Bobby Stark (January 6, 1906 – December 29, 1945) was an American jazz trumpeter.
Stark played piano, clarinet, saxophone, and alto horn before deciding on trumpet. In the mid-1920s he played with June Clark (1925), Edgar Dowell, Leon Abbey, Duncan Mayers, Bobbie Brown, Bobby Lee, Billy Butler, Charles Turner, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, and Chick Webb, the last in 1926-27. From 1927 to 1933 he played in Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra as a featured soloist. He returned to duty under Chick Webb behind Taft Jordan from 1934 to 1939; after Webb's death, he remained in the orchestra, now under the direction of Ella Fitzgerald. In 1940 he left the group to freelance. In 1942-43 he served in the Army, then played with Garvin Bushell (1944) and Benny Morton shortly before his death. He never led his own recording session.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 6th, 1906 (New York City), Died December 29th, 1945 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 125 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||MS-031431||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately late Jan. 1939||Tea for two||Chick Webb Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-031432||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately late Jan. 1939||Crazy rhythm||Chick Webb Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||MS-031433||16-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||approximately late Jan. 1939||Blue skies||Chick Webb Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265135||10-in.||9/22/1933||Queer notions-1||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265136||10-in.||9/22/1933||It's the talk of the town||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265137||10-in.||9/22/1933||Night life-3||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265138||10-in.||9/22/1933||Nagasaki-2||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265150||10-in.||10/3/1933||Happy feet||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265151||10-in.||10/3/1933||I'm rhythm crazy now-1||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265152||10-in.||10/3/1933||Old man river||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265153||10-in.||10/3/1933||Minnie the moocher's wedding day-1||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265154||10-in.||10/3/1933||Ain't cha glad?-1||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W265155||10-in.||10/3/1933||I've got to sing a torch song||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||W404566||10-in.||12/4/1930||Goodbye blues||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||W404596||10-in.||12/30/1930||Cloudy skies||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||W404597||10-in.||12/30/1930||Got another sweetie now||Chocolate Dandies ; Jimmy Harrison||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||W404598||10-in.||12/30/1930||Bugle call rag||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||W404599||10-in.||12/30/1930||Dee blues||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38593||10-in.||9/10/1934||That rhythm man||Chick Webb Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38594||10-in.||9/10/1934||On the sunny side of the street||Chick Webb Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38595||10-in.||9/10/1934||Lona-1||Chick Webb Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38596||10-in.||9/10/1934||Blue minor-1||Chick Webb Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39138||10-in.||11/19/1934||It's over because we're through||Chick Webb Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39140||10-in.||11/19/1934||Don't be that way||Chick Webb Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39141||10-in.||11/19/1934||What a shuffle-1||Chick Webb Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stark, Bobby," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110333.
Stark, Bobby. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110333.
"Stark, Bobby." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.
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