Henry James Wells (born 1906, Dallas) was an American jazz trombonist, vocalist, and bandleader. He was the brother of Dicky Wells.
Wells studied at Fisk University and the Cincinnati Conservatory, and worked professionally starting in the late 1920s. He joined Jimmie Lunceford's band in 1929 and remained with him until 1935; during this time, he also played with Cab Calloway and Claude Hopkins. From 1936 to 1941 he worked intermittently with Andy Kirk, and played with him again in 1946; he left Kirk's employ temporarily to put together his own band and to complete a stint in the U.S. Army. During his time with Kirk, he was often employed as a vocalist, including on recordings. He also played with Gene Krupa and Teddy Hill in the early 1940s. After World War II he worked with Rex Stewart and Sy Oliver; he was active as a performer on the West Coast into the 1960s.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1906 (Dallas), Died January 1st, 2000 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone, vocalist, leader, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 134 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-62599||10-in.||6/6/1930||In dat mornin'||Moses Allen ; Chickasaw Syncopators ; Jimmie Lunceford||Jazz/dance band, with talk||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BVE-62600||10-in.||6/6/1930||Sweet rhythm||Chickasaw Syncopators ; Jimmie Lunceford||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BS-82220||10-in.||3/20/1934||Here goes||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra ; Henry Wells||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-82221||10-in.||3/20/1934||Remember when||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra ; Henry Wells||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-023420||10-in.||5/23/1938||Little Joe from Chicago||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Decca||38531||10-in.||9/4/1934||Sophisticated lady-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38532||10-in.||9/4/1934||Mood indigo||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38533||10-in.||9/4/1934||Rose room-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38534||10-in.||9/4/1934||Black and tan fantasy-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38535||10-in.||9/4/1934||Stratosphere-3||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38541||10-in.||9/5/1934||Nana-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||38542||10-in.||9/5/1934||Miss Otis regrets-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38543||10-in.||9/5/1934||Unsophisticated Sue-3||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38544||10-in.||9/5/1934||Star dust-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||38915||10-in.||10/29/1934||Dream of you-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||38916||10-in.||10/29/1934||Shake your head (from side to side)||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||38917||10-in.||10/29/1934||Stomp it off-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||38918||10-in.||10/29/1934||Call it anything (It wasn't love)-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||38967||10-in.||11/7/1934||Because you're you-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||38968||10-in.||11/7/1934||Chillun, get up!-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||38969||10-in.||11/7/1934||Solitude||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||39169||10-in.||12/17/1934||Rain-1, 3||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||39170||10-in.||12/17/1934||Since my best gal turned me down-1, 3||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||39171||10-in.||12/17/1934||Jealous-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|Decca||39172||10-in.||12/18/1934||Rhythm is our business-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wells, Henry," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109728.
Wells, Henry. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109728.
"Wells, Henry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.
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