Heinie Beau

Heinie Beau (March 8, 1911, Mount Calvary, Wisconsin – April 18, 1987, Burbank, California) was an American jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist and clarinetist, most notable for his swing clarinet work and recordings done with Tommy Dorsey, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Red Nichols. Living in Hollywood, California, Beau worked as an arranger and musician on television, radio and recordings, including contributing classic charts to Sinatra's Capitol repertoire. Beau wrote the big band arrangement of Lean Baby, the first single Sinatra recorded for Capitol in 1953. Beau had also recorded extensively in Europe, touring areas such as London.

Beau came from a musical family – both parents and all eight siblings played various instruments. At the age of 15, while still in high school, he joined the family dance band, the Wally Beau Orchestra, which played at numerous venues in the Midwest during the 1930s and 1940s. Beau's brothers Wally and Harvey, along with sister Marie, were part of the group, along with other musicians such as Rollie Culver.

His work can be heard on an early Ella Fitzgerald recording of Would You Like to Take a Walk?, along with Dave Barbour and his Orchestra, on Decca from 1951. In 1959, he recorded Moviesville Jazz for Coral. Beau arranged and conducted for composer Wayne Shanklin on the 1959 hit The Big Hurt for Toni Fisher on Signet Records, arranged and conducted on Fisher's Signet LP, and released an English version of Marguerite Monot's famous Milord as Your Royal Majesty.

He ghost-arranged for Axel Stordahl and Billy May on Frank Sinatra recordings.

In 1980, he and his wife, Grace, formed their own label, Henri Records, and recorded three albums entitled Hollywood Jazz Quartet in 1980, Blues for Two with Eddie Miller in 1982 and Midnight Clarinet with Bob Havens in 1984.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 8th, 1911, Died April 19th, 1987

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: saxophone, alto saxophone, arranger, clarinet, flute

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-055108 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swing time up in Harlem Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-055109 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swing high Ziggy Elman ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with trumpet soloist instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-055110 10-in. 10/16/1940 Do you know why Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-055111 10-in. 10/16/1940 Isn't that just like love Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-055112 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swanee River Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067652 10-in. 8/19/1941 Violets for your furs Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067653 10-in. 8/19/1941 The sunshine of your smile Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067932 10-in. 9/26/1941 The skunk song Chuck Peterson ; The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, mixed vocal ensemble, and speaker instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067933 10-in. 9/26/1941 The skunk song Chuck Peterson ; The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, mixed vocal ensemble, and speaker instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067934 10-in. 9/26/1941 Somebody loves me The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067935 10-in. 9/26/1941 Love sends a little gift of roses Ken Curtis ; The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067936 10-in. 9/26/1941 It isn't a dream any more Jo Stafford ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067937 10-in. 9/26/1941 Embraceable you The Pied Pipers ; Jo Stafford ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca L 6526 11/23/1951 Necessary evil Louis Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca L 6527 11/23/1951 Oops! Louis Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca L 6528 11/23/1951 Would you like to take a walk Louis Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca L 6529 11/23/1951 Who walks in (when I walk out) Louis Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca L 11033 6/24/1958 The three heads of Adam Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca L 11034 6/24/1958 The house on Olvera Street Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca L 11035 6/24/1958 The Gina pastrami cha cha cha Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca L 11036 6/24/1958 Moonset Boulevard Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca L 11037 6/24/1958 The five and a half gallon hat story Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca L 11038 6/24/1958 Gullible travels Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca L 11039 6/30/1958 In your private eye Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca L 11040 6/30/1958 The tattooed street car named baby Heinie Beau Jazz Stars instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, arranger  
(Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Beau, Heinie," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107089.

Beau, Heinie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107089.

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