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 10, 1893 (Manhattan), Died January 28, 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||speaker, lyricist, vocalist, composer|
|Columbia||W148496||10-in.||5/9/1929||So I ups to him!||Lou Clayton ; Jimmy Durante ; Eddie Jackson||Comic scene||speaker, lyricist, composer, vocalist|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Durante, Jimmy," accessed January 23, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103062.
Durante, Jimmy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 23, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103062.
"Durante, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 23 January 2022.
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