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), Died April 28th, 1983
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1953
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 45 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-042175||10-in.||10/9/1939||Cuban boogie woogie||Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Judy Ellington||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "LaVere, Charlie," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110022.
LaVere, Charlie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110022.
"LaVere, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.
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