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 51-75 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 76434 5/31/1950 I love the guy Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76435 5/31/1950 Just say I love her Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76442 6/3/1950 Wagon wheels Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76443 6/3/1950 I can't give you anything but love Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76444 6/3/1950 I ain't got nobody Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76528 6/26/1950 La vie en rose Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76529 6/26/1950 C' est si bon Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76662 7/19/1950 Three little words Bill Darnell instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76663 7/19/1950 Pink champagne Bill Darnell instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76664 7/19/1950 Well, oh well Bill Darnell instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76669 7/19/1950 Don't worry 'bout me Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76670 7/9/1950 Blue again Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76671 7/19/1950 It's a long way to Tipperary Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76672 7/19/1950 Show me the way to go home Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76750 8/25/1950 Dream a little dream on me Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76751 8/25/1950 Can anyone explain Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76789 8/31/1950 Sit down you're rocking the boat Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 76790 8/31/1950 That's what the man said Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 80310 1/5/1951 On revival day-1 Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 80311 1/5/1951 Sending up my timber-1 Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 80312 1/5/1951 Don't miss that train Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 80313 1/5/1951 I heard my mother pray Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 80745 3/27/1951 Cheasapeake and Ohio Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 80746 3/27/1951 Little man in a flying saucer Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 80747 3/27/1951 Because of rain Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 51-75 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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