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 201-225 of 247 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 101503 1/29/1957 You're a heavenly thing Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 101504 1/29/1957 Angel child Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 102617 12/12/1956 Georgia on my mind-2 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 102618 12/11/1956 On the sunny side of the street-1 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 102623 1/28/1957 Dear old Southland-1, 2 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104262 2/6/1958 Shadrack Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104263 2/6/1958 Didn't it rain Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104264 2/6/1958 On my way Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104265 2/6/1958 Rock my soul Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104266 2/7/1958 Swing low sweet chariot Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104267 2/7/1958 Go down Moses Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104268 2/7/1958 Ezekiel saw 'de wheel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104269 2/7/1958 Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104310 2/3/1958 Night ride The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104311 2/3/1958 Flip flap The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104312 2/3/1958 Big 'n bad The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104313 2/3/1958 Gosah The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104314 2/4/1958 The king The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104315 2/4/1958 Shufflin' The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104316 2/4/1958 Street with a beat The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104317 2/4/1958 All tore up The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104318 2/5/1958 Night flight The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104319 2/5/1958 Deep down and low The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104320 2/5/1958 Nine o'clock hop The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 104321 2/5/1958 Homework The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 201-225 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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