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 March 2, 1922 (Montgomery), Died November 7, 1958 (Phoenix)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 26-36 of 36 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 75459 10/28/1949 Lowdown baby Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 75520 11/18/1949 Wig head Mama blues Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 75521 11/18/1949 Broken hearted blues Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 75522 11/18/1949 Ooh, ooh, that's good Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 113017 1/30/1963 Air mail special Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 3644 10-in. 10/16/1944 Million dollar smile Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 3645 10-in. 10/16/1944 The lamplighter Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 3646 10-in. 10/16/1944 Overtime Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 3647 10-in. 10/16/1944 Tempo's boogie Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 4008 10-in. 12/1/1945 Slide Hamp, slide Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 4009 10-in. 12/1/1945 Hey-ba-ba-re-bop Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 26-36 of 36 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Morris, Joe," accessed October 4, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110292.

Morris, Joe. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 4, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110292.

"Morris, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 October 2022.

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