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 26-50 of 247 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||75241||9/8/1949||Do your duty||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75242||9/8/1949||Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75342||9/30/1949||You can't lose a broken heart-1||Louis Armstrong ; Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75343||9/30/1949||My sweet hunk o'trash-1||Louis Armstrong ; Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75344||9/30/1949||Now or never||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75584||12/12/1949||Nashville blues||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75585||12/12/1949||We'll build a bungalow||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75738||1/24/1950||Deep river||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75739||1/24/1950||Siesta at the fiesta||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75801||2/2/1950||Baby, won't you say you love me?||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75802||2/2/1950||Don'cha go 'way mad||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75936||3/6/1950||Solid as a rock||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75937||3/6/1950||I've got the world on a string||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75938||3/6/1950||Sugarfoot rag||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||75939||3/6/1950||Peas and rice||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76290||5/8/1950||Organ grinder's swing||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76291||5/8/1950||Four or five times||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76292||5/8/1950||T'ain't what you do||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76326||5/15/1950||By the river Ste Marie||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76327||5/15/1950||Ain't she sweet||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76328||5/15/1950||For dancers only||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76395||5/22/1950||By the river Ste Marie||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76396||5/22/1950||Cheatin' on me||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76397||5/22/1950||For dancers only||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||76398||5/22/1950||But she's my buddy's chick||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barksdale, Everett," accessed April 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.
Barksdale, Everett. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.
"Barksdale, Everett." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 April 2021.
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