Thelma Terry

Thelma Terry (born Thelma Combes, September 30, 1901 – May 30, 1966) was an American bandleader and bassist during the 1920s and 1930s. She led Thelma Terry and Her Playboys and was the first American woman to lead a notable jazz orchestra as an instrumentalist.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 30th, 1901 (Bangor), Died May 30th, 1966 (Michigan)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W145852 10-in. 3/29/1928 Mama's gone, good bye Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W145853 10-in. 3/29/1928 Lady of Havana Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W145854 10-in. 3/29/1928 The voice of the Southland (Keeps callin' me home) Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W145855 10-in. 3/29/1928 Starlight and tulips Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W146961 10-in. 9/7/1928 When sweet Susie goes steppin' by Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W146962 10-in. 9/7/1928 Dusky stevedore Joe Davis ; Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Terry, Thelma," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115991.

Terry, Thelma. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115991.

"Terry, Thelma." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115991

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