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 151-175 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 86627 8/4/1954 He is everything to me Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86628 8/4/1954 Everytime I feel the spirit Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86629 8/4/1954 Look away in the heavenly land-1 Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86631 8/4/1954 When was Jesus born Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86632 8/4/1954 In Bethlehem-1 Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86633 8/4/1954 This ole house Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86634 8/5/1954 Serve the Lord Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86635 8/5/1954 I'm troubled Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86636 8/5/1954 I'll tell it wherever I go Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86637 8/5/1954 Stop now, it's praying time Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86638 8/5/1954 Trouble in mind Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86773 9/10/1954 Love me The Billy Williams Quartet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86774 9/10/1954 He follows she The Billy Williams Quartet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86775 9/10/1954 The honeydripper The Billy Williams Quartet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86776 9/10/1954 Fools rush in The Billy Williams Quartet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 89415 2/23/1956 Don't you weep, O Mary don't you weep Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 89416 2/23/1956 I've done wrong Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 89417 2/23/1956 I can hear the angels Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 89418 2/23/1956 Father prepare me Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101148 12/11/1956 If I could be with you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101149 12/11/1956 Lazy river Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101150 12/11/1956 I can't give you anything but love Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101151 12/11/1956 On the sunny side of the street (see master 102618 below) Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101152 12/11/1956 I can't believe that you're in love with me Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101153 12/11/1956 Body and soul Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 151-175 of 247 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barksdale, Everett," accessed April 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.

Barksdale, Everett. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106378.

"Barksdale, Everett." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 April 2021.

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

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