Eddie Durham

Edward Durham (August 19, 1906 – March 6, 1987) was an American jazz guitarist, trombonist, composer, and arranger. He was one of the pioneers of the electric guitar in jazz. The orchestras of Bennie Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller took great benefit from his composing and arranging skill.

With Edgar Battle he composed "Topsy", which was recorded by Count Basie and became a hit for Benny Goodman.

In 1938, Durham wrote "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" with Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus, and Eddie Seiler. During the 1940s, Durham created Eddie Durham's All-Star Girl Orchestra, an African-American all female swing band that toured the United States and Canada.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 19, 1906 (San Marcos), Died March 6, 1987 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, trombone, arranger, composer, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 153 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-53012 10-in. 4/15/1931 Ya got love Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57301 10-in. 10/23/1929 Rumba negro Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57302 10-in. 10/23/1929 The Jones Law blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57303 10-in. 10/23/1929 Band box shuffle Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57304 10-in. 10/23/1929 Small black Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57305 10-in. 10/23/1929 Everyday blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, composer, trombone  
Victor BVE-57312 10-in. 10/24/1929 Boot it Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57313 10-in. 10/24/1929 Mary Lee Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57314 10-in. 10/24/1929 Rit-dit-ray Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57315 10-in. 10/24/1929 New Vine Street blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-57316 10-in. 10/24/1929 Sweetheart of yesterday Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62909 10-in. 10/27/1930 Won't you be my baby? Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62910 10-in. 10/28/1930 I wish I could be blue! Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, composer, trombone  
Victor BVE-62911 10-in. 10/28/1930 Oh! Eddie Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone, composer  
Victor BVE-62912 10-in. 10/28/1930 That too, do Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, composer, trombone  
Victor BVE-62913 10-in. 10/28/1930 Mack's rhythm Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, composer, trombone  
Victor BVE-62914 10-in. 10/28/1930 You make me happy Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62915 10-in. 10/28/1930 Here comes Marjorie Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62916 10-in. 10/28/1930 The count Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62921 10-in. 10/29/1930 Liza Lee Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62922 10-in. 10/30/1930 Get goin' (Get ready to love) Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62923 10-in. 10/30/1930 Professor Hot Stuff Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62924 10-in. 10/30/1930 When I'm alone Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62925 10-in. 10/30/1930 New Moten stomp Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62926 10-in. 10/30/1930 As long as I love you Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
(Results 1-25 of 153 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Durham, Eddie," accessed May 27, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109223.

Durham, Eddie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109223.

"Durham, Eddie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 27 May 2024.

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