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 101-125 of 152 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 101-125 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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