Wally Bishop

Wallace Bishop (February 17, 1906 – May 2, 1986) was an American swing jazz drummer.

Bishop was born in Chicago, Illinois. He started on drums as a teenager, studying under Jimmy Bertrand. His first professional gig was with Art Sims and his Crole Roof Orchestra in Milwaukee, which he joined in 1926; around this time he also played with Jelly Roll Morton, Bernie Young, Hughie Swift, Richard M. Jones, and Tommy Dorsey. From 1928 to 1930 he played with Erskine Tate and, following this, with the Earl Hines Orchestra from 1931-1937. In the 1940s he played with Jimmie Noone (1941), Coleman Hawkins (1943), Don Redman, Phil Moore, Walter "Foots" Thomas, John Kirby (1946), Sy Oliver, Sammy Price, and Billy Kyle.

While touring Europe with Buck Clayton in 1949, Bishop elected to remain there, and found work both with noted European jazz musicians and with touring or expatriate Americans, including Bill Coleman, Don Byas, Ben Webster, Kid Ory, Milt Buckner, Buddy Tate, and T-Bone Walker. Bishop recorded only two pieces as a bandleader in 1950, with a trio, but he continued to record regularly into the 1970s.

He died in Hilversum, the Netherlands, aged 80.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 17th, 1906 (Chicago), Died May 2nd, 1986 (Hilversum)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 47 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-40820 10-in. 11/7/1927 Jazzin' baby blues Jazz Wizards ; Richard M. Jones Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-40821 10-in. 11/7/1927 African hunch Jazz Wizards ; Richard M. Jones Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-40822 10-in. 11/7/1927 Boar hog blues Jazz Wizards ; Richard M. Jones Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-40823 10-in. 11/7/1927 Who made you cry? (Sugar babe) Jazz Wizards ; Richard M. Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-50523 10-in. 2/25/1929 Can I tell you? King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-50524 10-in. 2/25/1929 Uncle Joe's stomp King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-50525 10-in. 2/25/1929 My good man Sam King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-50526 10-in. 2/25/1929 I can't be worried blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 39356 10-in. 2/12/1935 Disappointed in love Earl Hines Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 39357 10-in. 2/12/1935 Rhythm lullaby-1 Earl Hines Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 39358 10-in. 2/12/1935 Japanese sandman-2 Earl Hines Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 39359 10-in. 2/12/1935 Bubbling over-1 Earl Hines Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 39360 10-in. 2/12/1935 Blue because of you-2 Earl Hines Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 39361 10-in. 2/12/1935 Julia-3 Earl Hines Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73274 1/11/1946 Don't take everybody to be your friend Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73275 1/11/1946 Tell the world to sing Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73276 1/11/1946 How far from God Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73277 1/11/1946 When I move to the sky Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74153 11/24/1947 Beams of heaven Mary (Marie) Knight ; Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74154 11/24/1947 Up above my head I hear music in the air Mary (Marie) Knight ; Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74155 11/24/1947 My journey to the sky Mary (Marie) Knight ; Sister Rosetta Tharpe instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74160 11/25/1947 What could I do Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74161 11/25/1947 I must see Jesus Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74162 11/25/1947 The land beyond the river Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74163 11/25/1947 My heavenly Father watches me Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 1-25 of 47 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bishop, Wally," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113485.

Bishop, Wally. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113485.

"Bishop, Wally." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113485

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