Charlie LaVere

Charles LaVere Johnson, better known as Charlie LaVere (July 18, 1910, Salina, Kansas - April 28, 1983, Ramona, California) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader.

Johnson performed most often as a pianist, but also sang and played trumpet, trombone, and alto saxophone. He started his early career working with Wingy Manone and Jack Teagarden (both in 1933), then recorded under his own name (with Jabbo Smith and Zutty Singleton as sidemen) in 1935. Later in the 1930s he worked with Paul Whiteman, Ben Pollack, Hoagy Carmichael, and Connee Boswell, and served as Bing Crosby's accompanist from 1939 to 1947. He played with the Casa Loma Orchestra in 1941 and led his own band after World War II which included, at times, Joe Venuti, Matty Matlock, Nick Fatool, and George Van Eps. He led a band at Disneyland from 1955 to 1959, worked briefly with his own sextet in New York City in 1960, then moved to Las Vegas, where he played solo piano in clubs and also worked with Bob Crosby in 1961-1962. He and Manone played together once more in Vegas in 1963, and soon after this, he played for a time on cruise ships running between California and Australia. From the 1960s onward he ran his own piano repair shop in the San Diego area.

LaVere also composed; his tune "Cuban Boogie Woogie" was recorded by Charlie Barnet and Andy Kirk among others.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 18th, 1910 (Salina)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-042263 10-in. 11/21/1939 Sweet potato piper Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-042264 10-in. 11/21/1939 Palms of paradise Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-042265 10-in. 11/21/1939 The moon and the willow tree Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-042266 10-in. 11/21/1939 Too romantic Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-042384 10-in. 1/19/1940 I gotta right to sing the blues Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-042385 10-in. 1/19/1940 It had to be you Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-042386 10-in. 1/19/1940 Your kiss Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-042387 10-in. 1/19/1940 This is the beginning of the end Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044032 10-in. 10/20/1939 Cuban boogie woogie Delta Rhythm Band ; Bob Zurke Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Decca 80037 10/7/1949 Who's sorry now Castle Jazz Band ; Kid Ory and his Creole Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 102939 10/7/1949 I never knew Charlie LaVere's Chicago Loopers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 1201 10-in. 4/9/1938 Morocco Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 1202 10-in. 4/9/1938 Fare Thee honey, fare Thee well Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 1203 10-in. 4/9/1938 Mr. Freddie blues Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 1204 10-in. 4/9/1938 Nobody's gonna take you from me Ben Pollack and his Pick-A-Rib Boys instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2259 10-in. 12/9/1940 De camptown races Bing Crosby instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2260 10-in. 12/9/1940 Did your mother come from Ireland? Bing Crosby instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2261 10-in. 12/9/1940 My old Kentucky home Bing Crosby instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2262 10-in. 12/9/1940 Where the River Shannon flows Bing Crosby instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2403 10-in. 5/24/1941 Boogie woogie piano man Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2404 10-in. 5/24/1941 As if you didn't know Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2405 10-in. 5/24/1941 Hep and happy Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2406 10-in. 5/24/1941 Buck fever Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2417 10-in. 5/27/1941 Woodland symphony Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 2418 10-in. 5/27/1941 Swing tonic Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "LaVere, Charlie," accessed September 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110022.

LaVere, Charlie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110022.

"LaVere, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 September 2020.

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