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Helen Humes

Helen Humes (June 23, 1913 – September 9, 1981) was an American jazz and blues singer.

Humes was a teenage blues singer, a vocalist with Count Basie's band, a saucy R&B diva, and a mature interpreter of the classy popular song. Along with other well-known jazz singers of the swing era, Humes helped to shape and define the sound of vocal swing music.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 23rd, 1913 (Louisville), Died September 9th, 1981 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 28 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W80803 10-in. 4/30/1927 Black cat blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80804 10-in. 4/30/1927 Jam up too tight Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
OKeh W80805 10-in. 4/30/1927 A worried woman's blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80806 10-in. 4/30/1927 Stomping Weaver's blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
OKeh W81869 10-in. 11/26/1927 If Papa has outside lovin' Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W81870 10-in. 11/26/1927 Do what you did last night Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W81871 10-in. 11/26/1927 Everybody does it now Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W81872 10-in. 11/26/1927 Cross-eyed blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
OKeh W81873 10-in. 11/26/1927 Garlic blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
OKeh W81880 10-in. 11/27/1927 Alligator blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
OKeh W81881 10-in. 11/27/1927 Nappy headed blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
OKeh W81882 10-in. 11/27/1927 Race horse blues Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Decca 64746 10-in. 11/16/1938 Dark rapture Count Basie Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 64851 10-in. 1/5/1939 My heart belongs to Daddy Count Basie Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 64852 10-in. 1/5/1939 Sing for your supper Count Basie Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 64981 10-in. 2/3/1939 Blame it on my last affair Count Basie Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 64983 10-in. 2/4/1939 Thursday-1 Count Basie Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 70299 10-in. 2/9/1942 Mound bayou Pete Brown and his Band vocalist  
Decca 70300 10-in. 2/9/1942 Unlucky woman (Unlucky blues) Pete Brown and his Band vocalist  
Decca 70301 10-in. 2/9/1942 Gonna buy me a telephone Pete Brown and his Band vocalist  
Decca 82473 2/2/1952 They raided the joint Helen Humes vocalist  
Decca 82474 2/2/1952 Loud talkin' woman Helen Humes vocalist  
Decca 82475 2/2/1952 Mean way of lovin' Helen Humes vocalist  
Decca 82476 2/2/1952 I cried for you Helen Humes vocalist  
Decca L 6589 1/14/1952 Wheel of fortune Helen Humes vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 28 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Humes, Helen," accessed September 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104512.

Humes, Helen. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104512.

"Humes, Helen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104512

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