Bill Rank

William C. Rank (June 8, 1904 – May 20, 1979) was an American jazz trombonist.

Rank was born in Lafayette, Indiana, United States, and initially worked in Indiana and Florida. In 1922, Rank played trombone in Tade's Singing Orchestra, which was led by violinist, Tade Dolen. Between 1923 and 1927 he played with Jean Goldkette's band in Detroit and often recorded with Bix Beiderbecke. After playing with Adrian Rollini in 1927 and a period as a freelance, Rank joined Paul Whiteman's band, and stayed until 1938. He was then a studio musician in Hollywood into the early 1940s, when he moved to Cincinnati. There, he led a tenet for the rest of the 1940s.

Rank then changed to playing part-time while also working in insurance. His one album as a leader, a tribute to Beiderbecke, was recorded in 1973. Rank continued playing until a short time before his death, on May 20, 1979, in Cincinnati.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 8, 1904 (Lafayette), Died May 20, 1979 (Cincinnati)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone

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Recordings (Results 76-85 of 85 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-06558 12-in. 3/28/1937 All points West Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-042546 10-in. 3/3/1940 Frenesi Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-042547 10-in. 3/3/1940 Adios, Mariquita linda Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-042548 10-in. 3/3/1940 Gloomy Sunday Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Pauline Byrne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-042549 10-in. 3/3/1940 My fantasy Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Pauline Byrne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-042550 10-in. 3/3/1940 A deserted farm Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-042551 10-in. 3/3/1940 Don't fall asleep Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Pauline Byrne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W80391 10-in. 2/4/1927 Trumbology Bix Beiderbecke ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with cornet and guitar instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W80392 10-in. 2/4/1927 Clarinet marmalade Bix Beiderbecke ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with cornet and guitar instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W80393 10-in. 2/4/1927 Singin' the blues Bix Beiderbecke ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with cornet and guitar instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 76-85 of 85 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rank, Bill," accessed April 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112842.

Rank, Bill. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112842.

"Rank, Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112842

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