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June Richmond

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

Recordings

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 and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 66879 10-in. 11/15/1939 Please don't talk about me when I'm gone Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy ; Andy Kirk vocalist  
Decca 67010 10-in. 1/2/1940 Wham (Wham-re-bop-boom-bam) Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 67013 10-in. 1/2/1940 It always will be you Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 67893 10-in. 6/25/1940 Fine and mellow Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 67895 10-in. 6/25/1940 Fifteen minute intermission Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 67896 10-in. 6/25/1940 Take those blues away Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 67919 10-in. 7/8/1940 Midnight stroll Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 68546 10-in. 1/3/1941 Cuban boogie woogie Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 69520 10-in. 7/17/1941 47th Street jive Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 71050 10-in. 7/14/1942 Hey lawdy Mama Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 71052 10-in. 7/14/1942 Ride on, ride on Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 71241 10-in. 7/31/1942 Hip hip hooray Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy vocalist  
Decca 71242 10-in. 7/31/1942 Unlucky blues Andy Kirk and his 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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Richmond, June," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116263.

Richmond, June. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116263.

"Richmond, June." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116263

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