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 126-150 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82320 2/25/1952 Nowhere guy Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82321 2/25/1952 Gee but I'm glad to know you love me Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82322 2/25/1952 Goody goody Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83008 6/26/1952 Angel eyes Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83009 6/26/1952 Ding dong boogie-1 Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83010 6/26/1952 You'll have to swing it, part 1 Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83011 6/26/1952 You'll have to swing it, part 2 Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83012 6/26/1952 Early Autumn Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83013 6/26/1952 The girls are marching Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83301 8/25/1952 I laughed at love Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83302 8/25/1952 Takes two to tango Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83951 2/13/1953 Careless Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83952 2/13/1953 Blue Lou Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 83953 2/13/1953 I wonder what kind of guy you'd be Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84356 4/21/1953 April in Portugal Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84357 4/21/1953 Ramona Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 85590 12/23/1953 Empty ballroom Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 85591 12/23/1953 If you don't, I know who will Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 85592 12/23/1953 Melancholy me Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 85593 12/23/1953 Somebody bad stole de wedding bell Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 85816 2/2/1954 Fernandez of the Andes Pearl Bailey instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 85817 2/2/1954 He's gone Pearl Bailey instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86366 6/4/1954 Later Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86367 6/4/1954 Lullaby of Birdland Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86626 8/4/1954 Go ahead Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 126-150 of 247 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378

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