Dick Wilson

Dick Wilson (November 11, 1911 – November 24, 1941) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, best known for his work with the Andy Kirk big band.

Wilson was born in Mount Vernon, Illinois, raised in Seattle, and went to high school in Los Angeles. He started on piano and learned saxophone in Seattle from saxophonist Joe Darensbourg. He became a member of Darensbourg's band in 1930. In 1936, he joined Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy. Wilson was a member of Kirk's band until 1941 when he died of tuberculosis in New York City.

With Mary Lou Williams and Pha Terrell, Wilson was one of the most striking musical personalities in the band. He cultivated a style that has been compared to Lester Young's because of similar characteristics in their solos.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 11, 1911 (Illinois), Died November 24, 1941 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 60852 10-in. 3/2/1936 Walkin' and swingin'-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60853 10-in. 3/2/1936 Moten swing Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60854 10-in. 3/2/1936 Lotta sax appeal Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60861 10-in. 3/3/1936 Git Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60862 10-in. 3/3/1936 All the jive is gone Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60865 10-in. 3/4/1936 Froggy bottom Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60866 10-in. 3/4/1936 Bearcat shuffle Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60867 10-in. 3/4/1936 Steppin' pretty Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60874 10-in. 3/7/1936 Christopher Columbus Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60876 10-in. 3/7/1936 Corky-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60886 10-in. 3/11/1936 I'se a-muggin' Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60887 10-in. 3/11/1936 Until the real thing comes along Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60961 10-in. 3/31/1936 Puddin' head serenade Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60972 10-in. 4/2/1936 Until the real thing comes along Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60973 10-in. 4/3/1936 Blue illusion Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60974 10-in. 4/3/1936 Cloudy Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61003 10-in. 4/7/1936 Give her a pint (and she'll tell it all) Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61463 10-in. 12/9/1936 Fifty-Second Street Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61464 10-in. 12/9/1936 The lady who swings the band Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61465 10-in. 12/9/1936 What will I tell my heart? Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61466 10-in. 12/9/1936 Dedicated to you Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61598 10-in. 2/15/1937 Wednesday night hop-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61599 10-in. 2/15/1937 Skies are blue Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61950 10-in. 2/15/1937 Downstream Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61951 10-in. 2/15/1937 In the groove Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 108 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wilson, Dick," accessed January 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/211137.

Wilson, Dick. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/211137.

"Wilson, Dick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 January 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/211137

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