Joe Sanders

Joseph L. Sanders (October 26, 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 October 15, 1896, Died May 14, 1965

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1936

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

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Recordings (Results 176-189 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca C 90538 10-in. 12/20/1935 Nighty-night dear Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90539 10-in. 12/20/1935 Hollywood at Vine Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90540 10-in. 12/20/1935 Here comes my ball and chain Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90772 10-in. 6/20/1936 These foolish things Joe Sanders Orchestra ; Vince Neff vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca C 90773 10-in. 6/20/1936 My first thrill Joe Sanders Orchestra ; Vince Neff vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca C 90774 10-in. 6/20/1936 I'll never let you go Joe Sanders Orchestra ; Vince Neff vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca C 90775 10-in. 6/20/1936 I'm one step ahead of my shadow Joe Sanders Orchestra ; Vince Neff vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 90777 10-in. 6/24/1936 Sugar girl blues Vince Neff vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca C 90887 10-in. 9/25/1936 You're slightly terrific Joe Sanders Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90888 10-in. 9/25/1936 There goes my attraction Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90889 10-in. 9/25/1936 You do the darndest things, baby Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90890 10-in. 9/25/1936 And they said it wouldn't last Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90891 10-in. 9/25/1936 Anything your little heart desires Joe Sanders Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90892 10-in. 9/25/1936 I could be in heaven Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
(Results 176-189 of 189 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sanders, Joe," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113533.

Sanders, Joe. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113533.

"Sanders, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

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