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

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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 152 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 of 152 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Durham, Eddie," accessed February 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109223.

Durham, Eddie. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109223.

"Durham, Eddie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 February 2023.

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