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 101-125 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 81360 8/6/1951 The day isn't long enough Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81394 8/14/1951 untitled original Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81395 8/14/1951 Kissing bug boogie Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81396 8/14/1951 Slick chick on the sly Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81634 9/27/1951 Because of you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81635 9/27/1951 Cold cold heart Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81684 10/15/1951 Rumania-Rumania Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81685 10/15/1951 House party Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 81686 10/15/1951 On the trail Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82005 12/19/1951 Somebody stole my darling Connie Boswell instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82006 12/19/1951 I know what it means to be lonesome Connie Boswell instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82007 12/19/1951 Begin the beguine Connie Boswell instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82008 12/19/1951 Believe it beloved Connie Boswell instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82132 1/16/1952 Am I to blame Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82133 1/16/1952 I hear a rhapsody Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82134 1/16/1952 Wheels of fortune Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82135 1/16/1952 Till the stars fall in the ocean Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82166 1/21/1952 on my way (Got my travelin' shoes) Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82167 1/21/1952 The blacksmith blues Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82168 1/21/1952 Any time Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82262 2/7/1952 That's how it goes Ace Harris instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82263 2/7/1952 Sentimental tears Ace Harris instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82264 2/7/1952 Two wrongs never make a right Ace Harris instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82265 2/7/1952 One for my baby (and one more for the road) Ace Harris instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82319 2/25/1952 A guy is a guy Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 101-125 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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