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Fess Williams

Fess Williams (né Stanley R. Williams; April 10, 1894 – December 17, 1975) was an American jazz musician.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 10th, 1894 (Danville), Died December 17th, 1975 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, alto saxophone, leader, director, vocalist, composer, songwriter, arranger, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-36099 10-in. 9/6/1926 Make me know it (If you mean what you say) Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with clarinet, cornet, and piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-36985 10-in. 11/30/1926 What did Romie-O-Juliet (When he climbed the balcony) Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-36986 10-in. 11/30/1926 Nobody but my baby (Is gettin' my love) Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Victor BVE-50882 10-in. 5/15/1929 Snag nasty Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-50883 10-in. 5/15/1929 Big shot Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, composer, clarinet  
Victor BVE-50889 10-in. 5/16/1929 Sell it Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, composer, clarinet  
Victor BVE-50890 10-in. 5/16/1929 Betsy Brown Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-51198 10-in. 4/22/1929 Friction Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, composer, clarinet  
Victor BVE-51199 10-in. 4/22/1929 Kentucky blues Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-51234 10-in. 4/17/1929 Here 'tis Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, composer, clarinet  
Victor BVE-51235 10-in. 4/17/1929 A few riffs Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, composer, director  
Victor BVE-51236 10-in. 4/17/1929 Hot town Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, composer, director  
Victor BVE-51900 10-in. 4/22/1929 Do shuffle Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55928 10-in. 9/20/1929 Sweet Savannah Sue Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55929 10-in. 9/20/1929 Ain't misbehavin' Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55930 10-in. 9/20/1929 Buttons Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55931 10-in. 9/20/1929 Musical campmeeting Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57197 10-in. 12/6/1929 Goin' to get 'cha Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57198 10-in. 12/6/1929 Hot mama Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57199 10-in. 12/6/1929 Smilin' face Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57200 10-in. 12/6/1929 Slide Mr. Jelly, slide Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet, composer  
Victor BVE-59757 10-in. 4/18/1930 She's still dizzy Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-59758 10-in. 4/18/1930 Hot mamma Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-59759 10-in. 4/18/1930 'Leven-thirty Saturday night Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-59760 10-in. 4/18/1930 I'm feelin' devilish Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-62335 10-in. 7/10/1930 All for grits and gravy Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-62336 10-in. 7/10/1930 Playing my saxophone Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, songwriter, vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-62337 10-in. 7/10/1930 You can't go wrong Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director, clarinet  
Victor BVE-62338 10-in. 7/10/1930 Gheechee dance Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BVE-63302 10-in. 7/23/1930 Dinah Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director  
Victor BVE-63303 10-in. 7/23/1930 Ida sweet as apple cider Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director  
Victor BVE-63304 10-in. 7/23/1930 Just to be with you tonight Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director  
Victor BVE-63305 10-in. 7/23/1930 Everything's O.K. with me Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone, director  
Victor BRC-69027 10-in. 5/8/1931 Make me know it Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor [Trial 1927-07-18-01] 10-in. 7/18/1927 Alabamy (Here I am) Henrietta Kamern Organ solo songwriter  
Columbia 142244 10-in. 5/24/1926 Make me know it Royal Flush Savoy Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, leader, vocalist  
Columbia 142245 10-in. 5/24/1926 My mamma's in town Royal Flush Savoy Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia [W]151354 10-in. 2/25/1931 When you're looking for tulips (To kiss your troubles away) The Four Aces Male vocal quartet, with guitar and steel guitar songwriter  
OKeh 74158 10-in. May 1926 Caroline Royal Flush Savoy Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
OKeh 74159 10-in. May 1926 Make me know it (If you mean what you say) Royal Flush Savoy Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, vocalist, leader  
Brunswick C1867 10-in. 4/4/1928 Dixie stomp Joy Boys ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C1868 10-in. 4/4/1928 Drifting and dreaming (Sweet Paradise) Joy Boys ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E3884-E3885 10-in. 10/1/1926 Messin’ around Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Brunswick E3886-E3887 10-in. 10/1/1926 Heebie jeebies Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Brunswick E4012-E4013 10-in. 10/27/1926 Atlanta Black Bottom Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E4014-E4015 10-in. 10/27/1926 High fever Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E4092-E4093 10-in. 11/18/1926 High fever Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E4094-E4095 10-in. 11/18/1926 Atlanta Black Bottom Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E4503-E4505 10-in. 2/3/1927 White ghost shivers Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E4506-E4508 10-in. 2/3/1927 My pretty girl Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E4598-E4600 10-in. 2/25/1927 Gambler's blues Fess Williams Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E4601-E4602 10-in. 2/25/1927 I wasn't scared, but I just thought that I had better go Fess Williams Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E4769-E4771 10-in. 3/28/1927 Variety stomp Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E4772-E4774 10-in. 3/28/1927 Phantom blues Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E20882-E20883 10-in. 12/6/1926 Carolina bound The Five Harmaniacs Instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Brunswick E23633-E23635 10-in. 6/15/1927 Alligator crawl Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band arranger, leader  
Brunswick E23636-E23638 10-in. 6/15/1927 Ozark blues Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band arranger, leader  
Brunswick E23746-E23748 10-in. 6/24/1927 Number ten Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band arranger, leader  
Brunswick E23749-E23751 10-in. 6/24/1927 Razor edge Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Edison 11369 10-in. 12/14/1926 What did Romie-o-Juliet (When he climbed her balcony) Five Harmaniacs Jug band composer  
Decca 67563 10-in. 4/18/1940 Jazzin' babies blues Georgia White instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67564 10-in. 4/18/1940 Papa pleaser Georgia White instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67565 10-in. 4/17/1940 Let me ride your train Frankie Half Pint Jaxon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67566 10-in. 4/17/1940 Be your natural self Frankie Half Pint Jaxon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67567 10-in. 4/17/1940 Turn over Frankie Half Pint Jaxon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67568 10-in. 4/17/1940 Take off them hips Frankie Half Pint Jaxon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67569 10-in. 4/17/1940 Gimme a pig's foot and a bottle of beer Frankie Half Pint Jaxon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67570 10-in. 4/17/1940 You can't tell Frankie Half Pint Jaxon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67571 10-in. 4/17/1940 My little girl Lee Brown instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67572 10-in. 4/17/1940 Lucille blues Lee Brown instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67573 10-in. 4/17/1940 Mississippi water blues Lee Brown instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67574 10-in. 4/17/1940 Little leg woman Lee Brown instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67575 10-in. 4/18/1940 Sensation blues Georgia White instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67576 10-in. 4/18/1940 Late hour blues Georgia White instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67577 10-in. 4/18/1940 Panama limited blues Georgia White instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67578 10-in. 4/18/1940 You ought to be ashamed of yourself Georgia White instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 70029 10-in. 12/10/1941 Why don't you love me any more? Ruby Smith instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 70030 10-in. 12/10/1941 Harlem gin blues Ruby Smith instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 70031 10-in. 12/10/1941 My name is Jim Jack Meredith instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 70032 10-in. 12/10/1941 Match box blues Jack Meredith instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Fess," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103509.

Williams, Fess. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103509.

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

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103509

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