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Ben Pollack

Ben Pollack (June 22, 1903 – June 7, 1971) was an American drummer and bandleader from the mid-1920s through the swing era. His eye for talent led him to employ musicians such as Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Jimmy McPartland, and Harry James. This ability earned him the nickname the "Father of Swing".

Birth and Death Data: Born June 22nd, 1903 (Chicago), Died Palm Springs

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, leader, traps, vocalist, composer, songwriter

Notes: Also played drums.

See Also: New Orleans Rhythm Kings

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 99 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-28718 10-in. 10/4/1923 Tin roof blues The Original Memphis Five Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-36236 10-in. 9/14/1926 Hot stuff White-Tops Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-36237 10-in. 9/14/1926 I'd love to call you my sweetheart Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-36238 10-in. 9/14/1926 Sunday Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-37218 10-in. 12/9/1926 When I first met Mary Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-37219 10-in. 12/9/1926 'Deed I do Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-37260 10-in. 12/17/1926 You're the one for me Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-37261 10-in. 12/17/1926 He's the last word Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet leader  
Victor BVE-39058 10-in. 6/24/1927 That's what I think of you Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BVE-39059 10-in. 6/24/1927 Who is your who Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39090 10-in. 7/7/1927 Honey do Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39091 10-in. 7/7/1927 I ain't that kind of baby Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BVE-41342 10-in. 12/7/1927 Waitin' for Katie Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus director  
Victor BVE-41343 10-in. 12/7/1927 Memphis blues Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-41344 10-in. 12/7/1927 California medley Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-43540 10-in. 4/6/1928 Singapore sorrows Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, vocalist  
Victor BVE-43541 10-in. 4/6/1928 Sweet Sue, just you Ben Pollack's Californians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus director  
Victor BVE-47576 10-in. 10/1/1928 You're gone Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-47577 10-in. 10/1/1928 Forever Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-47742 10-in. 10/15/1928 Buy, buy for baby (or baby will bye bye you) Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-47743 10-in. 10/15/1928 She's one sweet show girl Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-48286 10-in. 12/24/1928 Let's sit and talk about you Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-48287 10-in. 12/24/1928 Futuristic rhythm Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, vocalist  
Victor BVE-48302 10-in. 1/24/1929 Sally of my dreams Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-49220 10-in. 12/3/1928 Then came the dawn Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
(Results 1-25 of 99 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pollack, Ben," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103192.

Pollack, Ben. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103192.

"Pollack, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

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