Teddy Powell (March 1, 1905 – November 17, 1993) was born in Oakland, CA as Teodoro Paolella, and became a respected jazz musician, band leader, composer, and arranger. Some of his compositions were written under the pseudonym Freddy James.
Powell began playing violin when he was eight and picked up the banjo when he was fourteen. During the late 1920s to the early 1930s, he was a member of the Abe Lyman orchestra, taking on the additional tasks of gathering radio bands. He formed the Teddy Powell Orchestra in 1938 and it performed through the 1940s. Powell's sidemen included Tony Aless, Gus Bivona, Pete Candoli, Irving Fazola, and Charlie Ventura, but his best sideman left for better paying work.
After the band folded, Powell wrote music and arrangements. He had hits with "Bewildered" and "If My Heart Could Only Talk". During the latter part of his career, he worked in music publishing.
His Teddy Powell's Lounge on Broad Street in Newark NJ was a hopping and notable club in the early 1950s where black artists received a better welcome than in New York City. After closing his club, Powell became a manager of musical and other night club acts. Powell died on November 17, 1993 in New York City.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 1, 1905 (Oakland), Died November 17, 1993 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: director, songwriter, leader, composer, arranger
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 129 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-80227||10-in.||2/5/1934||I can't go on like this||Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-81368||10-in.||2/7/1934||I can't go on like this||Tal Henry ; North Carolinians ; Taz Wolter||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-81704||10-in.||2/14/1934||I can't go on like this||Biltmore Trio||Male vocal trio, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||BS-86407||10-in.||12/7/1934||Drifting along on Dreamy River||Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-92585||10-in.||7/9/1935||I couldn't believe my eyes||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-95083||10-in.||9/27/1935||Take me back to my boots and saddle||Jimmy Ray Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-95141||10-in.||9/26/1935||Take me back to my boots and saddle||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-95688||10-in.||10/31/1935||Take me back to my boots and saddle||Carroll Hollister ; John Charles Thomas||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-96269||10-in.||11/4/1935||Take me back to my boots and saddle||The Girls of the Golden West||Female vocal duet, with guitar||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99545||10-in.||2/6/1936||Sundown in Peaceful Valley||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99903||10-in.||3/19/1936||Blazin' the trail (To my home)||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-0218||10-in.||8/20/1936||Cottage by the moon||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03899||10-in.||1/7/1937||If my heart could only talk||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-04536||10-in.||1/30/1937||If my heart could only talk||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06418||10-in.||3/18/1937||Spring cleaning||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06856||10-in.||4/8/1937||Spring cleaning||Ted Mack Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-010173||10-in.||5/14/1937||Heaven help this heart of mine||Buddy Clark ; Eddy Duchin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-010598||10-in.||6/18/1937||The lady from Fifth Avenue||Ruth Bradley ; Bunny Berigan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-011140||10-in.||7/2/1937||Heaven help this heart of mine||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-011830||10-in.||8/2/1937||The lady from Fifth Avenue||Hod Williams Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-013508||10-in.||9/9/1937||Tears in my heart||Shirley Brown ; Willie Farmer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-013523||10-in.||9/11/1937||Tears in my heart||Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-014686||10-in.||10/15/1937||Snake charmer||Jerry Blaine ; Stream Line Rhythm||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-015529||10-in.||10/21/1937||Sailing home||Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-017083||10-in.||11/19/1937||Rollin' plains||Jimmy Ray ; Southern Serenaders Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Powell, Teddy," accessed December 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106247.
Powell, Teddy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106247.
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