Sterling Bose

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  
(Results 1-25 of 65 records)

Citation

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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