Buck Washington

Ford Lee "Buck" Washington (October 16, 1903, Louisville, Kentucky - January 31, 1955, New York City) was an American vaudeville performer, pianist, and singer. He was best known as half of the duo Buck and Bubbles with John W. Bubbles.

Washington and Bubbles (born John W. Sublett) first began working together in the 1910s, while Washington was in his teens. Bubbles was primarily a tap dancer while Washington sang and played piano behind him. By the late 1920s they were on Broadway, performing with Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, and Danny Kaye. They toured Europe in the 1930s and appeared on television and in films, including Calling All Stars (1937) and Cabin in the Sky (1942).

As a pianist, Washington also did sessions with jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong (1930), Bessie Smith (1933), and Coleman Hawkins (1934). He also played trumpet, though he only made home recordings on the instrument. He continued working with Bubbles until 1953, and in 1953-1954 worked with Timmie Rogers and Jonah Jones.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 16th, 1903 (Louisville), Died January 31st, 1955 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, leader, songwriter, speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Trial 1927-11-03-01] 10-in. 11/3/1927 The lullaby Buck and Bubbles Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W150946 10-in. 11/11/1930 You're lucky to me Buck and Bubbles Male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W150947 10-in. 11/11/1930 Wakin' up the folks downstairs Buck and Bubbles Male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W150948 10-in. 11/11/1930 Dance mad Buck and Bubbles Male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W152577 10-in. 11/24/1933 Do your duty Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152578 10-in. 11/24/1933 Gimme a pigfoot Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152579 10-in. 11/24/1933 Take me for a buggy ride Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152580 10-in. 11/24/1933 I'm down in the dumps Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152581 10-in. 12/6/1933 Rhythm for sale Buck and Bubbles ; Buckets Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W152582 10-in. 12/6/1933 He's long gone from Bowling Green Buck and Bubbles ; Buckets Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W152660 10-in. 12/26/1933 Rhythm for sale Buck and Bubbles Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W152661 10-in. 12/26/1933 Oh! Lady, be good Buck and Bubbles Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W265173 10-in. 3/8/1934 I ain't got nobody Coleman Hawkins ; Buck Washington instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W403895 10-in. 4/5/1930 Dear old Southland Louis Armstrong Trumpet solo, with piano and talk instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W403896 10-in. 4/5/1930 My sweet Louis Armstrong Jazz/ dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2161 10-in. 7/30/1928 A few minutes with Buck and Bubbles Buck and Bubbles Comic dialogue, with piano speaker  
Brunswick C2162 10-in. 7/30/1928 A few minutes with Buck and Bubbles Buck and Bubbles Comic dialogue, with piano speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Washington, Buck," accessed August 8, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106936.

Washington, Buck. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106936.

"Washington, Buck." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 8 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106936

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