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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 26-50 of 149 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 149 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

Oliver, King. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

"Oliver, King." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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