Gordon Stretton

Gordon Stretton (June 5, 1887 – 1982), born William Masters, To Ann J Masters Nee Williams Born 1862 was a Welsh-African-descended drummer from Liverpool, who first gained fame in the 1910s and later became one of the first Liverpool-based musicians to gain international acclaim. He played with Charlie Chaplin in the "Lancashire Lads Dancing Troupe" and eventually performed in locales including London and Paris, before settling in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he lived from the late 1920s after being hired by businessman Augusto Alvarez to act in one of the local entertain companies, at the cinema theatre "Select Lavalle". He died in 1982.

In 1908, he toured Britain as a member of a Jamaican choir. In 1921, in New York City he recorded with the Syncopated Jazz Band ("Satanic Blues"/"Lucky Dog Blues" Actuelle 10156 E). In 1923, he led the Orchestre Syncopated Six in Paris, where he recorded "Fate" and "Tu Verras." After relocating to Argentina, by 1929 he founded Gordon Stretton's Symphonic Jazz Band.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 5th, 1887, Died January 1st, 1982

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-44584 10-in. Summer 1929 Old Madrid Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stretton, Gordon," accessed October 30, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109563.

Stretton, Gordon. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 30, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109563.

"Stretton, Gordon." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109563


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