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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 19, 1881 (New Orleans), Died April 10, 1938 (Savannah)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1939

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

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 160 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 143334 10-in. 1/20/1927 Snag it Dixie Stompers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W146194 10-in. 4/25/1928 Dipper mouth blues Johnnie Miller's New Orleans Frolickers 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 [W]149793 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, composer  
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. October 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  
(Results 51-75 of 160 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed May 26, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

Oliver, King. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 26, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

"Oliver, King." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 26 May 2022.

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

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