Skeets Tolbert

Campbell Aurelius "Skeets" Tolbert (February 14, 1909, Calhoun Falls, South Carolina - November 30, 2000, Houston, Texas) was an American jazz clarinetist, alto saxophonist, vocalist, composer and bandleader. He acquired the nickname "Skeets", which was short for "Mosquito." Tolbert grew up in Lincolntown, North Carolina, and studied at Johnson C. Smith University. Though Tolbert never had a standard to his credit, he composed and arranged a great number of tunes that would become hits for others, notably Nat King Cole. He has 42 tracks over two albums to his credit as well and more that he has credit for in part. Red Richards who played piano and sang with Tolbert's Gentlemen of Swing said of Tolbert that he "could play" and was an original, that he didn't copy Louis Jordan. Of the band he said they were a strong, good sounding band. Of the music he said they were a "nice style band" that could play for dancing.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 14th, 1909, Died November 30th, 2000 (Houston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1943

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-69343 10-in. 5/23/1931 Wabash blues Taylor's Dixie Serenaders Male vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Decca 65085 10-in. 3/1/1939 Skin 'em back Babe Hines ; Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65086 10-in. 3/1/1939 Get up Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65087 10-in. 3/1/1939 Bouncing in rhythm Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65088 10-in. 3/1/1939 I've lost my head over you Babe Hines ; Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65091 10-in. 3/1/1939 This is the end Babe Hines ; Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65923 10-in. 7/5/1939 The stuff 's out Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65924 10-in. 7/5/1939 Railroad blues Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65925 10-in. 7/5/1939 I'm blowin' my top Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65926 10-in. 7/5/1939 Fine piece of meat Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65927 10-in. 7/5/1939 Swing out Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67101 10-in. 1/24/1940 Gimme something like that Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67102 10-in. 1/24/1940 Hole holy roly - poly Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67103 10-in. 1/24/1940 Raz-ma-taz Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67104 10-in. 1/24/1940 Harlem ain't what it usta be Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67296 10-in. 3/12/1940 Papa's in bed with his britches on-1 Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67297 10-in. 3/12/1940 W.P.A. -1 Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67298 10-in. 3/12/1940 I can't go for you Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 67299 10-in. 3/12/1940 Jumpin' Jack Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 68191 10-in. 10/2/1940 Sammy's chopping block Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 68192 10-in. 10/2/1940 Jumpin's like mad Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 68193 10-in. 10/2/1940 Sugar boogie Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 68194 10-in. 10/2/1940 I'll make it worth your while Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 68514 10-in. 12/17/1940 Those clraftin' blues Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 68515 10-in. 12/17/1940 Hit that jive, Jack Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tolbert, Skeets," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108484.

Tolbert, Skeets. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108484.

"Tolbert, Skeets." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108484

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