Edgar Wm. Battle
Edgar "Puddinghead" Battle (October 3, 1907, Atlanta, Georgia – February 6, 1977, New York City) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. He performed on trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and keyboard.
Battle was born into a musical family; his mother played guitar, and his father, bass and piano. He started out on trumpet, playing with J. Neal Montgomery and Harvey Quiggs as a teenager. He formed his own band, the Dixie Serenaders, in 1921, while he was a student at Morris Brown University, and changed the name to Dixie Ramblers a few years later. Around this time he also played with Eddie Heywood, Sr., and toured with the 101 Ranch traveling show. In the 1920s he worked with Gene Coy, Andy Kirk, Blanche Calloway, Ira Coffey, and Willie Bryant. He moved to New York City in the early 1930s and did short stints with Benny Carter and Sam Wooding before joining George White's ensemble on Broadway. Over time he began doing more work as a studio musician and arranger, writing charts for Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Rudy Vallee, and Count Basie.
During World War II Battle held a position as an electrician in a shipyard, concomitantly running a big band with Shirley Clay. In the 1950s he founded Cosmopolitan Records, and continued to play in big bands part-time through the 1960s. Among his numerous jazz compositions are the pieces "Topsy" (co-composed with Eddie Durham) and "Doggin' Around" (with Herschel Evans).
Birth and Death Data: Born October 3, 1907 (Atlanta), Died February 6, 1977 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, composer, songwriter, arranger
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-028943||10-in.||11/10/1938||Topsy||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-051524||10-in.||6/19/1940||Topsy-turvy||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Walter Fuller||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter, arranger|
|Victor||BS-053134||10-in.||6/13/1940||Be happy||Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Marion Hutton||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-055492||10-in.||3/26/1941||You mean so much to me||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Eddie Stone||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBS-061545||10-in.||8/20/1941||Yellow fire||Earl Hines Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-064808||10-in.||8/25/1941||You mean so much to me||Carmene Calhoun ; Skinnay Ennis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-074380||10-in.||5/27/1942||Strictly instrumental||Bob Chester Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
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