Edgar Melvin Sampson (October 31, 1907 – January 16, 1973), nicknamed "The Lamb", was an American jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist, and violinist. Born in New York City, he started playing violin at age six and picked up the saxophone in high school. He worked as an arranger and composer for many jazz bands in the 1930s and '40s, his most notable composition being "Stompin' at the Savoy".
Birth and Death Data: Born August 31st, 1907 (New York City), Died January 16th, 1973 (Englewood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, arranger, leader, composer, violin, clarinet, songwriter, saxophone
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 79 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-47530||10-in.||9/19/1928||Gettin' away from me||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin|
|Victor||BVE-47531||10-in.||9/19/1928||The boy in the boat||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||BVE-47532||10-in.||9/19/1928||Walk that thing||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||BVE-51298||10-in.||5/8/1929||Harlem drag||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin|
|Victor||BVE-51299||10-in.||5/8/1929||Hot bones and rice||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin|
|Victor||BVE-53600||10-in.||5/8/1929||Mo'lasses||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin|
|Victor||BS-74822||10-in.||12/8/1932||I hate to leave you now||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with trumpet solo and male vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-96568||10-in.||1/24/1936||Stompin' at the Savoy||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-101590||10-in.||5/11/1936||Stompin' at the Savoy||Chicago Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-03514||10-in.||12/2/1936||Stompin' at the Savoy||Benny Goodman Quartet||Jazz/dance quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-010569||10-in.||6/14/1937||Blues in disguise||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-010570||10-in.||6/14/1937||That is how I feel today||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-010571||10-in.||6/14/1937||Hot Club stomp||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-017454||10-in.||12/3/1937||If dreams come true||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-018338||10-in.||1/18/1938||Don't be that way||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-019042||10-in.||3/5/1938||Don't be that way||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-019831||10-in.||2/16/1938||Don't be that way||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||arranger, composer|
|Victor||BS-022415||10-in.||4/8/1938||Lullaby in rhythm||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-031445||10-in.||1/11/1939||Blue Lou||All Star Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-041971||10-in.||9/6/1939||Blue Lou||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W152686||10-in.||1/15/1934||When dreams come true||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W152735||10-in.||5/9/1934||Why should I beg for love||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152740||10-in.||5/18/1934||Stomping at the Savoy||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W152769||10-in.||7/6/1934||Blue minor||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W152771||10-in.||7/6/1934||Lonesome moments||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sampson, Edgar," accessed August 14, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107270.
Sampson, Edgar. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 14, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107270.
"Sampson, Edgar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 14 August 2020.
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