Joe Bishop (November 27, 1907, Monticello, Arkansas - May 12, 1976, Houston, Texas) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer.
Bishop learned piano, trumpet, and tuba when young, and also played flugelhorn and mellophone. He attended Hendrix College, and played professionally with the Louisiana Ramblers in 1927, including in Mexico. He then played with Mart Britt, Al Katz, and Austin Wylie before joining Isham Jones's band for five years. He was a founding member of Woody Herman's band in the 1930s, but he contracted tuberculosis in 1940 and had to leave the group. He was rehired by Herman as a staff arranger later in the 1940s, and his arrangements and compositions were recorded frequently by Herman, appearing on some 50 of Herman's albums. As a performer, Bishop played with Cow Cow Davenport and Jimmy Gordon's Vip Vop Band, but retired from studio work due to his health in the 1950s. He quit music and opened a store in Saranac Lake, New York, and later retired to Texas.
Bishop's compositions include "Midnight Blue", "Woodchopper's Ball", and "Blue Prelude" (with Gordon Jenkins), and his work has been covered by musicians as diverse as Ten Years After and Lawrence Welk.
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Birth and Death Data: Born November 27, 1907 (Monticello), Died May 12, 1976 (Houston)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: flugelhorn, composer, arranger, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 151 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||63761||10-in.||5/12/1938||She's doin' it now||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63762||10-in.||5/12/1938||Keep your nose out of other people's business||Jimmie Gordon||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63763||10-in.||5/12/1938||Don't you loud mouth me||Cow Cow Davenport||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63764||10-in.||5/12/1938||I ain't no ice man||Cow Cow Davenport||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63765||10-in.||5/12/1938||The mess is here||Cow Cow Davenport||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63766||10-in.||5/12/1938||Railroad blues||Cow Cow Davenport||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63767||10-in.||5/12/1938||That'll get it||Cow Cow Davenport||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63930||10-in.||6/8/1938||The flat foot floogie||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63931||10-in.||6/8/1938||Lullaby in rhythm||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63932||10-in.||6/8/1938||Don't wake up my heart||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||63933||10-in.||6/8/1938||Laughing boy blues||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64832||10-in.||12/22/1938||Indian boogie woogie||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64833||10-in.||12/22/1938||Who'll buy my violets||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64834||10-in.||12/22/1938||Listen to the mocking bird||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64835||10-in.||12/22/1938||Blue evening||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64836||10-in.||12/22/1938||River bed blues||Woody Herman and his Woodchoppers||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64877||10-in.||1/10/1939||Thanks for ev'rything||Connie Boswell||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64878||10-in.||1/10/1939||The umbrella man||Connie Boswell||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64879||10-in.||1/10/1939||They say||Connie Boswell||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64880||10-in.||1/10/1939||Deep in a dream||Connie Boswell||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64940||10-in.||1/24/1939||The mads of Cadiz||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64941||10-in.||1/24/1939||Il bacio||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64942||10-in.||1/24/1939||Begin the beguine||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||64943||10-in.||1/24/1939||Long time no see||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||65379||10-in.||4/12/1939||At the Woodchopper's ball||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bishop, Joe," accessed May 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108488.
Bishop, Joe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108488.
"Bishop, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 May 2023.
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LCNAR: Bishop, Joe, 1907-1976 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no00059007
Wikidata: Joe Bishop - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1598445
MusicBrainz: Joe Bishop - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/2ed66b49-8a2b-4a18-9feb-e5a7e9a57183
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