George McClennon (died 1937, Chicago, Illinois, United States) was an American jazz clarinetist, singer, and dancer.
McClennon was the adoptive son of Bert Williams and worked in theater revues and in vaudeville in the 1910s. As a clarinetist, he specialized in the style known as gas pipe clarinet, using the instrument to make noises that sounded like animals or sound effects. He was able to dance wildly as he played for comic effect and often performed in blackface. He played with Eddie Heywood and Willie "The Lion" Smith, and recorded with a group called the Harlem Trio and under his own name for Okeh Records in 1924-1926. Sidemen on these recordings included Heywood, Buddy Christian, Bob Fuller, Charlie Irvis, John Lindsay, Tom Morris, and Clarence Williams. He died of tuberculosis in 1937.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1900, Died 1937
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1926
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, clarinet, composer, vocalist, lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||S-71510||Not documented||May 1923||[Unknown title(s)]||Harlem Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||S-71511||10-in.||May 1923||Clarinet laughing blues||Harlem Trio||Clarinet, banjo, and piano||composer, instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||S-71725||10-in.||Aug. 1923||Lady Luck blues||Harlem Trio ; Mamie Smith||Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||S-71726||10-in.||Aug. 1923||Kansas City man blues||Harlem Trio ; Mamie Smith||Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||S-72512||10-in.||5/9/1924||Box of blues||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader, composer|
|OKeh||S-72513||10-in.||5/9/1924||Dark alley blues||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader, composer|
|OKeh||S-72524||10-in.||May 1924||New Orleans wiggle||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-72525||10-in.||May 1924||Michigan water blues||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-72668||10-in.||7/16/1924||The funny blues||Harlem Trio||Instrumental trio||composer, instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||S-72669||10-in.||7/16/1924||The poor man's blues||Harlem Trio||Instrumental trio||composer, instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||S-72863||10-in.||Sept. 1924||Muddy waters blues||Harlem Trio ; George McClennon||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet, composer|
|OKeh||S-72864||10-in.||Sept. 1924||I ain't gonna blame it on the blues||Harlem Trio ; George McClennon||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet, composer|
|OKeh||S-72922||10-in.||Oct. 1924||Bass clarinet blues||Harlem Trio ; George McClennon||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, clarinet, composer|
|OKeh||S-73343||10-in.||May 1925||Cut throat blues||Eddie Heywood ; George McClennon||Clarinet solo, with piano||instrumentalist, clarinet, composer|
|OKeh||S-73344||10-in.||May 1925||Larkin Street blues||Eddie Heywood ; George McClennon||Clarinet solo, with piano||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||S-73359||10-in.||5/7/1925||Home alone blues||George McClennon Jazz Devils ; Eddie Heywood||Jazz/dance band, with piano||leader|
|OKeh||S-73360||10-in.||5/7/1925||Anybody here want to try my cabbage?||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-73425||10-in.||6/11/1925||Everybody but me||George McClennon||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist, leader|
|OKeh||S-73426||10-in.||6/11/1925||Bologny||George McClennon||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist, composer, lyricist, leader|
|OKeh||74177||10-in.||6/18/1926||Stolen kisses (Are the sweetest)||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||74178||10-in.||6/18/1926||While you're sneakin' out somebody else is easin' in||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||74320||10-in.||Sept. 1926||Pig foot blues||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band||leader, composer|
|OKeh||74321||10-in.||August 1926||Disaster||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet|
|OKeh||74375||10-in.||9/29/1926||Narrow escape||George McClennon Jazz Devils||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, vocalist|
|OKeh||74377||10-in.||9/29/1926||Cotton Club stomp||George McClennon's Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||leader, composer|
|OKeh||74378||10-in.||9/29/1926||[Unknown title(s)]||George McClennon's Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||74379||10-in.||9/29/1926||[Unknown title(s)]||George McClennon's Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McClennon, George," accessed September 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111967.
McClennon, George. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111967.
"McClennon, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 September 2021.
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