Lucius Venable "Lucky" Millinder (August 8, 1910 – September 28, 1966) was an American rhythm-and-blues and swing bandleader. Although he could not read or write music, did not play an instrument and rarely sang, his showmanship and musical taste made his bands successful. His group was said to have been the greatest big band to play rhythm and blues, and gave work to a number of musicians who later became influential at the dawn of the rock and roll era. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 8th, 1910 (Anniston), Died September 28th, 1966 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, songwriter, vocalist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 55 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-78827||10-in.||12/4/1933||Drop me off in Harlem||Adelaide Hall ; Lucky Millinder ; Mills Blue Rhythm Band||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||leader|
|Victor||BS-78828||10-in.||12/4/1933||Reaching for the Cotton Moon||Adelaide Hall ; Lucky Millinder ; Mills Blue Rhythm Band||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||leader|
|Victor||BS-78829||10-in.||12/4/1933||Love is the thing||Lucky Millinder ; Mills Blue Rhythm Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||BS-99976||10-in.||4/9/1936||Ride, red, ride||Willie Bryant ; Willie Bryant Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||D8VB-4097||10-in.||12/21/1948||Your heart belongs to me||Arbee Stidham||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D8VB-4098||10-in.||12/21/1948||Stidham jumps||Arbee Stidham||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D9VB-1253||10-in.||4/8/1949||I found a dream||Big John Greer ; The Rhythm Rockers (Big John Greer)||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||D9VB-1751||10-in.||6/27/1949||Let it be||Lucky Millinder Orchestra ; Lucky Millinder||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||D9VB-1753||10-in.||6/27/1949||Big rock||Big John Greer ; The Rhythm Rockers (Big John Greer)||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||D9VB-1754||10-in.||6/27/1949||If I told you once (I told you a thousand times)||Big John Greer ; The Rhythm Rockers (Big John Greer)||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||D9VB-2572||10-in.||11/22/1949||Sweet slumber||Lucky Millinder Orchestra ; Lucky Millinder||Male vocal solo, with chorus and jazz/dance band||leader, songwriter|
|Decca||69437||10-in.||6/27/1941||Trouble in mind||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69438||10-in.||6/27/1941||Slide, Mr. Trombone||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69439||10-in.||6/27/1941||Ride, Red, ride||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||vocalist, leader|
|Decca||69440||10-in.||6/27/1941||Rock, Daniel-1||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69441||10-in.||6/27/1941||That's all||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69706||10-in.||9/5/1941||Big fat Mama||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69707||10-in.||9/5/1941||Shout, sister, shout||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69708||10-in.||9/5/1941||Apollo jump||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69709||10-in.||9/5/1941||Rock me||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69908||10-in.||11/6/1941||Hey Huss!||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69909||10-in.||11/6/1941||Let me off uptown||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69910||10-in.||11/6/1941||That's all||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||69911||10-in.||11/6/1941||How about that mess?||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
|Decca||70344||10-in.||2/18/1942||Fightin' Doug McArthur||Lucky Millinder Orchestra||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Millinder, Lucky," accessed October 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103146.
Millinder, Lucky. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103146.
"Millinder, Lucky." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 October 2021.
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