Ed Kirkeby

Wallace Theodore "Ed" Kirkeby (October 10, 1891 – June 12, 1978) was an American bandleader, vocalist, manager, and salesman, best remembered as the manager of Fats Waller.

He was one of the first recording managers at Columbia Records to record jazz and organized the California Ramblers to record it. He recorded extensively during the 1920s and early 1930s using many pseudonyms for recording including The Little Ramblers, The Goofus Five, Five Birmingham Babies, The Vagabonds, The Varsity Eight, Ted Wallace (And His Campus Boys), Ed Kirkeby Wallace, and Eddie Lloyd (and Loyd). Over the years he also managed the Pickens Sisters, was an A&R person at RCA Victor, and worked in the band booking department at NBC. As Fats Waller's manager he also acted as his archivist building a collection which is held today by the Institute of Jazz Studies. After Waller's death in 1943 Kirkeby remained active managing many other groups and musicians (including Pat Flowers) through 1977.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 10th, 1891

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: session supervisor, leader, vocalist, director, songwriter, lyricist, speaker, composer, piano

Notes: Name also appears as "W. T. Kirkeby," "Wallace T. Kirkeby," "W. T. Ed. Kirkeby," "Ted Wallace," and "Eddy Lloyd, as well as other pseudonyms.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 719 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-72241 10-in. 4/6/1932 Dream sweetheart Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BRC-72242 10-in. 4/6/1932 Lawd, you made the night too long Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BRC-72593 10-in. 5/17/1932 San Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BRC-72594 10-in. 5/17/1932 Sweet Georgia Brown Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BSHQ-73122 10-in. 7/26/1932 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quintet director  
Victor BSHQ-73123 10-in. 7/26/1932 China boy Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BS-73905 10-in. 11/2/1932 Back in the old Sunday school Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BS-73906 10-in. 11/2/1932 Sentimental gentleman from Georgia Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BS-73907 10-in. 11/2/1932 When Mother played the organ Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet director  
Victor BS-88965 10-in. 5/10/1935 'Way down yonder in New Orleans Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band session supervisor  
Victor BS-88966 10-in. 5/10/1935 Chinatown, my Chinatown Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band session supervisor  
Victor BS-88975 10-in. 5/28/1935 I'm just an ordinary human Carl Ravazza ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88976 10-in. 5/28/1935 Rhythm is our business Dudley Nix ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88977 10-in. 5/28/1935 Simply grand Armand Camgros ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88978 10-in. 5/28/1935 Rainbow Carl Ravazza ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88979 10-in. 5/28/1935 East of the sun (And west of the moon) Carl Ravazza ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88989 10-in. 6/24/1935 Dinah Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88990 10-in. 6/24/1935 Take it easy Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88991 10-in. 6/24/1935 You're the picture (I'm the frame) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88992 10-in. 6/24/1935 My very good friend the milkman Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88993 10-in. 6/24/1935 Blue because of you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88994 10-in. 6/24/1935 There's going to be the devil to pay Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88995 10-in. 6/24/1935 12th Street rag Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88996 10-in. 6/24/1935 There'll be some changes made Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-88997 10-in. 6/24/1935 Somebody stole my gal Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
(Results 1-25 of 719 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kirkeby, Ed," accessed September 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110664.

Kirkeby, Ed. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110664.

"Kirkeby, Ed." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 September 2020.

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