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Adele Gerard

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Girard, Adele," accessed October 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110380.

Girard, Adele. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110380.

"Girard, Adele." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110380

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