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Jimmy Durante

James Francis Durante ( də-RAN-tee, Italian: [duˈrante]; February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, Lower East Side Manhattan accent, comic language-butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and prominent nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s. He often referred to his nose as the schnozzola (Italianization of the American Yiddish slang word schnoz "big nose"), and the word became his nickname.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 10th, 1893 (Manhattan), Died January 28th, 1980 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, piano, songwriter, lyricist, speaker

Notes: Full name is James Francis Durante. Full name: James Francis Durante.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-25777 10-in. 11/22/1921 I've got my habits on Isabelle Patricola Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-78568 10-in. 11/22/1933 Inka dinka doo Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-81100 10-in. 12/26/1933 Inka dinka doo The Chanters ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus composer  
Victor BAVE-86662 10-in. 10/3/1934 Inka-dinka-doo Orquesta Típica Victor Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 79986 10-in. 9/13/1921 Who'll be the next one (to cry over you) Happy Six Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80389 10-in. 6/19/1922 I ain't never had nobody crazy over me Nora Bayes Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 80434 10-in. 6/30/1922 I've got my habits on Garber-Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W148495 10-in. 5/9/1929 Can Broadway do without me? Lou Clayton ; Jimmy Durante ; Eddie Jackson Comic scene composer, vocalist, lyricist, speaker  
Columbia W148496 10-in. 5/9/1929 So I ups to him! Lou Clayton ; Jimmy Durante ; Eddie Jackson Comic scene vocalist, composer, lyricist, speaker  
Columbia W152558 10-in. 11/21/1933 Inka dinka doo Ferde Grofé Orchestra ; Rhythm Boys Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
OKeh S-70070 10-in. Aug. 1921 I didn't start in to love you (Until you stopped loving me) Daisy Martin ; Tampa Blue Jazz Band Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70075 10-in. Aug. 1921 Daddy, your mama is lonesome for you Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70246 10-in. Oct. 1921 Let's agree to disagree Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70285 10-in. Oct. 1921 I've got my habits on Joseph Samuels Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70650 10-in. May 1922 Mean daddy blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 6946-6948 10-in. approximately Dec. 1921 I've got my habits on Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 15288-15291 10-in. 3/26/1925 You’re talking to the wrong man now Hamtree Harrington Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison 8303 10-in. 11/25/1921 I've got my habits on Al Bernard ; Vernon Dalhart Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8509 10-in. 6/27/1922 At the Honky Tonk Steppers Ball Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 8978 10-in. 5/15/1923 I ain't never had nobody crazy over me Jazz-O-Harmonists Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Decca 81782 10/26/1951 You say the nicest things Jimmy Durante ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 81783 10/26/1951 A husband, a wife Jimmy Durante ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 81784 10/26/1951 If you catch a little cold Jimmy Durante ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 101933 3/8/1957 A real piano player-1 Jimmy Durante vocalist  
Decca 101934 3/8/1957 I'm as ready as I'll ever be-2 Jimmy Durante vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Durante, Jimmy," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103062.

Durante, Jimmy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103062.

"Durante, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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