Edgar Sampson

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 Englewood

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, arranger, leader, composer, violin, clarinet, songwriter, saxophone

Recordings

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, violin, alto saxophone  
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, violin, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-51299 10-in. 5/8/1929 Hot bones and rice Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-53600 10-in. 5/8/1929 Mo'lasses Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin, alto saxophone  
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 composer, arranger  
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  
Gramophone 0EA6383 10-in. 8/21/1938 Don't try your jive on me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and organ solo songwriter  
Decca 38548 10-in. 9/5/1934 Give me a heart to sing to Ethel Waters instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin  
Decca 38549 10-in. 9/5/1934 I ain't gonna sin no more Ethel Waters instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin  
Decca 38550 10-in. 9/5/1934 Trade mark Ethel Waters instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin  
Decca 38551 10-in. 9/5/1934 You're going to leave the old home, Jim-1 Ethel Waters instrumentalist, alto saxophone, violin  
Decca 38593 10-in. 9/10/1934 That rhythm man Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 38594 10-in. 9/10/1934 On the sunny side of the street Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 38595 10-in. 9/10/1934 Lona-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca 38596 10-in. 9/10/1934 Blue minor-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca 39138 10-in. 11/19/1934 It's over because we're through Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 39140 10-in. 11/19/1934 Don't be that way Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 39141 10-in. 11/19/1934 What a shuffle-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca 39142 10-in. 11/19/1934 Blue Lou Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 39614 10-in. 6/12/1935 I'll chase the blues away Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 39615 10-in. 6/12/1935 Down home rag-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 39616 10-in. 6/12/1935 Are you here to stay? Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 39617 10-in. 6/12/1935 Love and kisses Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 60054 10-in. 10/12/1935 Rhythm and romance Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 60055 10-in. 10/12/1935 Moonlight and magnolias Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 60056 10-in. 10/12/1935 I'll chase the blues away Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 60057 10-in. 10/12/1935 I may be wrong (but, I think you're wonderful) Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 60058 10-in. 10/12/1935 Facts and figures Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 60229 10-in. 12/13/1935 You took advantage of me Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60230 10-in. 12/13/1935 Chicken and waffles Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60231 10-in. 12/13/1935 I'm coming Virginia Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60232 10-in. 12/13/1935 Blues Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60999 10-in. 4/7/1936 Love, you're just a laugh Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61000 10-in. 4/7/1936 Cryin' my heart out for you Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61001 10-in. 4/7/1936 under the spell of the blues Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61002 10-in. 4/7/1936 When I get low I get high Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61123 10-in. 6/2/1936 Go Harlem-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger  
Decca 61124 10-in. 6/2/1936 Sing me a swing song (and let me dance) Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61125 10-in. 6/2/1936 A little bit later on Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61126 10-in. 6/2/1936 Love, you're just a laugh Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61127 10-in. 6/2/1936 Devoting my time to you Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85164 9/3/1953 Jasmine Eddie Heywood Orchestra leader  
Decca 85165 9/3/1953 The moon was yellow Eddie Heywood Orchestra leader  
Decca 85166 9/3/1953 You too, you too? Eddie Heywood Orchestra leader  
Decca 85167 9/3/1953 The Continental Eddie Heywood Orchestra leader  
Decca 89022 August 1955 Don't be that way-4 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra arranger  
Decca 89026 August 1955 Stompin' at the Savoy-4 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra arranger  
Decca 89585R 4/4/1956 The sweetness of you Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89688 4/2/1956 Stompin' at the savoy Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89689 4/2/1956 I'll be back for more Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89690 4/2/1956 Blue Lou Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89691 4/2/1956 [Unknown title(s)] Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89692 4/3/1956 Lullaby in rhythm Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89693 4/3/1956 Don't be that way Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89694 4/3/1956 Hoopdee whodee Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89695 4/3/1956 If dreams come true Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89696 4/4/1956 Light and sweet Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89697 4/4/1956 The blues made me feel this way Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89698 4/4/1956 Cool and groovy Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca 89699 4/4/1956 Happy and satisfied Edgar Sampson Orchestra arranger, leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sampson, Edgar," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107270.

Sampson, Edgar. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107270.

"Sampson, Edgar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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