Charlie H. "Devil" Gaines (August 8, 1900 – November 23, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
As a teenager Gaines played in brass bands in Philadelphia. Gaines moved to New York City in 1920, where he joined the orchestra of Wilbur Sweatman. He soon signed on with Clarence Williams's house band, then played with Sam Wooding, Earl Walton, Leroy Smith, Fats Waller, Charlie Johnson, and the Hot Chocolates.
In the 1930s Gaines launched his own band in Philadelphia; he recorded occasionally, including once with Williams in 1934. Concomitantly he continued playing with Smith and also played in Louis Armstrong's orchestra. He continued to lead bands in Philadelphia into the 1950s, especially at the jazz venue Carroll's. In the 1960s he played in a trio at the Hangover Club. Gaines went into retirement in the 1970s.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 8th, 1900 (Philadelphia), Died November 23rd, 1986
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: cornet, trumpet, songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-49760||10-in.||3/1/1929||The minor drag||Fats Waller’s Buddies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-49761||10-in.||3/1/1929||Harlem fuss||Fats Waller’s Buddies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-94135||10-in.||8/26/1935||I can't dance (I got ants in my pants)||Bernard Addison and his Rhythm ; Jasper Thomas ; Kirby Walker||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152733||10-in.||5/9/1934||I can't dance, I got ants in my pants||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra ; Taft Jordan||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Decca||39324||10-in.||2/1/1935||Milk cow blues||The Birmingham Serenaders||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||39325||10-in.||2/1/1935||Black gal blues||The Birmingham Serenaders||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||39326||10-in.||2/1/1935||Papa de da da||The Birmingham Serenaders||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||39327||10-in.||2/1/1935||You're bound to look like a monkey when you get old||The Birmingham Serenaders||instrumentalist, cornet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaines, Charlie," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112698.
Gaines, Charlie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112698.
"Gaines, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.
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