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Pee Wee Hunt

Walter Gerhardt "Pee Wee" Hunt (May 10, 1907 – June 22, 1979) was an American jazz trombonist, vocalist, and bandleader. Hunt was born in Mount Healthy, Ohio. He developed a musical interest at an early age, as his mother, Sadie, played the banjo and his father, Edgar C., played violin. He had a younger sister, Marian, and younger brother, Raymond. The teenage Hunt was a banjoist with a local band while he was attending college at Ohio State University where he majored in Electrical Engineering, and during his college years he switched from banjo to trombone. He graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He joined Jean Goldkette's Orchestra in 1928.

Pee Wee Hunt was the co-founder and featured trombonist with the Casa Loma Orchestra, but he left the group in 1943 to work as a Hollywood radio disc jockey before joining the Merchant Marine near the end of World War II. He returned to the West Coast music scene in 1946. His "Twelfth Street Rag" was a three million-selling, number one hit in September 1948. He was satirized as Pee Wee Runt and his All-Flea Dixieland Band in Tex Avery's animated MGM cartoon Dixieland Droopy (1954). His second major hit was "Oh!" (1953), his second million-selling disc, which reached number three in the Billboard chart.

At age 72, Hunt died after a long illness in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Hunt and his wife, Ruth, had a daughter, Holly, and a son, Lawrence.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 10th, 1907 (Mount Healthy), Died June 22nd, 1979 (Plymouth)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1943

Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone, vocalist

Recordings (Results 126-150 of 276 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 65012 10-in. 2/13/1939 Could be Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist  
Decca 65013 10-in. 2/13/1939 I won't believe it Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65015 10-in. 2/13/1939 This night (will be my souvenir) Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65017 10-in. 2/13/1939 Honolulu Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist  
Decca 65035 10-in. 2/17/1939 Sunrise serenade-1 Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65036 10-in. 2/17/1939 I promise you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65037 10-in. 2/17/1939 Heaven can wait Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65038 10-in. 2/14/1939 (Gotta get some) Shut-Eye Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist  
Decca 65044 10-in. 2/20/1939 Ay ay ay Casa Loma Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65045 10-in. 2/20/1939 Rockin' chair-1 Louis Armstrong ; Casa Loma Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist  
Decca 65046 10-in. 2/20/1939 Lazybones Louis Armstrong ; Casa Loma Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist  
Decca 65063 10-in. 2/25/1939 Washboard blues Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65064 10-in. 2/25/1939 Little old lady Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65065 10-in. 2/25/1939 Lazy river Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65066 10-in. 2/25/1939 Moon country Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65180 10-in. 3/15/1939 Star dust Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65181 10-in. 3/15/1939 One morning in May Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65182 10-in. 3/15/1939 In the still of the night Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65183 10-in. 3/15/1939 Georgia on my mind Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65263 10-in. 3/24/1939 You grow sweeter as the years go by Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65264 10-in. 3/24/1939 If I had my way Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 65265 10-in. 3/24/1939 Tears from my inkwell Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 66076 10-in. 8/13/1939 Prelude in C sharp minor (Rachmaninoff) Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 66077 10-in. 8/13/1939 Beautiful love Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 66078 10-in. 8/13/1939 Tumbling tumbleweeds Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 126-150 of 276 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hunt, Pee Wee," accessed January 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106359.

Hunt, Pee Wee. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106359.

"Hunt, Pee Wee." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106359

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