Adele Beatrice Girard Marsala (June 25, 1913 – September 7, 1993) was a jazz harpist associated with dixieland and swing music. She is the first woman to bring the concert harp to prominence in jazz, with only Casper Reardon preceding her. As a musician she is known by her birth name Adele Girard, but she became Adele Girard Marsala after marrying clarinetist Joe Marsala.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 25th, 1913 (Holyoke), Died September 7th, 1993 (Denver)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: harp, arranger, lyricist, vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-80487||10-in.||5/1/1934||The three little pigs are pork chops now||Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra ; Harry Sosnick||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal quartet||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-032971||10-in.||3/13/1939||Little Sir Echo||Three Reasons ; Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band||arranger, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-041278||10-in.||8/23/1939||Little Sir Echo||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||arranger, lyricist|
|Decca||68854||10-in.||3/21/1941||Bull's eye||Joe Marsala Orchestra||instrumentalist, harp|
|Decca||68855||10-in.||3/21/1941||Lower register||Joe Marsala Orchestra||instrumentalist, harp|
|Decca||68856||10-in.||3/21/1941||I know that you know||Joe Marsala Orchestra||instrumentalist, harp|
|Decca||68857||10-in.||3/21/1941||Slow down||Joe Marsala Orchestra||instrumentalist, harp|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Girard, Adele," accessed October 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110380.
Girard, Adele. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110380.
"Girard, Adele." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 October 2021.
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