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 126-150 of 152 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
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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