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Red Norvo

Red Norvo (born Kenneth Norville, March 31, 1908 – April 6, 1999) was an American musician, one of jazz's early vibraphonists, known as "Mr. Swing". He helped establish the xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone as jazz instruments. His recordings included "Dance of the Octopus", "Bughouse", "Knockin' on Wood", "Congo Blues", and "Hole in the Wall".

Birth and Death Data: Born 1908 (Beardstown), Died April 6th, 1999 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: vibraphone, xylophone, piano, director, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-101132 10-in. 3/27/1936 The touch of your lips Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-101133 10-in. 3/27/1936 Will I ever know? Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-101134 10-in. 3/27/1936 I don't want to make history Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-101135 10-in. 3/27/1936 I hope Gabriel likes my music Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-101136 10-in. 3/27/1936 You Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-101137 10-in. 3/27/1936 You never looked so beautiful Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-027216 10-in. 9/23/1938 Jump jump's here Elisse Cooper ; Eddie De Lange Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Decca 60300 10-in. 1/6/1936 Gramercy Square Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60301 10-in. 1/6/1936 Polly wally doodle Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60315 10-in. 1/8/1936 Decca stomp Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60318 10-in. 1/8/1936 The wedding of Jack and Jill-1 Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60589 10-in. 2/26/1936 You started me dreaming Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60590 10-in. 2/26/1936 Misty islands of the Highlands Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60591 10-in. 2/26/1936 What's the name of that song? Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60592 10-in. 2/26/1936 Let yourself go Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60593 10-in. 2/26/1936 Life begins when you're in love Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60594 10-in. 2/26/1936 If you love me Red Norvo Orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60898 10-in. 3/16/1936 I got rhythm Red Norvo and his Swing Sextette instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 60899 10-in. 3/16/1936 Oh, lady be good Red Norvo and his Swing Sextette instrumentalist, xylophone  
Decca 61116 10-in. 5/25/1936 The glory of love Dick Robertson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61117 10-in. 5/25/1936 Blazin' the trail Dick Robertson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61118 10-in. 5/26/1936 I'll bet you tell that to all the girls Dick Robertson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61119 10-in. 5/26/1936 She shall have music Dick Robertson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61120 10-in. 5/26/1936 Would you? Dick Robertson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61121 10-in. 5/26/1936 A waltz was born in Vienna Dick Robertson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61122 10-in. 5/26/1936 on the beach at Bali Bali Dick Robertson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84352 4/21/1953 The spider's web Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 84353 4/21/1953 Lover come back to me Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 84354 4/21/1953 Dancing on the ceiling Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 84376 4/24/1953 Strike up the band Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 84377 4/24/1953 Where or when Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 84378 4/24/1953 Good bait Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 6824 7/1/1952 Tenderly Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 6825 7/1/1952 Aren't you glad you are you Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 6907 10/16/1952 I remember you Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 6908 10/16/1952 Skylark Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 8467 6/1/1955 Pink lady Jack Millman Orchestra instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 8469 6/1/1955 Just a pretty tune Jack Millman Orchestra instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 8845 12/12/1955 Be my guest John Graas Nonet instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 8846 12/12/1955 Softly the horn blows John Graas Nonet instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca L 8847 12/12/1955 Mozartesque John Graas Nonet instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca N 2349 10-in. 6/23/1944 Dee Dee's dance Red Norvo Sextet instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca N 2350 10-in. 6/23/1944 Blue skies Red Norvo Sextet instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca N 2351 10-in. 6/23/1944 Seven come eleven Red Norvo Sextet instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca N 2352 10-in. 6/23/1944 I surrender dear Red Norvo Sextet instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca N 2353 10-in. 6/23/1944 Red dust Red Norvo Sextet instrumentalist, vibraphone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Norvo, Red," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103480.

Norvo, Red. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103480.

"Norvo, Red." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103480

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