Charlie Teagarden

Charlie Teagarden (July 19, 1913 – December 10, 1984), known as 'Smokey Joe', was an American jazz trumpeter. He was the younger brother of Jack Teagarden. His nickname was Little T.

Born in Vernon, Texas, Teagarden worked locally in Oklahoma before he and Jack joined Ben Pollack's Orchestra in 1929. Pollack's recordings were Teagarden's first. He then worked with Red Nichols (1931) and Roger Wolfe Kahn (1932) before doing an extended run in Paul Whiteman's orchestra (1933–40). In 1936 he, Jack, and Frankie Trumbauer played together in the ensemble The Three T's.

Teagarden played in his brother's big band in 1940, but soon branched off to lead his own ensembles. He played with Jimmy Dorsey in 1948-50 and Bob Crosby from 1954–58, as well as working with Pete Fountain in the 1960s. He worked steadily in Las Vegas after 1959. His only release as a leader was issued in 1962 on Coral Records. At the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival, he performed with Jack, sister Norma, and mother Helen. Teagarden went into semi-retirement in the 1970s.

Teagarden died on December 10, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Charlie Teagarden among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 19th, 1913 (Vernon), Died December 10th, 1984 (Las Vegas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1965

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 178 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-99447 10-in. 3/10/1936 I'se a muggin' Teagarden Boys ; Trumbauer Swing Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-99448 10-in. 3/10/1936 I'se a muggin' Teagarden Boys ; Trumbauer Swing Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-06546 10-in. 3/26/1937 Shall we dance Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-06547 10-in. 3/26/1937 For you Allan Holt ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor CS-06557 12-in. 3/28/1937 All points West Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor CS-06558 12-in. 3/28/1937 All points West Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, trumpet  
Columbia W149953 10-in. 1/31/1930 St. James' Infirmary Buddy Edwards ; Mills Merry Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Columbia W149954 10-in. 1/31/1930 When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you) Buddy Edwards ; Mills Merry Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403227 10-in. 11/4/1929 Same old moon (Same old June, but not the same old you) Virginia Willrich and her Texas Rangers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403228 10-in. 11/4/1929 Through (How can you say we're through?) Virginia Willrich and her Texas Rangers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64592 10-in. 10/21/1938 Cuban overture (Gershwin), part 1-1 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64593 10-in. 10/21/1938 Cuban overture, part 2-1 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64594 10-in. 10/21/1938 Cuban overture, part 3-1 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64595 12-in. 10/21/1938 An American in Paris, part 1 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64596 10-in. 10/21/1938 An American in Paris, part 2 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64597 10-in. 10/21/1938 An American in Paris, part 3 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64598 10-in. 10/23/1938 Second rhapsody, part 1 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64599 10-in. 10/23/1938 Second rhapsody, part 2 Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64616 10-in. 9/9/1938 I'm coming Virginia Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64617 10-in. 9/9/1938 Jamboree Jones Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64618 10-in. 9/9/1938 Aunt Hagar's blues Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64619 10-in. 9/9/1938 I used to be color-blind Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64620 10-in. 9/9/1938 Sing a song of sixpence Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64621 10-in. 9/9/1938 Peelin' the peach Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64673 10-in. 9/20/1938 There's no place like your arms Paul Whiteman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 178 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Teagarden, Charlie," accessed August 6, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106767.

Teagarden, Charlie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106767.

"Teagarden, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 6 August 2020.

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