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 17th, 1921 (Illinois), Died September 5th, 1977 (Concord)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: electric guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 258 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 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-1 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  
Decca 82426 3/11/1952 I never loved anyone but you-1 Trudy Richards instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82732 4/23/1952 I waited a little too long Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Trudy Richards instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82733 4/23/1952 I may hate myself in the morning Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Trudy Richards instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 82734 4/23/1952 Trav'lin' (All alone)-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca 83019 6/30/1952 Great July Jones Gil Huston instrumentalist, electric guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 258 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barnes, George," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104930.

Barnes, George. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104930.

"Barnes, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104930

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