Eddie Durham

Eddie Durham (August 19, 1906 – March 6, 1987) was an American musician, who pioneered the use of the electric guitar in jazz. He was a guitarist, trombonist, composer, and arranger for the orchestras of Bennie Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, and Count Basie.

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

In 1938, Durham co-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 - 1942

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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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  
Victor BVE-62927 10-in. 10/31/1930 Somebody stole my gal Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62928 10-in. 10/31/1930 Now that I need you Count Basie ; Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62929 10-in. 10/31/1930 Bouncin' round Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BVE-62930 10-in. 10/31/1930 Break a day schuffle Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BRC-68900 10-in. 4/15/1931 I wanna be around my baby all the time Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74846 10-in. 12/13/1932 Toby Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74847 10-in. 12/13/1932 Moten's swing Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74848 10-in. 12/13/1932 Blue room Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74849 10-in. 12/13/1932 Imagination Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74850 10-in. 12/13/1932 New Orleans Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74851 10-in. 12/13/1932 The only girl I ever loved Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74852 10-in. 12/13/1932 Milenberg joys Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-74853 10-in. 12/13/1932 Lafayette Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Victor BS-74854 10-in. 12/13/1932 Prince of Wales Count Basie ; Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with piano instrumentalist, guitar, trombone  
Victor BS-028943 10-in. 11/10/1938 Topsy Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-031876 10-in. 2/1/1939 Sent for you yesterday and here you come today Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Johnny Mercer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-037182 10-in. 6/2/1939 Slip horn jive Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-038140 10-in. 7/26/1939 Glen Island Special Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-038171 10-in. 8/1/1939 Wham (Re-bop-boom-bam) Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Marion Hutton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-047796 10-in. 3/11/1940 I don't want to set the world on fire Harlan Leonard ; Rockets ; Myra Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-053209 10-in. 7/15/1940 My pop gave me a nickel Harlan Leonard ; Rockets ; Myra Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-061544 10-in. 8/20/1941 Swingin' on a "C" Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-064807 10-in. 8/25/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Skinnay Ennis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-064975 10-in. 10/10/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Cats and the Fiddle Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BS-067670 10-in. 8/25/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Mitchell Ayres ; Meredith Blake ; Fashions-in-Music ; Four Trumpet-Ayres Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal quartet composer  
Victor BS-067753 10-in. 9/5/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-071764 10-in. 2/2/1942 I don't want to set the world on fire Hit Paraders ; Mark Warnow Orchestra ; Barry Wood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble composer  
Victor D7VB-0886 10-in. 5/20/1947 Swingin' the blues Count Basie, his Instrumentalists and Rhythm Jazz octet composer  
OKeh W401115 10-in. 9/12/1928 Organ grinder blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 39551 10-in. 5/29/1935 Sleepy time gal-4, 5 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39552 10-in. 5/29/1935 Bird of paradise-2, 4 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 39553 10-in. 5/29/1935 Rhapsody junior-2, 4 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 39554 10-in. 5/29/1935 Runnin' wild-3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39555 10-in. 5/29/1935 Four or five times Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39556 10-in. 5/29/1935 Four or five times Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39557 10-in. 5/29/1935 (If I had) Rhythm in my nursery rhymes-4 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39996 10-in. 9/23/1935 Babs-1, 5 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39997 10-in. 9/23/1935 Swanee river-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39998 10-in. 9/23/1935 Thunder-4 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 39999 10-in. 9/23/1935 Oh boy-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 60000 10-in. 9/23/1935 Charmaine-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 60001 10-in. 9/23/1935 Hittin' the bottle-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 60013 10-in. 9/30/1935 I'll take the South-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 60014 10-in. 9/30/1935 Avalon-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 60015 10-in. 9/30/1935 Charmaine-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 60016 10-in. 9/30/1935 Hittin' the bottle-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 60274 10-in. 12/23/1935 My blue heaven-1, 3, 4 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 60275 10-in. 12/23/1935 I'm nuts about screwy music-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 60276 10-in. 12/23/1935 The best things in life are free-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 60277 10-in. 12/23/1935 The melody man-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61246 10-in. 8/31/1936 Organ grinder's swing Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61247 10-in. 9/1/1936 On the beach at Bali Bali-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61248 10-in. 9/1/1936 Me and the moon-1, 2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61249 10-in. 9/1/1936 Living from day to day-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61250 10-in. 9/1/1936 T'ain't good (like a nickel made of wood) Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61323 10-in. 10/14/1936 Muddy water-1, 3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61324 10-in. 10/14/1936 I can't escape from you-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61325 10-in. 10/14/1936 Harlem shout-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61345 10-in. 10/26/1936 (This is) My last affair-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 61346 10-in. 10/26/1936 Running a temperature-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61531 10-in. 1/18/1937 Honey, keep your mind on me Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61532 10-in. 1/18/1937 Count me out Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61533 10-in. 1/20/1937 I'll see you in my dreams Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61550 10-in. 1/26/1937 He ain' 't got rhythm-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61551 10-in. 1/26/1937 Linger awhile-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61552 10-in. 1/26/1937 Honest and truly-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 61553 10-in. 1/26/1937 Slumming on Park Avenue-3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 62259 10-in. 1/26/1937 Coquette Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62260 10-in. 1/26/1937 The merry-go-round broke down Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62261 10-in. 1/26/1937 Ragging the scale Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62262 10-in. 1/26/1937 Hell's bells Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62263 10-in. 1/26/1937 For dancers only Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62344 10-in. 7/8/1937 Posin' Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62345 10-in. 7/8/1937 The first time I saw you-4 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62346 10-in. 7/8/1937 Honey, keep your mind on me-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar, arranger  
Decca 62347 10-in. 7/8/1937 Put on your old grey bonnet-3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62511 10-in. 8/9/1937 Good morning blues Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62512 10-in. 8/9/1937 Our love was meant to be Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62513 10-in. 8/9/1937 Time out Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62514 10-in. 8/9/1937 Topsy Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62682 10-in. 10/13/1937 I keep remembering Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62683 10-in. 10/13/1937 Out the window Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62684 10-in. 10/13/1937 Don't you miss your baby? Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 62685 10-in. 10/13/1937 Let me dream Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63122 10-in. 1/3/1938 Georgianna Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63123 10-in. 1/3/1938 Blues in the dark Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63286 10-in. 2/16/1938 Sent for you yesterday (and here you come today) Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63287 10-in. 2/16/1938 Every tub Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63288 10-in. 2/16/1938 Now will you be good? Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63289 10-in. 2/16/1938 Swingin' the blues Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63918 10-in. 6/6/1938 Mama don't want no peas' n' rice' n' cocoanut oil Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63919 10-in. 6/6/1938 Blue and sentimental Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 63920 10-in. 6/6/1938 Doggin' around Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 65071 10-in. 2/26/1939 There's a hole in the old oaken bucket Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65072 10-in. 2/26/1939 It's all so new to me Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65073 10-in. 2/26/1939 In a moment of weakness Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65074 10-in. 2/26/1939 I'm happy about the whole thing Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65318 10-in. 4/1/1939 Little Sir Echo Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65319 10-in. 4/1/1939 I want my share of love Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65320 10-in. 4/1/1939 Snug as a bug in a rug Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65321 10-in. 4/1/1939 And the angels sing Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65714 10-in. 6/1/1939 When Buddha smiles Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65715 10-in. 6/1/1939 I'll always be in love with you Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65716 10-in. 6/1/1939 Get happy Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65717 10-in. 6/1/1939 That's a plenty Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65932 10-in. 7/7/1939 You taught me to love again Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65933 10-in. 7/7/1939 Running through my mind Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65934 10-in. 7/7/1939 Shabby old Cabby Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 65935 10-in. 7/7/1939 Moonlight serenade Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 66223 10-in. 8/29/1939 Twilight interlude Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 66224 10-in. 8/29/1939 Vol vistu gaily star Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 66225 10-in. 8/29/1939 It's a hundred to one Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 66226 10-in. 8/29/1939 The paper picker Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 67149 10-in. 2/4/1940 Blues in the groove-1 Jan Savitt Orchestra arranger  
Decca 68336 10-in. 11/11/1940 I want a little girl Eddie Durham and his Band instrumentalist, guitar, arranger  
Decca 68337 10-in. 11/11/1940 Moten's swing Eddie Durham and his Band instrumentalist, guitar, arranger  
Decca 68338 10-in. 11/11/1940 Fare Thee honey, fare Thee well Eddie Durham and his Band instrumentalist, guitar, arranger  
Decca 68339 10-in. 11/11/1940 Magic carpet Eddie Durham and his Band instrumentalist, guitar, arranger  
Decca 69557 10-in. 7/23/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 69558 10-in. 7/23/1941 Blow, Gabriel, blow Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 69559 10-in. 7/23/1941 Sweet Mama, Papa's getting mad Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca 69560 10-in. 7/23/1941 All that meat and no potatoes Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, trombone, guitar  
Decca DLA 1010 10-in. 7/24/1936 Pigeon walk-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra arranger  
Decca DLA 1011 10-in. 11/5/1937 Like a ship at sea Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra arranger  
Decca DLA 1012 10-in. 11/5/1937 Teasin' Tessie Brown Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra arranger  
Decca DLA 1013 10-in. 11/5/1937 Annie Laurie Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra arranger  
Decca DLA 1014 10-in. 11/5/1937 Frisco fog-3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Durham, Eddie," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109223.

Durham, Eddie. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109223.

"Durham, Eddie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.

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