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Rosy McHargue

James "Rosy" McHargue (April 6, 1902 in Danville, Illinois – June 8, 1999 in Santa Monica, California) was an American jazz clarinetist, associated principally with the Dixieland jazz scene.

McHargue worked professionally from age 15, with The Novelty Syncopators in 1917. His first recordings were with Roy Schoenbeck's Orchestra in 1922 on the track "Wow Wow Blues"; he also recorded early on with the Seattle Harmony Kings (1925), Frankie Trumbauer (1931), Ted Weems (1934), and Jimmy McPartland (1936). He was a member of The Wolverines shortly after Bix Beiderbecke's departure in 1925. His tenure with Weems lasted from 1934 to 1942.

McHargue then moved to Los Angeles, where he played with Eddie Miller, Benny Goodman, Kay Kyser (1943–46), and Red Nichols (1947-51). He later played with Pee Wee Hunt and Pete Daily, and recorded as a leader for Jump, Fairmont, Audiophile, and Protone in the 1940s and 1950s.

In his old age, McHargue began singing and became extraordinarily active in the jazz preservation movement, working with historians in interviews and recalling the tunes and lyrics to many forgotten songs from the 1920s and earlier. He recorded again for Stomp Off in 1992 and played jazz festivals into the late 1990s.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 6th, 1902 (Danville), Died June 8th, 1999

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, alto saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 63318 10-in. 2/22/1938 Swingin' in the corn Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63319 10-in. 2/22/1938 Goodnight, sweet dreams, goodnight Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63320 10-in. 2/22/1938 A gypsy told me Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63321 10-in. 2/22/1938 Sissy Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63322 10-in. 2/22/1938 What are you doing the rest of your life? Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63323 10-in. 2/22/1938 Sunday in the park Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63324 10-in. 2/22/1938 Three shif'less skunks Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63325 10-in. 2/23/1938 In my little red book Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63326 10-in. 2/23/1938 Buffoon Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63327 10-in. 2/23/1938 A shack in the back of the hills Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63328 10-in. 2/23/1938 Nola Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65162 10-in. 3/10/1939 Ad-de-day Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65163 10-in. 3/10/1939 Poor Pinocchio's nose Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65164 10-in. 3/10/1939 Gambler's blues Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65165 10-in. 3/10/1939 The young 'uns of the Martins and the Coys Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65166 10-in. 3/10/1939 The ghost of Pinocchio Pete Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65167 10-in. 3/11/1939 I love to ride on a choo choo train Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65168 10-in. 3/10/1939 Class will tell Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65169 10-in. 3/10/1939 The chestnut tree Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 66717 10-in. 10/4/1939 Goody goodbye Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 66718 10-in. 10/4/1939 Two blind loves Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 66719 10-in. 10/4/1939 Jiminy cricket Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 66720 10-in. 10/4/1939 Monstro the whale Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 66721 10-in. 10/4/1939 Runnin' wild Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 66722 10-in. 10/4/1939 That old gang of mine Ted Weems Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McHargue, Rosy," accessed November 30, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109801.

McHargue, Rosy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109801.

"McHargue, Rosy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109801

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