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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born 1898 (New York City), Died January 1, 2000
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, composer, alto saxophone, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 76-81 of 81 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||1240W-1242W||10-in.||8/27/1925||Plain old blues||Three Jolly Miners||Jazz/dance trio, with clarinet solo||composer, instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Brunswick||1243W-1245W||10-in.||8/27/1925||Ketch your breath||Three Jolly Miners||Jazz/dance trio, with clarinet solo||instrumentalist, clarinet, composer|
|Brunswick||1377W-1378W||10-in.||9/21/1925||Old man's Charleston||Three Jolly Miners||Jazz/dance trio||composer, instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Brunswick||1379W-1380W||10-in.||9/21/1925||Texas shuffle||Three Jolly Miners||Jazz/dance trio||composer, instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Brunswick||1511W-1513W||10-in.||10/17/1925||An' I don't mean if!||Rosa Henderson ; Three Jolly Miners||Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Brunswick||1514W-1516W||10-in.||10/17/1925||You can't be like my last man was||Rosa Henderson||Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fuller, Bob," accessed June 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110518.
Fuller, Bob. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110518.
"Fuller, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Fuller, Bob, approximately 1898- - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no97041650
Wikidata: Bob Fuller - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q4932479
MusicBrainz: Bob Fuller - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/d1c27b20-6f1b-42e0-8ec4-e173129b7f4c
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