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 176-200 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 101154 12/12/1956 Mahogany Hall stomp Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101155 12/12/1956 When you're smiling Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101156 12/12/1956 Some of these days Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101157 12/12/1956 I surrender dear Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101158 12/12/1956 Georgia on my mind Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101159 12/12/1956 Exactly like you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101168 12/12/1956 High society-3 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101169 12/13/1956 Song of the islands Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101170 12/13/1956 That's my home Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101171 12/13/1956 Memories of you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101172 12/13/1956 Them there eyes Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101173 12/14/1956 This younger generation Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101174 12/14/1956 In pursuit of happiness Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101491 1/28/1957 (I'll be glad when you're dead) You rascal you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101492 1/28/1957 Hobo you can't ride this train Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101493 1/28/1957 Knockin' a jug Louis Armstrong Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101494 1/28/1957 Dear old Southland-1 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101495 1/28/1957 See see rider Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101496 1/28/1957 Reckless blues Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101497 1/28/1957 Trouble in mind Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101498 1/28/1957 Courthouse blues Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101499 1/29/1957 When did you leave heaven Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101500 1/29/1957 Fools rush in Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101501 1/29/1957 A sinner kissed an angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101502 1/29/1957 I married an angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 176-200 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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