Everett Barksdale

Everett Barksdale (April 28, 1910 – January 29, 1986) was an American jazz guitarist and session musician.

He played bass and banjo before settling on guitar. In the 1930s Barksdale moved to Chicago, where he was in Erskine Tate's band. He recorded for the first time with violinist Eddie South in 1931, and he remained with South until 1939. He moved to New York City and became a member of the Benny Carter big band. Around the same time, he recorded with Sidney Bechet. During the 1940s, he worked for CBS as a session musician.

As a sideman, Barksdale played guitar in many genres. He worked with vocalists Dean Barlow, Maxine Sullivan, the Blenders, and the Clovers. He played on the hit "Love Is Strange" by Mickey & Sylvia and was music director for the Ink Spots.

Beginning in 1949, he worked with pianist Art Tatum until Tatum died in 1956. During the 1950s and '60s, he was a member of the house band at ABC.

He played on recordings by Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan. Among his other jazz associations are Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Clark Terry, and Louis Armstrong. He also played guitar in the studio for pop and soul musicians such as The Drifters (including on "Under the Boardwalk" and "Saturday Night at the Movies") and Ben E. King.

Barksdale retired from active performance in the 1970s and moved to California. He died there in 1986.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 28th, 1910 (Detroit), Died January 29th, 1986 (Inglewood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, banjo, vocalist, string bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-67558 10-in. 9/27/1931 Se va la vida Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-67559 10-in. 9/27/1931 Mama, yo quiero un novio Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-75495 10-in. 5/3/1933 Old Man Harlem Eddie South International Orchestra ; Wilton Hinton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-75496 10-in. 5/3/1933 No more blues Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-75497 10-in. 5/3/1933 Nagasaki Everett Barksdale ; Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-75862 10-in. 6/12/1933 My! Oh, my! Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-75863 10-in. 6/12/1933 Mamma mockingbird Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-75864 10-in. 6/12/1933 Gotta go! Everett Barksdale ; Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-057641 10-in. 11/13/1940 Walkin' by the river Una Mae Carlisle Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-057642 10-in. 11/13/1940 I met you then, I know you now Una Mae Carlisle Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-067791 10-in. 9/13/1941 I'm coming, Virginia Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-067792 10-in. 9/13/1941 Limehouse blues New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-067793 10-in. 9/13/1941 Georgia cabin Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, string bass, guitar  
Victor BS-067794 10-in. 9/13/1941 Texas moaner New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-068114 10-in. 10/24/1941 Rose room Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-068115 10-in. 10/24/1941 Oh! Lady be good! Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-068116 10-in. 10/24/1941 What is this thing called love Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 68284 10-in. 10/23/1940 By the watermelon vine, Lindy Lou Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 68285 10-in. 10/23/1940 The last kiss you gave me Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 68286 10-in. 10/23/1940 Boogie woogie sugar blues Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 68287 10-in. 10/23/1940 I've been in love before Benny Carter Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 75203 8/29/1949 Keeps on rainin' Billie Holiday instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 75204 8/29/1949 Them there eyes Billie Holiday instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 75221 9/1/1949 Maybe it's because Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 75222 9/1/1949 I'll keep the lovelight burning Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 247 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barksdale, Everett," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.

Barksdale, Everett. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.

"Barksdale, Everett." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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