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Red McKenzie

William 'Red' McKenzie (October 14, 1899 – February 7, 1948) was an American jazz vocalist and musician who played a comb as an instrument. He played the comb-and-paper by placing paper, sometimes strips from the Evening World, over the tines and blowing on it, producing a sound like a kazoo.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 14th, 1899 (St. Louis), Died February 7th, 1948 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, comb, composer, leader, washboard, director

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 88 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-50517 10-in. 2/23/1929 Arkansas blues The Mystery Orchestra [i.e., Mound City Blue Blowers] Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-50518 10-in. 2/23/1929 Never had a reason to believe in you The Mystery Orchestra [i.e., Mound City Blue Blowers] Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-56151 10-in. 9/25/1929 Tailspin blues Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus director, instrumentalist, comb, composer, vocalist  
Victor BVE-56152 10-in. 9/25/1929 Never had a reason to believe in you Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer, instrumentalist, comb, vocalist  
Victor BVE-57145 10-in. 11/14/1929 Hello Lola Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, comb, composer, director  
Victor BVE-57146 10-in. 11/14/1929 One hour Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, comb, composer  
Victor CRC-71905 12-in. 3/1/1932 Dance selections from Face the music Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble vocalist  
Victor CSHQ-71907 12-in. 3/2/1932 Dance selections from Hot-cha Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male and female vocal solos vocalist  
Victor LSHQ-71908 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 3/2/1932 Dance music from Hot-cha and Face the music Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal solos and male vocal trio vocalist  
Victor BRC-72283 10-in. 4/14/1932 Lawd, you made the night too long Red McKenzie ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BRC-72285 10-in. 4/14/1932 Daybreak Red McKenzie ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-73192 10-in. 8/10/1932 Three on a match Red McKenzie ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-73583 10-in. 9/26/1932 I'll follow you Red McKenzie ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor CS-74633 12-in. 12/2/1932 A night with Paul Whiteman at the Biltmore Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal and instrumental solos vocalist  
Victor LCS-74634 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 12/3/1932 Whiteman medley Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal and instrumental solos vocalist  
Columbia W148895 10-in. 8/19/1929 Indiana Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W148896 10-in. 8/19/1929 Fire house blues Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W149002 10-in. 9/13/1929 Swanee shuffle The Midnight Airdales Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W149003 10-in. 9/13/1929 I gotta have you The Midnight Airdales Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151843 10-in. 10/15/1931 Time on my hands (You in my arms) Red McKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W151844 10-in. 10/15/1931 Just friends Red McKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W152044 10-in. 12/14/1931 I found you Red McKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W152045 10-in. 12/14/1931 I'm sorry, dear Red McKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W152108 10-in. 2/10/1932 There's something in your eyes Red McKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W152109 10-in. 2/10/1932 Can't we talk it over? Red McKenzie Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 88 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McKenzie, Red," accessed August 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109742.

McKenzie, Red. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109742.

"McKenzie, Red." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109742

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