George Barnes

George Warren Barnes (July 17, 1921 – September 5, 1977) was an American swing jazz guitarist who played the first electric guitar in 1931. He made the first commercial recording of an electric guitar on March 1, 1938, in sessions with Big Bill Broonzy.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 17, 1921 (Illinois), Died September 5, 1977 (Concord)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: electric guitar, guitar

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 263 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-020156 10-in. 3/14/1938 Just like Jesse James Jazz Gillum Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor BS-020157 10-in. 3/14/1938 Reefer head woman Jazz Gillum Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor BS-020158 10-in. 3/14/1938 Gillum's windy blues Jazz Gillum Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor BS-020159 10-in. 3/14/1938 New "Sail on little girl" Jazz Gillum Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor BS-020160 10-in. 3/14/1938 Sweet, sweet woman Jazz Gillum Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor BS-020161 10-in. 3/14/1938 Boar hog blues Jazz Gillum Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-0780 10-in. 8/11/1947 Ain'tcha tired of makin' me blue Chet Atkins ; Colorado Mountain Boys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D7VB-0782 10-in. 8/11/1947 Canned heat Chet Atkins ; Colorado Mountain Boys String band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D7VB-0783 10-in. 8/11/1947 Standing room only Chet Atkins ; Colorado Mountain Boys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D7VB-0785 10-in. 8/11/1947 Bug dance Chet Atkins ; Colorado Mountain Boys String band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D7VB-0786 10-in. 8/11/1947 (I know my baby loves me) in her own peculiar way Chet Atkins ; Colorado Mountain Boys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-2035 10-in. 12/12/1949 I've got my tears in my ears (from lyin' on my back in my bed while I cry over you) Homer and Jethro Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 80461 1/25/1951 Beautiful madness Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 80462 1/25/1951 Chapel of the roses Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 80463 1/25/1951 I've got to pass your house Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 80464 1/25/1951 The thrill is gone-1 Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 81234 6/17/1951 State Street boogie George Barnes instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 81235 6/17/1951 Clarinet polka George Barnes instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 81236 6/17/1951 Hot guitar polka George Barnes instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 81237 6/17/1951 Dawn at midnight George Barnes instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82044 12/27/1951 Tiger rag George Barnes instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82101 1/10/1952 Silver and gold Alan Dale instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82102 1/10/1952 Broken hearted Alan Dale instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82419 3/7/1952 Plink, plank, plunk George Barnes instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82420 3/7/1952 Tin whistle blues George Barnes instrumentalist, electric guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 263 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barnes, George," accessed January 28, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104930.

Barnes, George. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 28, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104930.

"Barnes, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 28 January 2023.

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