Corky Cornelius

Edward "Corky" Cornelius (December 3, 1914 – August 3, 1943) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Cornelius's father was a drummer who worked regionally in dance bands in Texas. He was born in Indiana and raised in Binghamton, New York, and began his career in the early 1930s, played with Les Brown, Frank Dailey, and Buddy Rogers. He joined Benny Goodman's band early in 1939, and went with Gene Krupa when the drummer split off to form his own group. While there, Cornelius met singer Irene Daye, whom he married soon after. He played with the Casa Loma Orchestra from 1941 until 1943, when he died suddenly of kidney failure.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 3rd, 1914, Died August 3rd, 1943

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-034649 10-in. 5/4/1939 Pick a rib Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-034650 10-in. 5/4/1939 You and your love Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-034651 10-in. 5/4/1939 Who'll buy my bublitchki? Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cornelius, Corky," accessed August 5, 2021,

Cornelius, Corky. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from

"Cornelius, Corky." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

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