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 201-225 of 719 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-95531 10-in. 10/19/1935 Santa Claus is comin' to town California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor, vocalist  
Victor BS-95532 10-in. 10/19/1935 Where am I? (Am I in heaven?) California Ramblers ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor, vocalist  
Victor BS-95533 10-in. 10/19/1935 Broadway rhythm California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, session supervisor  
Victor BS-95534 10-in. 10/19/1935 I'd rather listen to your eyes California Ramblers ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor, vocalist  
Victor BS-95535 10-in. 10/19/1935 Here's to romance California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, session supervisor  
Victor BS-95536 10-in. 10/21/1935 Just one of those things Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-95537 10-in. 10/21/1935 Smooth Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-95538 10-in. 10/21/1935 You hit the spot Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-95539 10-in. 10/21/1935 Thunder over paradise Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-95540 10-in. 10/21/1935 If I should lose you Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-95541 10-in. 10/21/1935 I feel like a feather in the breeze Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-95542 10-in. 10/21/1935 I'm painting the town red Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-95559 10-in. 10/22/1935 Last letter Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble session supervisor  
Victor BS-95560 10-in. 10/22/1935 Poor herder Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble session supervisor  
Victor BS-95561 10-in. 10/22/1935 My dream Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble session supervisor  
Victor BS-95562 10-in. 10/22/1935 Old Gypsy Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble session supervisor  
Victor BS-95563 10-in. 10/22/1935 Sad tree leaves Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble session supervisor  
Victor BS-95564 10-in. 10/22/1935 The wooden spoon Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra Instrumental ensemble session supervisor  
Victor BS-95675 10-in. 10/29/1935 The farmer in the dell Clifford Johns Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio director  
Victor BS-95676 10-in. 10/29/1935 Ring around a rosy Clifford Johns Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio director  
Victor BS-95677 10-in. 10/29/1935 Little Tommy Tucker Clifford Johns Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio director  
Victor BS-95678 10-in. 10/29/1935 Robin sing for me Clifford Johns Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio director  
Victor CS-95683 12-in. 10/31/1935 Porgy and Bess Helen Jepson ; Nathaniel Shilkret Soprano vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra session supervisor  
Victor BS-98094 10-in. 11/20/1935 How do I rate with you? California Ramblers ; Joan Hope Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo session supervisor  
Victor BS-98100 10-in. 11/7/1935 Two hearts carved on a lonesome pine Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo session supervisor  
(Results 201-225 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110664

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