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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

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  
Victor BVE-58527 10-in. 1/28/1930 St. James Infirmary King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-58528 10-in. 1/28/1930 When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you) King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-59525 10-in. 3/18/1930 I must have it King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-59526 10-in. 3/18/1930 Rhythm Club stomp King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-59527 10-in. 3/18/1930 You're just my type King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-59747 10-in. 4/10/1930 Edna King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-59748 10-in. 4/10/1930 Boogie woogie King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-59749 10-in. 4/10/1930 Mule face blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-62236 10-in. 5/22/1930 Struggle buggy King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-62237 10-in. 5/22/1930 Don't you think I love you? King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, electric organ, composer  
Victor BVE-62238 10-in. 5/22/1930 Olga King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-63134 10-in. 9/12/1930 What's the use of living without love George Bias ; King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-63135 10-in. 9/12/1930 (You were only) Passinig time with me George Bias ; King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-63639 10-in. 9/10/1930 Shake it and break it King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-63640 10-in. 9/10/1930 Stingaree blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-64013 10-in. 9/19/1930 Nelson stomp King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor BVE-64014 10-in. 9/19/1930 Stealing love King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, electric organ  
Victor PBS-09689 10-in. 9/6/1937 Sugarfoot stomp Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-028140 10-in. 10/21/1938 Sugar foot stomp Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-037192 10-in. 6/6/1939 Sugar foot stomp The Pied Pipers Mixed vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 81300 10-in. 10/15/1923 Chattanooga stomp King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band songwriter, leader  
Columbia 81301 10-in. 10/15/1923 Junk man blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia 81302 10-in. 10/15/1923 London (Café) blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader, songwriter  
Columbia 81303 10-in. 10/16/1923 Camp meeting blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia 81304 10-in. 10/16/1923 New Orleans stomp King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band songwriter, leader  
Columbia 81317 10-in. 10/18/1923 Chimes blues Frank Westphal Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W140639 10-in. 5/29/1925 Sugar foot stomp Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W143334 10-in. 1/20/1927 Snag it Dixie Stompers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W146430 10-in. 6/12/1928 You're such a cruel papa to me Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W146431 10-in. 6/12/1928 My dif'rent kind of man Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W146881 10-in. 8/23/1928 West End blues Ethel Waters ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W149793 10-in. 1/22/1930 Snag it Georgia Cotton Pickers ; George Tynes Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W151442 10-in. 3/19/1931 Sugar foot stomp Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 8391 10-in. 6/22/1923 Snake rag King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
OKeh 8392 10-in. 6/22/1923 Sweet lovin' man King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 8393 10-in. 6/22/1923 High society rag King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8394 10-in. June 1923 Sobbin' blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8401 10-in. 6/23/1923 Where did you stay last night? King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8402 10-in. 6/23/1923 Dipper mouth blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8403 10-in. 6/23/1923 Jazzin' babies' blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8475 10-in. 10/25/1923 Buddy's habit King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8476 10-in. Oct. 1923 Tears King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8477 10-in. Oct. 1923 I ain't gonna tell nobody King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8478 10-in. Oct. 1923 Room rent blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8484 10-in. Oct. 1923 Riverside blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8485 10-in. Oct. 1923 Sweet baby doll King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8486 10-in. Oct. 1923 Working man blues King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 8487 10-in. Oct. 1923 Mabel's dream King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8964 10-in. Feb. 1925 Morning dove blues Joe Oliver ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 8965 10-in. Feb. 1925 Devil dance blues Joe Oliver ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9491 10-in. 11/14/1925 Sugar foot stomp Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 9733 10-in. 6/17/1926 Snag it Al Turk's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-72816 10-in. 9/12/1924 Kiss me sweet Butterbeans & Susie ; Joe Oliver ; Clarence Williams Female-male vocal duet, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh S-72817 10-in. 9/12/1924 Construction gang Butterbeans & Susie ; Joe Oliver ; Clarence Williams Female-male vocal duet, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W400818 10-in. 6/23/1928 Lazy mama Clarence Williams Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W400819 10-in. 6/23/1928 Mountain City blues Clarence Williams Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W400824 10-in. 6/26/1928 Easy spring blues May Kelly Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W400825 10-in. 6/26/1928 Fisherman blues May Kelly Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W400828 10-in. 6/26/1928 Empty bed blues Elizabeth Johnson Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W400829 10-in. 6/26/1928 Empty bed blues Elizabeth Johnson Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W400967 10-in. 6/28/1928 West End blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo composer  
OKeh W401083 10-in. 8/29/1928 West End blues Hazel Smith Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano composer, instrumentalist, electric organ  
OKeh W401084 10-in. 8/29/1928 Get up off your knees Hazel Smith Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, electric organ  
OKeh W401114 10-in. 9/12/1928 My handy man Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W401115 10-in. 9/12/1928 Organ grinder blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W401346 10-in. 11/20/1928 Tell me woman blues Texas Alexander Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W401347 10-in. 11/20/1928 'Frisco train blues Texas Alexander Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W401390 10-in. 11/23/1928 In the bottle blues Clarence Williams’ Novelty Four Jazz/ dance quartet, with male vocal solo songwriter, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W401391 10-in. 11/23/1928 What ya want me to do? Clarence Williams’ Novelty Four Jazz/dance quartet, with male vocal solo songwriter, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W401466 10-in. 12/19/1928 Watchin' the clock Clarence Williams Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W401842 10-in. 5/1/1929 Jet black blues Blind Willie Dunn ; Gin Bottle Four Jazz dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W401843 10-in. 5/1/1929 Blue blood blues Blind Willie Dunn ; Gin Bottle Four Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Brunswick C530 10-in. 7/23/1926 Some day, sweetheart Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C531 10-in. 7/23/1926 Messin’ around Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C4470 10-in. 4/30/1930 Snag it Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick C4472 10-in. 5/1/1930 Snag it Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick C195-C196 10-in. 4/21/1926 Deep Henderson Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C225-C227 10-in. 4/23/1926 Jackass blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Brunswick C369-C370 10-in. 5/29/1926 Sugar foot stomp Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C371-C372 10-in. 5/29/1926 Wa wa wa Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C373-C374 10-in. 5/29/1926 The hobo’s prayer Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C532-C533 10-in. 7/23/1926 Tack Annie Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C656-C657 10-in. 9/17/1926 Someday sweetheart Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C658-C659 10-in. 9/17/1926 Dead man blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C660-C661 10-in. 9/17/1926 New wang wang blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C662-C663 10-in. 9/17/1926 Snag it Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C800-C802 10-in. 4/22/1927 Doctor Jazz Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C803-C805 10-in. 4/22/1927 Showboat shuffle Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C806-C807 10-in. 4/22/1927 Every tub Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C808-C809 10-in. 4/22/1927 Willie, the weeper Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C834-C836 10-in. 4/27/1927 Black snake blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27684 10-in. 6/11/1928 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27685 10-in. 6/11/1928 West End blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick E27686 10-in. 6/11/1928 Sweet Emmalina Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27687 10-in. 6/11/1928 Lazy mama Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28055 10-in. 8/13/1928 Got everything (Don't want anything but you) Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E28056 10-in. 8/13/1928 Four or five times Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E28185 10-in. 9/10/1928 Speakeasy blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band arranger, leader, composer  
Brunswick E28186 10-in. 9/10/1928 Aunt Hagar’s blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band arranger, leader  
Brunswick E28203 10-in. 9/12/1928 I’m watching the clock Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick E28204 10-in. 9/12/1928 Janitor Sam Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick E28757 10-in. 11/14/1928 Slow and steady Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band arranger, leader, songwriter  
Brunswick E6806-E6807 10-in. 11/18/1927 Farewell blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E23879-E23880 10-in. 7/8/1927 Aunt Jemina Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Edison 19326 10-in. 7/30/1929 West End blues Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison N-1050 10-in. 7/31/1929 West End blues Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Decca C 226 (E 2914) 10-in. 4/23/1926 Jackass blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Decca C 533 (E 3556) 10-in. 7/23/1926 Tack Annie Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Decca C 657 (E 3843/E 20252) 10-in. 9/17/1926 Someday sweetheart Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Decca C 659 (E 3845/E 20254) 10-in. 9/17/1926 Dead man blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Vocalion E2632-E2633 10-in. 3/11/1926 Too bad King Oliver's Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E2634-E2635 10-in. 3/11/1926 Snag it King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Vocalion E6212-E6214 10-in. 7/15/1927 Doctor Jazz Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, arranger, composer  
Vocalion E6655-E6657 10-in. 10/13/1927 Sobbin’ blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6658-E6660 10-in. 10/13/1927 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6667-E6668 10-in. 10/14/1927 Aunt Hagar’s blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6669-E6670 10-in. 10/14/1927 Farewell blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion [E6669-E6670a] 10/14/1927 Stack O’Lee blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6808-E6809 10-in. 11/18/1927 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6810-E6811 10-in. 11/18/1927 Sobbin’ blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E7172-E7173 10-in. 2/25/1928 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E7174-E7175 10-in. 2/25/1928 Aunt Hagar’s blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E7184-E7185 10-in. 3/3/1928 Who threw that rug Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Vocalion E7186-E7187 10-in. 3/3/1928 Crab house blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

Oliver, King. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

"Oliver, King." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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