Bob Fuller

Not to be confused with Bobby Fuller.

Bob Fuller (December 31, 1898 – unknown) was an American blues and jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, best known for his recordings accompanying female singers of the 1920s.

Born and raised in New York City, Fuller toured the United States with Mamie Smith, then settled down to extensive studio work. He was a house saxophonist for Ajax and Victor Records, playing with Elmer Snowden and Lou Hooper. These musicians also recorded on their own, including as the Five Musical Blackbirds. Fuller also played with Fats Waller's combo, Six Hot Babies.

Fuller worked on at least 140 sessions between 1920 and 1928, accompanying singers such as Martha Copeland, Helen Gross, Rosa Henderson, Maggie Jones, Viola McCoy, and Monette Moore.

Among his many 1920s recordings, his trio sides (with piano and banjo) were issued as "Three Hot Eskimos", "The Black Diamonds", "Three Jolly Jesters", and "Three Monkey Chasers".

Fuller left the music industry permanently after he decided to work in prisons for the New York City Police Department in the 1930s.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1898 (New York City), Died January 1st, 2000

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, composer, alto saxophone, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 81 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33825 10-in. 10/28/1925 Ridiculous blues Charleston Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor BVE-36069 10-in. 8/27/1926 Goin' crazy with the blues Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-36081 10-in. 8/31/1926 What have you done to make me feel this way Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-36846 10-in. 10/20/1926 When a 'gator holler, folks say it's a sign of rain Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-36847 10-in. 10/20/1926 Graysom Street blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-36895 10-in. 11/2/1926 My baby doesn't squawk New Orleans Blue Five Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-36896 10-in. 11/2/1926 The king of the Zulus New Orleans Blue Five Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-36897 10-in. 11/2/1926 South Rampart Street blues New Orleans Blue Five Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-36962 10-in. 11/24/1926 The mess Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-36963 10-in. 11/24/1926 The chinch Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Columbia W140411 10-in. 3/3/1925 Black cat blues Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Columbia W140412 10-in. 3/3/1925 Too bad Jim Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Columbia W140855 10-in. 8/20/1925 Corn bread wiggle Three Monkey Chasers Instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet, songwriter  
Columbia W140856 10-in. 8/20/1925 Cocoanut strut Three Monkey Chasers Instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet, songwriter  
Columbia W140857 10-in. 8/19/1925 Nobody's blues but mine Bessie Smith and her Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W140858 10-in. 8/19/1925 I ain't got nobody Bessie Smith and her Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W140859 10-in. 8/20/1925 My two timing papa Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W140860 10-in. 8/20/1925 Kitchen mechanic blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W140951 10-in. 9/17/1925 I'm a back bitin' mama Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Columbia W140952 10-in. 9/17/1925 Dallas blues Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Columbia W141037 10-in. 9/23/1925 Grand opera blues Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Columbia W141038 10-in. 9/23/1925 Pig Alley stomp Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W141046 10-in. 9/25/1925 Alley rat blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Columbia W141047 10-in. 9/25/1925 When my sugar walks down the street Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Columbia W141048 10-in. 9/25/1925 You never miss your water Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 81 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fuller, Bob," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110518.

Fuller, Bob. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110518.

"Fuller, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110518

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