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King Oliver

Joseph Nathan "King" Oliver (December 19, 1881 – April 10, 1938) was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized for his playing style and his pioneering use of mutes in jazz. Also a notable composer, he wrote many tunes still played today, including "Dippermouth Blues", "Sweet Like This", "Canal Street Blues", and "Doctor Jazz". He was the mentor and teacher of Louis Armstrong. His influence was such that Armstrong claimed, "if it had not been for Joe Oliver, Jazz would not be what it is today."

Birth and Death Data: Born December 19th, 1881 (New Orleans), Died Savannah

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, cornet, composer, electric organ, director, songwriter, arranger, trombone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 149 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-34039 10-in. 12/17/1925 Sugar foot stomp Fred Hamm Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-37257 10-in. 12/16/1926 Doctor Jazz stomp Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-45624 10-in. 6/11/1928 Mournful serenade Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-48332 10-in. 2/1/1929 Easy goin' King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-48333 10-in. 2/1/1929 Call of the freaks King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-48334 10-in. 2/1/1929 The trumpet's prayer King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-49649 10-in. 1/16/1929 Freakish light blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-49650 10-in. 1/16/1929 West End blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Victor BVE-49651 10-in. 1/16/1929 I've got that thing King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-50523 10-in. 2/25/1929 Can I tell you? King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Victor BVE-50524 10-in. 2/25/1929 Uncle Joe's stomp King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Victor BVE-50525 10-in. 2/25/1929 My good man Sam King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-50526 10-in. 2/25/1929 I can't be worried blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BRC-53066 10-in. 4/29/1931 Sugar foot stomp Connie’s Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-56756 10-in. 10/8/1929 What you want me to do King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-56757 10-in. 10/8/1929 Sweet like this King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-56758 10-in. 10/8/1929 Too late King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-57527 10-in. 11/6/1929 I'm lonesome, sweetheart King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-57528 10-in. 11/6/1929 I want you just myself King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-57529 10-in. 11/6/1929 I can't stop loving you King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-57701 10-in. 11/18/1929 You don't understand Jimmie Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-57702 10-in. 11/18/1929 You've got to be modernistic Jimmie Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-58338 10-in. 12/30/1929 Everybody does it in Hawaii King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-58339 10-in. 12/30/1929 Frankie and Johnny King Oliver Orchestra ; Roy Smeck Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-58340 10-in. 12/30/1929 New Orleans shout King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 149 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed October 1, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

Oliver, King. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 1, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

"Oliver, King." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 1 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809

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