died April 22nd, 1983 (Oakland)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, director, songwriter, composer, leader, vocalist, speaker, celeste, arranger

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 231 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-055179 10-in. 12/2/1940 Comin' in home Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-055180 10-in. 12/2/1940 Jelly, jelly Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-060677 10-in. 2/20/1941 You can depend on me Bea Wain Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor PBS-061540 10-in. 8/20/1941 It had to be you Earl Hines Orchestra ; Madeline Green ; Three Varieties Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061541 10-in. 8/20/1941 Windy City jive Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061542 10-in. 8/20/1941 Straight to love Earl Hines Orchestra ; Leroy Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061543 10-in. 8/20/1941 Water boy Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061544 10-in. 8/20/1941 Swingin' on a "C" Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061545 10-in. 8/20/1941 Yellow fire Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-063328 10-in. 4/3/1941 Up jumped the devil Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-063329 10-in. 4/3/1941 Sally won't you come back Earl Hines Orchestra ; Madeline Green ; Three Varieties Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-063330 10-in. 4/3/1941 Jersey bounce Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-063331 10-in. 4/3/1941 Julia Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-063332 10-in. 4/3/1941 Southside Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-063333 10-in. 4/3/1941 On the sunny side of the street Earl Hines Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-063334 10-in. 4/3/1941 My melancholy baby Earl Hines Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-064670 10-in. 8/5/1941 You can depend on me Art Jarrett Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-067531 10-in. 8/5/1941 You can depend on me Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-067565 10-in. 8/13/1941 You can depend on me The Airport Boys Male vocal trio, with 2 guitars and string bass songwriter  
Victor BS-068400 10-in. 11/17/1941 The boy with the wistful eyes Earl Hines Orchestra ; Madeline Green ; Earl Hines ; Three Varieties Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-068401 10-in. 11/17/1941 The jitney man Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-068402 10-in. 11/17/1941 The earl Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-068403 10-in. 11/17/1941 You don't know what love is Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-070332 10-in. 10/28/1941 Somehow Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-070333 10-in. 10/28/1941 I got it bad and that ain't good Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine ; Madeline Green ; Three Varieties Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 76-100 of 231 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hines, Earl," accessed November 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056.

Hines, Earl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056.

"Hines, Earl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 November 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056

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