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Clarence Muse

Clarence Muse (October 14, 1889 – October 13, 1979) was an actor, screenwriter, director, composer, and lawyer. Muse was the first African American to "star" in a film. He acted for fifty years, and appeared in more than 150 movies. He was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1973.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 14th, 1889 (Baltimore), Died October 13th, 1979 (Perris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-70611 10-in. 10/4/1931 When it's sleepy time down South Mildred Bailey ; King's Jesters ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor CS-74878 12-in. 12/21/1932 Medley of Armstrong hits Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo songwriter  
Victor LBS-74879 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 12/21/1932 Medley of Armstrong hits Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo songwriter  
Victor PBVE-1306 10-in. 10/14/1931 Sleepy time down South Phil Harris Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor PBS-09577 10-in. 7/7/1937 When it's sleepy time down South Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-022118 10-in. 4/4/1938 Sleepy time down South Vernon Geyer ; Bill Radebaugh Organ solo, with piano, vibraphone, and male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-047360 10-in. 3/4/1940 When it's sleepy time down South Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo songwriter  
Victor BS-063825 10-in. 4/28/1941 When it's sleepy time down South Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia W151803 10-in. 9/21/1931 When it's sleepy time down south Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W404424 10-in. 4/20/1931 When it's sleepy time down South Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick C7916 10-in. 7/27/1931 When it’s sleepy time down South Jimmie Noone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Muse, Clarence," accessed November 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103831.

Muse, Clarence. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103831.

"Muse, Clarence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103831

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