Sterling Belmont "Bozo" Bose (September 23, 1906, Florence, Alabama - June 1958, St. Petersburg, Florida) was an American jazz trumpeter and cornetist. His style was heavily influenced by Bix Beiderbecke and changed little over the course of his life.
Bose's early experience came with Dixieland jazz bands in his native Alabama before moving to St. Louis, Missouri in 1923. He played with the Crescent City Jazzers and the Arcadian Serenaders, and with Jean Goldkette's Orchestra in 1927-28 after the departure of Beiderbecke. Following this he worked in the house band at radio station WGN in Chicago before joining Ben Pollack from 1930 to 1933. He also worked with Eddie Sheasby in Chicago, and moved to New York City in 1933. He had many gigs in New York in the 1930s and 1940s, including time with Joe Haymes (1934–35) and Tommy Dorsey (1935), Ray Noble (1936), Benny Goodman (1936), Lana Webster, Glenn Miller (1937), Bob Crosby (1937–39), Bobby Hackett (1939), Bob Zurke, Jack Teagarden, Bud Freeman (1942), George Brunies, Bobby Sherwood (1943), Miff Mole, Art Hodes, Horace Heidt (1944), and Tiny Hill (1946). Following this he did some further freelancing in Chicago and New York, and then moved to Florida in 1948, setting up his own bands there.
Bose suffered from an extended period of illness in the 1950s and eventually committed suicide in 1958.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 23rd, 1906 (Florence), Died June 1st, 1958 (St. Petersburg)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1944
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 65 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-101864||10-in.||5/25/1936||Big Chief De Sota||Sterling Bose ; Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-043996||10-in.||12/15/1939||Between 18th and 19th on Chestnut Street||Sterling Bose ; Delta Rhythm Band ; Bob Zurke||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-044031||10-in.||10/20/1939||Peach Tree Street||Sterling Bose ; Delta Rhythm Band ; Bob Zurke||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|OKeh||9410||10-in.||Oct. 1925||Carry it on down||Arcadian Serenaders||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Decca||38320||10-in.||8/16/1934||Valse bluette||Victor Young Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38321||10-in.||8/16/1934||Tales from the Vienna woods, part 1||Victor Young Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38322||10-in.||8/16/1934||Tales from the Vienna woods, part 2||Victor Young Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38323||10-in.||8/16/1934||A perfect day||Victor Young Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38327||10-in.||8/16/1934||Beautiful love||Victor Young Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38417||10-in.||8/24/1934||Lord, I give you my children||Johnny Mercer||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38418||10-in.||8/24/1934||If I could only read your mind||Johnny Mercer||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38419||10-in.||8/24/1934||The bathtub ran over again||Johnny Mercer||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39883||10-in.||8/23/1935||Monotony has got me down||Jeanne Burns||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39884||10-in.||8/23/1935||You're an angel||Jeanne Burns||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39885||10-in.||8/23/1935||Clownin' around||Jeanne Burns||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39886||10-in.||8/23/1935||Get the gold||Jeanne Burns||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60481||10-in.||2/17/1936||You hit the spot||Mound City Blue Blowers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60482||10-in.||2/17/1936||Spreadin' rhythm around||Mound City Blue Blowers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60483||10-in.||2/17/1936||Saddle your blues to a wild mustang||Mound City Blue Blowers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60484||10-in.||2/17/1936||Wah-hoo!||Mound City Blue Blowers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60485||10-in.||2/17/1936||I'm gonna clap my hands||Mound City Blue Blowers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60870||10-in.||3/5/1936||The panic is on||Connie Boswell||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60873||10-in.||3/5/1936||Mama don't allow it||Connie Boswell||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62058||10-in.||3/22/1937||Peg o' my heart||Glenn Miller Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62059||10-in.||3/22/1937||Wistful and blue||Glenn Miller Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bose, Sterling," accessed September 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109835.
Bose, Sterling. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109835.
"Bose, Sterling." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 September 2021.
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