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 151-152 of 152 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 151-152 of 152 records)


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

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109223

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