George McClennon

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

Recordings (Results 26-27 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-27 of 27 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111967

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