June Lawrence Cole (1903, Springfield, Ohio – October 10, 1960, New York City) was an American jazz bassist, tubist, and singer.
Cole's first major employment in music was with the Synco Jazz Band in Ohio; this group later became McKinney's Cotton Pickers while Cole was still a member. He left the Cotton Pickers in 1926 to play under Fletcher Henderson, with whom he stayed until 1928. While with Henderson he played on recordings behind Bessie Smith. In 1928 he toured Europe with Bennie Peyton. He remained in Europe for over ten years, playing in the bands of Sam Wooding and Willie Lewis, but spent most of the years 1936-1939 out of music while recovering from a prolonged illness in Paris. He returned to the United States in 1941, leading his own bands in New York and playing in a quartet with Willie "The Lion" Smith in 1947. He continued playing locally in New York through the 1950s, and also ran a record store in Harlem.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1903 (Springfield), Died October 10th, 1960
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1927
Roles Represented in DAHR: tuba, vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-38159||10-in.||3/11/1927||Oh! Lizzie||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band (takes 1 and 2); with female vocal solo (takes 3-6)||vocalist|
|Columbia||W143125||10-in.||11/19/1926||Sweet thing||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W144918||10-in.||10/27/1927||Dyin' by the hour||Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, piano, and tuba||instrumentalist, tuba|
|Columbia||W144919||10-in.||10/27/1927||Foolish man blues||Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, tuba, and piano||instrumentalist, tuba|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cole, June," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112306.
Cole, June. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112306.
"Cole, June." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.
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