Morris Ellis White
Morris Ellis "Fruit" White (January 17, 1911 – November 1986) was an American jazz banjoist and guitarist.
White was born in Nashville and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He played in the 1920s with Charlie Creath, Dewey Jackson and Ethel Waters before joining The Missourians in 1928. In 1930, Cab Calloway became the leader of the ensemble and White became one of his most important sidemen, and remained with Calloway's band into 1938. He played with Lionel Hampton in 1941, then left the music industry for good.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 17, 1911, Died 1986
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: banjo
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-53802||10-in.||6/3/1929||Market street stomp||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-53803||10-in.||6/3/1929||Ozark mountain blues||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-53804||10-in.||6/3/1929||You'll cry for me, but I'll be gone||Missourians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-53805||10-in.||6/3/1929||Missouri moan||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-53971||10-in.||8/1/1929||I've got someone||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-53972||10-in.||8/1/1929||'400' hop||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-53973||10-in.||8/1/1929||Vine Street drag||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-59173||10-in.||2/17/1930||Two hundred squabble||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-59174||10-in.||2/17/1930||Swingin' dem cats||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-59175||10-in.||2/17/1930||Stoppin' the traffic||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Victor||BVE-59176||10-in.||2/17/1930||Prohibition blues||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, banjo|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "White, Morris Ellis," accessed December 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115036.
White, Morris Ellis. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115036.
"White, Morris Ellis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 December 2023.
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