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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 June 7th, 1971 (Palm Springs)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1949

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

Notes: Also played drums.

See Also: New Orleans Rhythm Kings

Recordings

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 composer, vocalist  
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 director, vocalist  
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 director, vocalist  
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 leader, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39059 10-in. 6/24/1927 Who is your who Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
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 vocalist, director  
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 vocalist, director  
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  
Victor BVE-49221 10-in. 12/3/1928 Sentimental baby Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-49673 10-in. 1/22/1929 Wang-wang blues Ben's Bad Boys ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-49674 10-in. 1/22/1929 Yellow Dog blues Ben's Bad Boys ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-49675 10-in. 1/22/1929 Shirt-tail stomp Ben's Bad Boys ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-50905 10-in. 3/1/1929 Louise Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack ; Charles Roberts Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-50906 10-in. 3/1/1929 Wait 'til you see 'ma chérie' Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack ; Charles Roberts Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-50912 10-in. 3/5/1929 My kinda love Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-50913 10-in. 3/5/1929 On with the dance Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-53517 10-in. 5/27/1929 I'd like to be a Gypsy Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-53518 10-in. 5/27/1929 Finding the long way home Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-53947 10-in. 7/25/1929 In the hush of the night Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps, director  
Victor BVE-53948 10-in. 7/25/1929 Won'tcha? Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps, director  
Victor BVE-53949 10-in. 7/25/1929 Bashful baby Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps, director  
Victor BVE-53989 10-in. 8/15/1929 Where the sweet forget-me-nots remember Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-53990 10-in. 8/15/1929 Song of the blues Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-53991 10-in. 8/15/1929 True blue Lou Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-56105 10-in. 8/22/1929 Sweetheart, we need each other Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-56106 10-in. 8/22/1929 You're always in my arms (But only in my dreams) Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-56721 10-in. 9/27/1929 You've made me happy today! Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Ben Pollack ; Charles Roberts Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-56722 10-in. 9/27/1929 From now on Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Ben Pollack ; Charles Roberts Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-57637 10-in. 11/29/1929 Keep your undershirt on Burt Lorin ; Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Orchestra, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-57638 10-in. 11/29/1929 Reaching for the moon Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Orchestra, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-75409 10-in. 3/19/1933 Linger a little longer in the twilight Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Doris Robbins Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-75410 10-in. 3/19/1933 I bring a song Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-75411 10-in. 3/19/1933 Low down upon the Harlem River Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor PBS-09569 10-in. 7/6/1937 Peckin' Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-010112 10-in. 5/3/1937 Peckin' Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-028175 10-in. 10/31/1938 Tin roof blues Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W140710 10-in. 6/22/1925 Tin roof blues Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W143433 10-in. 3/7/1927 Tin roof blues Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio Instrumental trio (Hawaiian) composer  
Columbia W152662 10-in. 12/28/1933 Got the jitters Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152663 10-in. 12/28/1933 Deep jungle Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter, leader  
Columbia W152664 10-in. 12/28/1933 Swing out Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W152665 10-in. 12/28/1933 I'm full of the devil Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Columbia W152692 10-in. 1/23/1934 I wanna be loved Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152693 10-in. 1/23/1934 My little grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal trio vocalist, leader  
Columbia W152694 10-in. 1/23/1934 Goin' to heaven on a mule Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Joe Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152721 10-in. 2/23/1934 Dancing in the moonlight Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Columbia W152722 10-in. 2/23/1934 The voodoo Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152723 10-in. 2/23/1934 Ole mammy ain't gonna sing no more Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152724 10-in. 2/23/1934 Here goes Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152725 10-in. 2/23/1934 The beat of my heart Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152726 10-in. 2/23/1934 Alone on the range Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Joe Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152755 10-in. 5/29/1934 Night on the desert Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152756 10-in. 5/29/1934 Sleepy head Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152757 10-in. 5/29/1934 Freckle face, you're beautiful Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Joe Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152758 10-in. 5/29/1934 I've got a warm spot in my heart for you Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Doris Robbins Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
OKeh S-71605 10-in. June 1923 Tin roof blues Harry Raderman's Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W401535 10-in. 1/16/1929 Let's sit and talk about you Louisville Rhythm Kings [Ben Pollack Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401558 10-in. 1/25/1929 Shout Hallelujah! 'Cause I'm home Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401559 10-in. 1/25/1929 In a great big way Louisville Rhythm Kings [Ben Pollack Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio leader  
Brunswick E27684 10-in. 6/11/1928 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E36104 10-in. 2/19/1931 That’s the kind of man for me New Orleans Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36105 10-in. 2/19/1931 I’m one of God’s children (Who hasn’t got wings) New Orleans Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36106 10-in. 2/19/1931 No wonder I’m blue New Orleans Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Brunswick E36107 10-in. 2/19/1931 There’s rhythm in the river New Orleans Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet leader  
Decca DLA 910 10-in. 9/11/1937 Boogie woogie Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 911 10-in. 9/11/1937 California, here I come Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 912 10-in. 9/11/1937 My wild Irish Rose Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 913 10-in. 9/11/1937 Alice blue gown Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 914 10-in. 9/11/1937 Cuddle up a little closer Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 915 10-in. 9/11/1937 can't you hear me calling, Caroline? Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 945 10-in. 9/21/1937 If it's the last thing I do Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 946 10-in. 9/21/1937 I'm in my glory Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 947 10-in. 9/21/1937 You made me love you Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 948 10-in. 9/21/1937 The snake-charmer Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 1201 10-in. 4/9/1938 Morocco Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 1202 10-in. 4/9/1938 Fare Thee honey, fare Thee well Connie Boswell instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 1203 10-in. 4/9/1938 Mr. Freddie blues Connie Boswell instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 1204 10-in. 4/9/1938 Nobody's gonna take you from me Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, traps  
Decca DLA 1231 10-in. 4/18/1938 You'll be reminded of me Ben Pollack Orchestra leader  
Decca DLA 1232 10-in. 4/18/1938 After you've gone Ben Pollack Orchestra leader  
Decca DLA 1233 10-in. 4/18/1938 There's rain in my eyes Ben Pollack Orchestra leader  
Decca DLA 1234 10-in. 4/18/1938 Everybody's doin' it Ben Pollack Orchestra leader  
Decca DLA 1235 10-in. 4/18/1938 This is the life ; The international rag Ben Pollack Orchestra leader  
Decca DLA 1236 10-in. 4/18/1938 Looking at the world through rose-colored glasses Ben Pollack Orchestra leader  
Decca L 5250 12/9/1949 That's a plenty Hoagy Carmichael instrumentalist, traps  
Decca L 5251 12/9/1949 At the Darktown Strutter's Ball Hoagy Carmichael instrumentalist, traps  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pollack, Ben," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103192.

Pollack, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103192.

"Pollack, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

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