June Richmond (July 9, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois – August 14, 1962 in Gothenburg, Sweden) was an American jazz singer and actor.
June Richmond is considered the first African-American jazz singer who sang regularly in a white band when she appeared in 1938, Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra. She previously worked at Les Hite in California, and after her time at Dorsey she joined Cab Calloway (1938) and then worked from 1939 to 1942 in Andy Kirk's orchestra. After she left Kirk, she launched a successful career as a soloist; in 1948 she appeared mostly in Europe. She first settled in France, where she sang worked with Henri Renaud, and later in Scandinavia.
Her only recordings under her own name originated in 1951 when she recorded four titles in Stockholm with Svend Asmussen. In 1957 in Paris, she recorded another four numbers with the orchestra of Quincy Jones, "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues", "Sleep", "Everybody's Doing It" and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea". She was also an actor in the 1940s and 1950s, as in the American Reet, Petite, and Gone (1947) and the German Liebe, Jazz und Übermut (1957).
June Richmond died at age 47 of a heart attack.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 9th, 1915 (Chicago), Died August 14th, 1962 (Gothenburg)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1943
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||63431||10-in.||3/16/1938||Joseph! Joseph!||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63436||10-in.||3/16/1938||The weekend of a private secretary||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63691||10-in.||4/29/1938||The Darktown Strutters' Ball||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63718||10-in.||5/6/1938||If you were in my place||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63719||10-in.||5/6/1938||I let a song go out of my heart||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||65249||10-in.||3/23/1939||(I wanna go where you go) Then I'll be happy||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||66879||10-in.||11/15/1939||Please don't talk about me when I'm gone||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||67010||10-in.||1/2/1940||Wham (Wham-re-bop-boom-bam)||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||67013||10-in.||1/2/1940||It always will be you||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||67893||10-in.||6/25/1940||Fine and mellow||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||67895||10-in.||6/25/1940||Fifteen minute intermission||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||67896||10-in.||6/25/1940||Take those blues away||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||67919||10-in.||7/8/1940||Midnight stroll||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||68546||10-in.||1/3/1941||Cuban boogie woogie||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||69520||10-in.||7/17/1941||47th Street jive||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||71050||10-in.||7/14/1942||Hey lawdy Mama||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||71052||10-in.||7/14/1942||Ride on, ride on||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||71241||10-in.||7/31/1942||Hip hip hooray||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||71242||10-in.||7/31/1942||Unlucky blues||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||vocalist|
|Decca||71536||10-in.||12/3/1943||Fare Thee well honey||Andy Kirk Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||71537||10-in.||12/3/1943||Baby don't you tell me no lie||Andy Kirk Orchestra||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Richmond, June," accessed October 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116263.
Richmond, June. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116263.
"Richmond, June." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 October 2021.
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