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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 76-100 of 103 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 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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