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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 76-100 of 149 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 of 149 records)

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

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