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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born February 23, 1906 (Florence), Died June 1, 1958 (St. Petersburg)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1944
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 75 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||MS-94173||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Dec. 1935||From the top of your head||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby ; Cliff Weston||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-94174||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Aug. 1935||Isn't it a lovely day||Joe Haymes Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloist(s)||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-94175||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Aug. 1935||Top hat||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Cliff Weston||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-94176||16-in.||approximately early Aug. 1935||Why stars come out||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-95659||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Sept. 1935||Picture of me without you||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby ; Skeeter Palmer||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-95660||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Sept. 1935||It never dawned on me||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby ; Skeeter Palmer||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-95661||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Sept. 1935||Treasure Island||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby ; Skeeter Palmer||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-95662||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Sept. 1935||Now you've got me doin' it||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-95672||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Sept. 1935||Out of sight, out of mind||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby ; Cliff Weston||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-95673||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately early Sept. 1935||I'm sitting high on a hill||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Ed Kirkeby||Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bose, Sterling," accessed May 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109835.
Bose, Sterling. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109835.
"Bose, Sterling." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 May 2023.
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