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Frank Socolow

Frank Socolow (September 18, 1923 – April 30, 1981), born in New York City, was a jazz saxophonist and oboist, noted for his tenor playing.

Socolow began his career in the early 1940s playing in swing bands led by Jack Nelson, Georgie Auld, Ted Fio Rito, Roy Stevens, Van Alexander and Shep Fields. In 1944 he landed the first of three stints (the others being in 1948 and 1956–57) with Boyd Raeburn's Orchestra, recording a number of records. In 1945 he recorded a session as leader (the first of only two) with Freddie Webster and a young Bud Powell for Duke Records.

He was a member of Buddy Rich's short-lived big band, toured Scandinavia 1947-48 with Chubby Jackson, joined Artie Shaw's big band 1949-50, and throughout the late 40s and the 50s recorded with a wide variety of artists including the aforementioned, Johnny Bothwell, Charlie Ventura, Gene Krupa, Sal Salvador, Maynard Ferguson, Terry Gibbs, Phil Woods, Cecil Payne, Manny Albam, Hal McKusick, Johnny Richards, Bill Russo, Joe Morello, and Bobby Scott. His second record session as leader, and only full album release, Sounds by Socolow, came in 1956 for Bethlehem Records, with arrangements by Bill Holman, Manny Albam, and Sal Salvador, the latter also contributing guitar. Socolow died in New York in 1981.

With Bobby Scott, Red Kelly, and Kenny Hume, Socolow was part of a jazz quartet that played at the side of the stage during the Broadway performances of "A Taste of Honey," at the Lyceum Theatre, October 3, 1960, through September 9 1961.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 18, 1923 (New York City), Died April 30, 1981 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, reeds

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 75639 12/30/1949 Orinoco Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75640 12/30/1949 Mucha de nada Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75641 1/3/1950 Love is the sweetest thing-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75642 1/3/1950 I get a kick out of you-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75679 1/6/1950 Love walked in-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75680 1/6/1950 So easy-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88955 11/8/1955 Zanzy Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 88956 11/8/1955 Ida bridges falling down Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 88957 11/8/1955 O dem bums Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 88958 11/8/1955 Close cover before striking Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89749 4/10/1956 Frank, but Ernest Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89750 4/10/1956 Close cover before striking Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89751 4/10/1956 From A to Z Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89752 4/10/1956 It looks like rain Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89753 4/11/1956 we three Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89754 4/11/1956 The flat cap Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89755 4/11/1956 The Sonn also rises Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89756 4/11/1956 Lmeon twist Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100871 10/3/1956 S' posin' Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100872 10/3/1956 Why don't you do right-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100873 10/3/1956 King Porter stomp-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100874 10/3/1956 After you've gone-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100875 10/3/1956 I'll buy that dream-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100876 10/3/1956 Take care-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100877 10/3/1956 I'll be back for more-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100878 10/4/1956 The roarin' fifties-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100879 10/4/1956 The sky fell down-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100880 10/4/1956 Prisoner of love-3 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100881 10/4/1956 I'm glad there is you-3 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100882 10/4/1956 Temptation-3 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103488 10/10/1957 I feel pretty Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103489 10/10/1957 Cool Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103490 10/11/1957 Maria Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103491 10/11/1957 Prologue and Jet song Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103492 10/11/1957 Tonight Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103493 10/11/1957 Something's coming Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103494 10/11/1957 Somewhere Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103495 10/11/1957 Finale: I feel pretty/America/One hand Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104024 1/20/1958 Elmer's tune Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104025 1/20/1958 Booglie wooglie piggy Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104026 1/20/1958 Serenade in blue Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104027 1/21/1958 Chattanooga choo choo Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 104028 1/21/1958 Perfidia Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 104638 3/28/1958 La rue Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca 104639 3/28/1958 Now's the time Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca 104640 3/28/1958 Whisper not Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca 104641 3/28/1958 The last day of Fall Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca 106711 3/2/1959 Blue and sentimental Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106712 3/2/1959 The thrill is gone Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106713 3/2/1959 Melancholy nights Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106714 3/2/1959 Melancholy is a friend of mine Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106747 3/6/1959 Blue and broken hearted Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106748 3/6/1959 Am I blue? Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106749 3/6/1959 Sentimental and melancholy Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 106750 3/6/1959 A lover is blue Mary Ann McCall instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107309 5/12/1959 Laura Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107310 5/12/1959 Three cornered hat Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107311 5/14/1959 Walk softly Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107312 5/14/1959 The way you look tonight Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107313 5/19/1959 You go to my head Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107314 5/19/1959 Sunday's child Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107315 5/19/1959 Run wild Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107316 6/9/1959 Yemaya Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107317 6/6/1959 Tempest on the Charles-1 Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107318 6/9/1959 Alone together Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 107319 6/6/1959 Oscar G. blues Johnny Richards Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 110 10-in. 2/12/1945 I'll remember April Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 111 10-in. 2/12/1945 Street of dreams Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 112 10-in. 2/12/1945 Our delight Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 113 10-in. 2/12/1945 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 126 10-in. 1945 Laura Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 127 10-in. 1945 Lonely serenade Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 128 10-in. 1945 Ill wind Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 134 10-in. 1945 Seventh Avenue Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 135 10-in. 1945 John's other wife Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 136 10-in. 1945 The trouble with me is you Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Socolow, Frank," accessed June 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209649.

Socolow, Frank. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209649.

"Socolow, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 June 2024.

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