Clyde Lee McCoy (December 29, 1903 – June 11, 1990), was an American jazz trumpeter whose popularity spanned seven decades. He is best remembered for his theme song, "Sugar Blues", written by Clarence Williams and Lucy Fletcher, and also as a co-founder of Down Beat magazine in 1935. The song hit in 1931 and 1935, in Columbia and Decca versions, and returned to Billboard magazine's Country (Hillbilly) chart in 1941. It was also played with vocals, by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Fats Waller and Ella Fitzgerald.
Johnny Mercer had a vocal hit in 1947. McCoy was a member of one of the families of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, and was based at various times in Los Angeles, New York City, and at Chicago's Drake Hotel, where he first performed "Sugar Blues" in 1930. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6426 Hollywood Boulevard.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 29th, 1903 (Ashland), Died June 11th, 1990 (Memphis)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, trumpet, vocalist, lyricist, composer, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 62 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W151239||10-in.||1/22/1931||Readin', ritin', rhythm||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio||leader|
|Columbia||W151503||10-in.||4/10/1931||Black and tan fantasy||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W151504||10-in.||4/10/1931||It looks like love||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W151505||10-in.||4/10/1931||A lonely gondolier||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W151506||10-in.||4/10/1931||The nightmare||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W151763||10-in.||9/2/1931||Old fashioned love||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W151764||10-in.||9/2/1931||Mood indigo||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W151765||10-in.||9/2/1931||I've found a new baby||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W151766||10-in.||9/2/1931||Creole love call||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152443||10-in.||7/26/1933||Smoke rings||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152444||10-in.||7/26/1933||Some of these days||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152445||10-in.||7/26/1933||In the cool of the night||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy ; Bud Prentiss||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, lyricist|
|Columbia||W152446||10-in.||7/26/1933||New Basin Street blues||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy ; Bud Prentiss||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W152447||10-in.||7/26/1933||It might have been a different story||Charles Kaley||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152448||10-in.||7/26/1933||I would if I could but I can't||Charles Kaley||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152477||10-in.||8/22/1933||Nobody's sweetheart||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152478||10-in.||8/22/1933||Wah-wah lament||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152479||10-in.||8/22/1933||Way down yonder in New Orleans||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152480||10-in.||8/22/1933||Tear it down||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||leader, songwriter|
|Columbia||W152600||10-in.||12/14/1933||Business on the Q.T.||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||composer, leader|
|Columbia||W152601||10-in.||12/14/1933||Little women (like you)||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy ; Bud Prentiss||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W152602||10-in.||12/14/1933||Palooka (It's a grand old American name)||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W152603||10-in.||12/14/1933||Like me a little bit less (love me a little bit more)||Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy ; Bud Prentiss||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Decca||60063||10-in.||10/14/1935||I'm gonna play in the Varsity Band||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60064||10-in.||10/14/1935||The nightmare||Clyde McCoy Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McCoy, Clyde," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104373.
McCoy, Clyde. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104373.
"McCoy, Clyde." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.
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