Bobby Stark

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  
(Results 1-25 of 125 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110333

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