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 76-100 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 80748 3/27/1951 The hot canary Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81075 5/24/1951 Even as you and I Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81076 5/24/1951 If you really love me Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81077 5/24/1951 Love you madly Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81109 6/1/1951 Tonight you belong to me Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81110 6/1/1951 These things I offer you Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81130 6/5/1951 On the battlefield Vivian Cooper ; Ernie Gladney ; Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81131 6/5/1951 I'll fly away Ernie Gladney ; Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81132 6/5/1951 Every day, every hour Vivian Cooper ; Ernie Gladney ; Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81133 6/5/1951 My expectations Vivian Cooper ; Ernie Gladney ; Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81214 6/26/1951 Mixed emotions Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81215 6/26/1951 Smooth sailing Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81216 6/26/1951 Come on a-my house Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81281 7/13/1951 Castle rock Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81282 7/13/1951 Aboard the sentimental train Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81287 7/18/1951 I don't want to make a change Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81288 7/18/1951 There never was a baby like my baby Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81289 7/18/1951 Give a little, get a little Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81326 8/1/1951 At the end of a day Bill Kenny ; The Song Spinners instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81327 8/1/1951 I see God Bill Kenny ; The Song Spinners instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81341 8/6/1951 Cherokee boogie Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81342 8/6/1951 Hobo boogie Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81357 8/6/1951 Lemme go Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81358 8/6/1951 Dreamy melody Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81359 8/6/1951 I got it bad Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 76-100 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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