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Red Nichols

Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965) was an American jazz cornettist, composer, and jazz bandleader.

Over his long career, Nichols recorded in a wide variety of musical styles, and critic Steve Leggett describes him as "an expert cornet player, a solid improviser, and apparently a workaholic, since he is rumored to have appeared on over 4,000 recordings during the 1920s alone."

Birth and Death Data: Born May 8th, 1905 (Ogden), Died Las Vegas

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, trumpet, cornet, director, arranger, composer, songwriter, lyricist, vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30116 10-in. 5/16/1924 Sally Lou George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-30165 10-in. 6/5/1924 A new kind of man George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-30621 10-in. 7/25/1924 Sax-o-phun George Olsen and his Music ; Rudy Wiedoeft Jazz/dance band, with saxophone solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-35951 10-in. 8/2/1926 Nervous Charlie stomp Seattle Harmony Kings Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-37768 10-in. 2/11/1927 Delirium Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-37769 10-in. 2/11/1927 Davenport blues Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-40168 10-in. 10/12/1927 Slippin' around Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-40169 10-in. 10/12/1927 Feeling no pain Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-40512 10-in. 10/26/1927 Sugar Red Nichols' Stompers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, composer  
Victor BVE-40513 10-in. 10/26/1927 Make my cot where the cot-cot-cotton grows Red Nichols' Stompers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader  
Victor BVE-45814 10-in. 6/21/1928 Harlem twist Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-45815 10-in. 6/21/1928 Five pennies Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-64623 10-in. 11/18/1930 That's where the South begins Red Nichols and his Big Ten ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-64624 10-in. 11/18/1930 I'm tickled pink with a blue-eyed baby Red Nichols and his Big Ten ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-67760 10-in. 1/5/1931 At last I'm happy Red Nichols and his Big Ten ; Paul Small Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-67761 10-in. 1/5/1931 If you haven't got a girl Red Nichols and his Big Ten ; Paul Small Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BRC-69789 10-in. 11/18/1931 Last dollar Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-73032 10-in. 6/23/1932 Get cannibal Phil Dooley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-80631 10-in. 6/18/1934 The prize waltz King Harvey ; Red Nichols ; Pennies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-80632 10-in. 6/18/1934 Shine Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-80633 10-in. 6/18/1934 Rollin' home King Harvey ; Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-80634 10-in. 6/18/1934 I'm hummin', I'm whistlin', I'm singin' Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-80635 10-in. 6/18/1934 Jungle fever Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-80636 10-in. 6/18/1934 Let me call you mine Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-80637 10-in. 6/18/1934 Straight from the shoulder (Right from the heart) King Harvey ; Red Nichols ; Pennies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-80638 10-in. 6/18/1934 Rockin' in rhythm Red Nichols ; Pennies Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-80639 10-in. 6/18/1934 The very thought of you King Harvey ; Red Nichols ; Pennies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-80640 10-in. 6/18/1934 Silver threads among the gold Red Nichols ; Pennies Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-80641 10-in. 6/18/1934 Old White's whiskers Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-80642 10-in. 6/18/1934 Runnin' wild Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032955 10-in. 3/12/1939 The hour of parting Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-032956 10-in. 3/12/1939 Our love Bill Darnell ; Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-032957 10-in. 3/12/1939 You're so desirable Bill Darnell ; Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-032958 10-in. 3/12/1939 The King Kong Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director, composer  
Victor BS-032959 10-in. 3/12/1939 I never knew heaven could speak Bill Darnell ; Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-032960 10-in. 3/12/1939 Tears from my inkwell Bill Darnell ; Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-037666 10-in. 6/21/1939 Poor Loulie Jean Bill Darnell ; Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-037684 10-in. 6/26/1939 It's 'way past my dreaming time Bill Darnell ; Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-041719 10-in. 10/6/1939 Let me dream Bill Darnell ; Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W141527 10-in. 1/20/1926 Nervous Charlie stomp Dixie Stompers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W143260 10-in. 1/4/1927 Washboard blues Arkansaw Travellers Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W143261 10-in. 1/4/1927 That's no bargain Arkansaw Travellers Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia W143262 10-in. 1/4/1927 Boneyard shuffle Arkansaw Travellers Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W143533 10-in. 2/25/1927 Farewell blues Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W143534 10-in. 2/25/1927 Davenport blues Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W143537 10-in. 2/25/1927 Wabash blues Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W143543 10-in. 2/26/1927 Alabama stomp Charles Kaley Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W144168 10-in. 5/18/1927 My gal Sal Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W144169 10-in. 5/18/1927 Delirium Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W144625 10-in. 9/6/1927 Five pennies Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia W144626 10-in. 9/6/1927 Sugar foot strut Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W144649 10-in. 9/8/1927 Imagination Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W144650 10-in. 9/8/1927 Feelin' no pain Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W144883 10-in. 10/19/1927 Headin' for Harlem Brown-Morris Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W144884 10-in. 10/19/1927 I left my sugar standing in the rain (And she melted away) Brown-Morris Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W144887 10-in. 10/19/1927 Rose of Monterey Brown-Morris Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W145726 10-in. 3/7/1928 My melancholy baby Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W145727 10-in. 3/7/1928 Mississippi mud Charleston Chasers ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W146451 10-in. 6/18/1928 Trumpet sobs George McMurphy Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W149002 10-in. 9/13/1929 Swanee shuffle The Midnight Airdales Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W149003 10-in. 9/13/1929 I gotta have you The Midnight Airdales Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W351126 10-in. 11/5/1931 Last dollar Eddie Droesch Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80338 10-in. 1/26/1927 Alexander's ragtime band Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W80339 10-in. 1/26/1927 Some sweet day Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W80340 10-in. 1/26/1927 Hurricane Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W80501 10-in. 3/7/1927 Davenport blues Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W80502 10-in. 3/7/1927 Darktown Strutters' Ball Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W80503 10-in. 3/7/1927 A hot time in the old town Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W80716 10-in. 4/11/1927 After you've gone Ted Shapiro ; Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh W80717 10-in. 4/11/1927 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Miff Mole's Molers ; Ted Shapiro ; Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh W81296 10-in. 8/30/1927 Imagination Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W81297 10-in. 8/30/1927 Feelin' no pain Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W81298 10-in. 8/30/1927 Original Dixieland one-step Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W81413 10-in. 9/1/1927 My gal Sal Little Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W81414 10-in. 9/1/1927 Honolulu blues Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W81415 10-in. 9/1/1927 The new twister Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W81575 10-in. 10/26/1927 Sugar Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
Brunswick E24230-E24232 10-in. 8/15/1927 Ida! Sweet as apple cider Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Brunswick E24233-E24235 10-in. 8/15/1927 Feelin’ no pain Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Brunswick C1860 10-in. 4/3/1928 Sugar Bessie Brown Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C2105 10-in. 7/21/1928 Skinner’s sock Louisiana Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C2106 10-in. 7/21/1928 When you're smiling Louisiana Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick C2107 10-in. 7/21/1928 Dusky stevedore Louisiana Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick C2108 10-in. 7/21/1928 Hallucinations Louisiana Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 473 10-in. Jan. 1928 Sugar Fred Elizalde Hot Music Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 1001-a] 10-in. Mar. 1927 Hurricane Fred Elizalde Varsity Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E27605 10-in. 5/29/1928 Panama Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27606 10-in. 5/29/1928 There’ll come a time Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick XE27621 12-in. 5/31/1928 Dear old Southland Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick XE27622 12-in. 5/31/1928 Limehouse blues Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E27623 10-in. 5/31/1928 Whispering Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27624 10-in. 5/31/1928 I can’t give you anything but love Louisiana Rhythm Kings ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27625 10-in. 6/1/1928 Margie Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27626 10-in. 6/1/1928 Imagination Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27627 10-in. 6/1/1928 Original Dixieland one-step Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28194 10-in. 9/11/1928 Get out and get under the moon Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28195 10-in. 9/11/1928 That’s my weakness now Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet arranger  
Brunswick E28199 10-in. 9/11/1928 My Ohio home Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28200 10-in. 9/11/1928 My pet Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28220 10-in. 9/14/1928 Chloe Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28221 10-in. 9/14/1928 Ready for the river Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28222 10-in. 9/14/1928 Sweet Sue—just you Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28225 10-in. 9/14/1928 She’s a great, great girl Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28226 10-in. 9/14/1928 Because my baby don’t mean ‘“maybe” now! Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28227 10-in. 9/14/1928 Oh, baby! Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Brunswick E28326 10-in. 10/2/1928 A pretty girl is like a melody Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick E28327 10-in. 10/2/1928 I must have that man! Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick E29209 10-in. 2/1/1929 I never knew Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E29210 10-in. 2/1/1929 Who’s sorry now? Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick XE29995 12-in. 6/7/1929 I’ll see you in my dreams Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E21717-E21719 10-in. 3/3/1927 Bugle call rag Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E21720-E21722 10-in. 3/3/1927 Back beats Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E23665-E23667 10-in. 6/20/1927 Cornfed Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet, arranger  
Brunswick E23668-E23670 10-in. 6/20/1927 Five pennies Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band arranger, instrumentalist, cornet, leader, composer  
Brunswick E23752-E23755 10-in. 6/25/1927 Mean dog blues Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet, arranger  
Brunswick E24224-E24226 10-in. 8/15/1927 Riverboat shuffle Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
Brunswick E24227-E24229 10-in. 8/15/1927 Eccentric Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
Brunswick E26693-E26694 10-in. 2/27/1928 Avalon Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick E26695-E26696 10-in. 2/27/1928 The Japanese sandman Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick XE26772-XE26774 12-in. 3/2/1928 Poor Butterfly Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take XE26774) leader, arranger  
Brunswick XE26775-XE26777 12-in. 3/2/1928 Can’t yo’ heah me callin’ Caroline Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take XE26777) leader, arranger  
Edison 11245 10-in. 10/13/1926 Alabama stomp Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band leader  
Edison 11246 10-in. 10/13/1926 Stampede Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band leader  
Edison 11291 10-in. 11/10/1926 Hurricane Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band leader  
Edison 11292 10-in. 11/10/1926 Black Bottom stomp Red and Miff's Stompers Jazz/dance band leader  
Edison 18028 10-in. 11/11/1927 Five pennies Phil Napoleon Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison S-19 10-in. 1928 Five pennies - Test recording Phil Napoleon Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Vocalion E4178-E4179 10-in. 12/8/1926 Washboard blues Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
Vocalion E4260-E4262 10-in. 12/20/1926 Boneyard shuffle Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E4263-E4265 10-in. 12/20/1926 Buddy’s habits Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E4392-E4394 10-in. 1/12/1927 Alabama stomp Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Vocalion E4395-E4397 10-in. 1/12/1927 Hurricane Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance quintet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Vocalion E7168-E7169 10-in. 2/25/1928 Nobody’s sweetheart Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
Vocalion E7170-E7171 10-in. 2/25/1928 My gal Sal (They called her frivolous Sal) Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Decca 71439 10-in. 10/1/1943 My heart tells me Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71440 10-in. 10/1/1943 My shining hour Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71441 10-in. 10/1/1943 Birmingham special Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71442 10-in. 10/1/1943 An old manuscript Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71813 10-in. 2/27/1944 Suddenly it's Spring Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71814 10-in. 2/27/1944 Sure thing Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72258 10-in. 6/15/1944 Forget-me-nots in your eyes Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72259 10-in. 6/15/1944 Don't take your love from me Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72260 10-in. 6/15/1944 Blue rhapsody Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72261 10-in. 6/15/1944 All by myself Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 80039 10/7/1949 Muskrat ramble Firehouse Five Plus Two instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 80040 10/7/1949 South Rampart Street parade Firehouse Five Plus Two instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 6034 2/2/1951 Sentimental music Bing Crosby instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 6035 2/2/1951 Silver moon Bing Crosby instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 6262 4/27/1951 Gone fishin' Louis Armstrong ; Bing Crosby instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 6318 6/20/1951 In the cool, cool, cool of the evening-1 Bing Crosby instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca L 6319 6/20/1951 Misto Cristofo Colombo Bing Crosby instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca L 6648 2/14/1952 Ida, sweet as apple cider-3 Bing Crosby instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 6870 9/5/1952 South Rampart Street parade The Andrews Sisters ; Bing Crosby instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca L 6871 9/5/1952 Cool water The Andrews Sisters ; Bing Crosby instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca L 7519 12/31/1953 Moanin' low Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 7520 12/31/1953 Takin' a chance on love Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, trumpet  
Vocalion E4180-E4181 10-in. 12/8/1926 That’s no bargain Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance ensemble composer, instrumentalist, cornet, leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nichols, Red," accessed August 4, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104163.

Nichols, Red. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104163.

"Nichols, Red." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 4 August 2020.

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