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 226-247 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 104555 12/12/1956 When you're smiling-1 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 107860 8/29/1949 Them there eyes Billie Holiday instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 112951 1/9/1963 Baby workout Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 112952 1/9/1963 I'm going crazy Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 112953 1/9/1963 Count down Dick Jacobs Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 112954 1/9/1963 Dance back to me (Hey, hey, hey, hey) Dick Jacobs Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114716 3/26/1964 Twisting & shoutin' (Doing the monkey) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114717 3/26/1964 Deep down love Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114718 3/26/1964 Baby (I just can't help it) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114719 3/26/1964 Groovin' Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114720 3/26/1964 Love (is where you find it) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114721 3/26/1964 Squeeze her-Tease her (But love her) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114728 3/27/1964 Big boss line Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114729 3/27/1964 My best friend's girl Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114730 3/27/1964 Take one step Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 119428 11/1/1967 The happy time Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 119429 11/1/1967 I believe Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 119430 11/1/1967 The gypsy in my soul Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 119431 11/1/1967 That's my desire Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 120103 3/26/1968 Sunrise, sunset Louis Armstrong All-Stars instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 120104 3/26/1968 I will wait for you Louis Armstrong All-Stars instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 120105 3/26/1968 Talk to the animals Louis Armstrong All-Stars instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 226-247 of 247 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barksdale, Everett," accessed April 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.

Barksdale, Everett. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.

"Barksdale, Everett." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378

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