Joe Sanders

Joseph L. "Joe" Sanders (October 15, 1896, Thayer, Kansas - May 14, 1965, Kansas City, Missouri) was an American jazz pianist, singer, and band leader associated with Kansas City jazz for most of his career.

Sanders was best known for co-leading the Coon-Sanders' Nighthawks along with Carleton Coon (1894–1932). The pair formed the group in 1920 in Kansas City under the name Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, broadcast for the first time on radio the following year, and became known as the Nighthawks because of their frequent appearances on late night radio. They recorded in Chicago in 1924 and held a residency at the Blackhawk club in that city from 1926. The ensemble toured as a Midwestern territory band, and after Coon's death Sanders continued to lead the band under his own name.

Sanders worked mostly in Hollywood studios in the 1940s, and occasionally led performances at the Blackhawk once again. He was a vocalist for the Kansas City Opera in the 1950s.

Sanders' brother, Roy Sanders (National League pitcher), was a professional baseball player.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1896, Died 1965

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, tenor vocal, composer, leader, arranger, songwriter, director, vocalist, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 182 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-26852 10-in. 8/31/1922 Martha (Just a plain old-fashioned name) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-29837 10-in. 4/5/1924 Night hawk blues Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer, vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-29838 10-in. 4/6/1924 Red hot mamma Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-29839 10-in. 4/6/1924 Oriental love dreams Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-29840 10-in. 4/6/1924 There's no one just like you Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-29868 10-in. 4/7/1924 Why don't my dreams come true Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-29869 10-in. 4/7/1924 My daddy's dreamtime lullaby Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31152 10-in. 11/9/1924 Lazy waters Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31153 10-in. 11/9/1924 Moonlight and you Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-31154 10-in. 11/9/1924 Brown eyes Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31172 10-in. 11/13/1924 Some of these days Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31173 10-in. 11/13/1924 My best gal Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31189 10-in. 11/16/1924 Show me the way Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31190 10-in. 11/16/1924 Jing-a-ling-a-ling Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-32768 10-in. 7/13/1925 I'm gonna Charleston back to Charleston Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-32769 10-in. 7/13/1925 Alone at last Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-32770 10-in. 7/13/1925 I can't realize Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-33104 10-in. 7/24/1925 When I think of you Carleton A. Coon ; Joe Sanders Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-33107 10-in. 7/24/1925 Dreaming of tomorrow Carleton A. Coon ; Joe Sanders Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-33108 10-in. 7/24/1925 Lonesome Carleton A. Coon ; Joe Sanders Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-33109 10-in. 7/24/1925 Because of you (The world is mine) Carleton A. Coon ; Joe Sanders Male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-33157 10-in. 8/7/1925 Hong Kong dream girl Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-33158 10-in. 8/7/1925 Who wouldn't love you Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra ; Joe Sanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-33159 10-in. 8/7/1925 That's all there is (There ain't no more) Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra ; Carleton A. Coon Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-33200 10-in. 7/28/1925 Yes, sir! That's my baby Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 182 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sanders, Joe," accessed November 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113533.

Sanders, Joe. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113533.

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