Maurice Rocco

Maurice Rocco (born Maurice John Rockhold; June 26, 1915 – March 24, 1976) was an American pianist, singer, actor, and composer known for playing boogie-woogie piano and his disdain for using a piano bench. He was a top nightclub and theater draw in the 1940s, and made several film appearances. He toured the United States, Canada, and Europe before becoming a fixture in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was murdered.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 26, 1915 (Oxford), Died March 24, 1976 (Bangkok)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, leader

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D9VB-0992 10-in. 3/24/1949 Close your eyes Maurice Rocco ; The Rhythm (Maurice Rocco) Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor D9VB-0993 10-in. 3/24/1949 Why does it have to be me? Maurice Rocco ; The Rhythm (Maurice Rocco) Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 68161 10-in. 9/27/1940 Rocco blues Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68162 10-in. 9/27/1940 It's wearing me down Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68163 10-in. 9/27/1940 Rocco's boogie woogie Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68164 10-in. 9/27/1940 Jungle drums (Canto Karabali) Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68165 10-in. 9/27/1940 The donkey serenade Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68166 10-in. 9/27/1940 Tonky blues Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68167 10-in. 9/27/1940 Rhumboogie Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68168 10-in. 9/27/1940 Rhumboogie Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 93579 10-in. 3/11/1941 Tea for two Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 93580 10-in. 3/11/1941 Java jive Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 93581 10-in. 3/11/1941 The one I love (belongs to somebody else) Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 93582 10-in. 3/11/1941 Hold me baby Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 93583 10-in. 3/11/1941 How come you do me like you do ? Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 93584 10-in. 3/11/1941 Little Rock getaway Maurice Rocco and his Rockin' Rhythm instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rocco, Maurice," accessed March 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/208640.

Rocco, Maurice. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/208640.

"Rocco, Maurice." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 March 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/208640

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