Jimmy Forrest

James Robert Forrest Jr. (January 24, 1920 – August 26, 1980) was an American jazz musician, who played tenor saxophone throughout his career.

Forrest is known for his first solo recording of "Night Train". It reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart in March 1952, and stayed at the top for seven weeks. "Hey Mrs. Jones" (No. 3 R&B) and "Bolo Blues" were his other hits. All were made for United Records, which recorded Forrest between 1951 and 1953. He recorded frequently as both a sideman and a bandleader.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 24th, 1920 (St. Louis), Died August 26th, 1980 (Grand Rapids)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71535 10-in. 12/3/1943 Shorty boo Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71536 10-in. 12/3/1943 Fare Thee well honey Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71537 10-in. 12/3/1943 Baby don't you tell me no lie Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71538 10-in. 12/3/1943 Things 'bout comin' my way Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73161 10-in. 11/27/1945 Get together with the Lord The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73162 10-in. 11/27/1945 I know The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73163 10-in. 11/27/1945 Soothe me The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73264 1/3/1946 He's my baby Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73265 1/3/1946 Alabama bound Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73266 1/3/1946 Soothe me Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73267 1/3/1946 Doggin' man blues Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73590 5/23/1946 I don't know what I'd do without you Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73591 5/23/1946 I'm so lonesome I could cry Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73751 12/2/1946 Now you tell me Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73752 12/2/1946 Louella Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73753 12/2/1946 So soon The Four Knights instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73754 12/2/1946 I'm falling for you The Four Knights instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Forrest, Jimmy," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203331.

Forrest, Jimmy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203331.

"Forrest, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203331

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