Sandy Block

Sandy Block, also credited as Sid Block (January 16, 1917 - October 1985) was an American jazz bassist.

Block played violin as a child, and grew up in Cleveland and Brooklyn. He picked up bass in high school and worked professionally in big bands from the late 1930s. He worked with Van Alexander, Chick Webb, Alvino Rey, and Tommy Dorsey and recorded with Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. He played with Charlie Parker on the only television appearance Parker ever made.

After the 1950s Block worked extensively as a studio musician, including for folk ensembles such as The Greenbriar Boys. He played with Jimmy McPartland and Johnny Costa, but went into semi-retirement after the 1960s.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 16th, 1917, Died October 1st, 1985

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

See Also: Block, Sid

Recordings (Results 276-297 of 297 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 101505 1/30/1957 Angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101506 1/30/1957 Angela mia Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101507 1/30/1957 The prisoner's song Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101508 1/30/1957 Goodnight angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101509 1/30/1957 I'll string along with you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101510 1/30/1957 And the angels sing Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104877 4/24/1958 Early in the morning Bobby Darin instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104878 4/24/1958 Mighty, mighty man Bobby Darin instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104879 4/24/1958 You're mine Bobby Darin instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104880 4/24/1958 Now we're one Bobby Darin instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 105182 6/19/1958 Early in the morning Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 105183 6/19/1958 Now we're one Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 105869 10/21/1958 True love ways (MC 7461 MCA MCA-3040) Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 105870 10/21/1958 It doesn't matter anymore (MC 7456 MCA MCA-40905) Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 105871 10/21/1958 Raining in my heart (MC 7460 MCA MCA-3040) Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 105872 10/21/1958 Moondreams Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 107694 6/30/1959 (MC 7462 MCA MCA2-3040) Peggy Sue got married Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 107695 12/14/1958 Crying, waiting, hoping Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 108598 1/19/1960 That's what they say Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 108599 1/19/1960 What to do Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 108600 12/17/1958 Learning the game Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 108601 12/8/1958 That makes it tough Buddy Holly instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 276-297 of 297 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Block, Sandy," accessed October 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112796.

Block, Sandy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112796.

"Block, Sandy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112796

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