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|
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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