Elmer, or Elbert, "Skippy" Williams (July 27, 1916 – February 28, 1994) was a jazz tenor saxophonist, and musical arranger.
First credited as the arranger for some July 12, 1939 recordings for Earl Hines and His Orchestra, Skippy Williams is best known as the substitute for Ben Webster in Duke Ellington's orchestra. Replacing Webster in August 1943, Williams appears on Ellinton's Carnegie Hall recordings in December 1943. He left Ellington in May 1944, to start his own band and was replaced by Big Al Sears.
In the mid-1940s he gave tenor sax classes to Pepper Adams in Rochester, NY, and was working with Thelonious Monk in 1946, credited as bandleader for Monk.
Williams also worked with Art Tatum, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Lucky Millinder, Bob Chester, and, according to some sources, played tenor sax on the original recording of Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock", and "Shake, Rattle and Roll",. This claim is, however, false.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 27th, 1916, Died February 28th, 1994
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-038257||10-in.||7/12/1939||Ridin' and jivin'||Earl Hines Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Decca||69365||10-in.||6/13/1941||Do you dig my jive?||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, tenor saxophone|
|Decca||69366||10-in.||6/13/1941||I know how to do it||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, tenor saxophone|
|Decca||69367||10-in.||6/13/1941||Valetta||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, tenor saxophone|
|Decca||69368||10-in.||6/13/1941||Boogie woogie man||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, tenor saxophone|
|Decca||81341||8/6/1951||Cherokee boogie||Joey Thomas Orchestra||instrumentalist, baritone saxophone|
|Decca||81342||8/6/1951||Hobo boogie||Joey Thomas Orchestra||instrumentalist, baritone saxophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Skippy," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113569.
Williams, Skippy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113569.
"Williams, Skippy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.
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