Joe Morris

Joseph Lee Morris (March 2, 1922 – November 7, 1958) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Morris began his career as a jazz trumpeter, working and recording with Earl Bostic, Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Griffin, Buddy Rich, Dinah Washington, Big Joe Turner, and Lionel Hampton.

After working with Hampton as a writer, arranger, and trumpeter, he left in 1946 to set up the Joe Morris Orchestra, which featured, among others, Johnny Griffin, Elmo Hope, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Long John Hobbs, and Hasaan Ibn Ali (then known as William Langford). One of his first credited recordings as bandleader was with Wynonie Harris on "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee".

Morris signed with the then fledgling Boston Records, and released "Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere", with vocals by Laurie Tate. This rose to number one on the U.S. R&B chart in 1950, and he followed up with "Don't Take Your Love Away from Me". The band functioned as the unofficial house band for Atlantic Records in the early 1950s, and several future stars passed through its ranks, including Ray Charles and Lowell Fulson.

In 1953, Tate left for a solo career, and Morris replaced her with his new discovery, Faye Adams. He moved to Herald Records, where he backed Adams on her number-one R&B hit, his own composition "Shake a Hand", and its follow-up, "I'll Be True", also an R&B number-one hit. At the same time, he had his own hit with "I Had a Notion", featuring vocals by Al Savage.

Morris died in Phoenix, Arizona, of a cerebral haemorrhage in 1958, aged 36.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1922 (Montgomery), Died November 1st, 1958 (Phoenix)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71825 10-in. 3/2/1944 Loose wig Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71826 10-in. 3/2/1944 Chop chop Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71827 10-in. 3/2/1944 Flying home No.2 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71828 10-in. 3/2/1944 Hamp's boogie woogie Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72875 10-in. 5/21/1945 Someday Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72876 10-in. 5/21/1945 Beulah's boogie Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72881 10-in. 5/21/1945 Playboy Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 72882 10-in. 5/21/1945 Punch and Judy Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73287 1/21/1946 Pinetop's boogie woogie-1 Bing Crosby instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73288 1/21/1946 On the sunny side of the street-2 Bing Crosby instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73324 1/29/1946 Rockin' in rhythm, part 1 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73325 1/29/1946 Rockin' in rhythm, part 2 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73326 1/29/1946 Gay notes Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73327 1/29/1946 Tempo's birthday Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73332 1/31/1946 Cobb's idea Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73333 1/31/1946 Air mail special, part 1 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73334 1/31/1946 Air Mail special, part 2 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73882 4/23/1947 Boogie woogie blue plate Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73883 4/23/1947 Barnyard boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73884 4/23/1947 Every man to his own profession Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73885 4/23/1947 Early in the mornin'-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73886 4/23/1947 Run Joe-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 75456 10/28/1949 The rabbit's hop Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 75457 10/28/1949 Sneaking around Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 75458 10/28/1949 Portia's boogie Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Morris, Joe," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110292.

Morris, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110292.

"Morris, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110292

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