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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 (Results 26-50 of 103 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 103 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pollack, Ben," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103192.

Pollack, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103192.

"Pollack, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103192

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