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Johnny Blowers

John G. Blowers Jr. (April 21, 1911 – July 17, 2006) was an American drummer of the swing era. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Blowers ("Blau-ers") learned to play percussion during his schooldays and began performing with the Bob Pope Band in 1936. Blowers attended college at Oglethorpe College, now Oglethorpe University.

In 1937 he travelled to New York City, where he found employment as a drummer in Greenwich Village. In 1938 he joined Bunny Berigan's band, and in 1942 he began performing with the up-and-coming Frank Sinatra, who asked Blowers to record with him. They performed and recorded together regularly until the 1950s. In 1947, he opened Club Blowers in the Queens district.

In addition to Sinatra, Blowers performed with Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Sidney Bechet, Eddie Fisher, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, and Mel Tormé.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 21st, 1911, Died July 17th, 2006

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 82 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 68132 10-in. 9/20/1940 When you got to go you got to go Bob Pope Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 68133 10-in. 9/20/1940 That's all I ask of you Bob Pope Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 68134 10-in. 9/20/1940 I want my Lagniappe Bob Pope Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 68135 10-in. 9/20/1940 Stop teasing me Bob Pope Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71482 10-in. 11/3/1943 Cow cow boogie (Cuma-ti-yi-yi-ay) Ella Fitzgerald ; Ink Spots instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72404 10-in. 10/4/1944 Lover man (oh, where can you be?) Billie Holiday instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72405 10-in. 10/4/1944 No more Billie Holiday instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72692 10-in. 1/14/1945 Jodie man Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72693 10-in. 1/14/1945 I wonder-1 Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72933 10-in. 6/14/1945 Lady be good-1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72934 10-in. 6/14/1945 Swanee-2 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74030 8/6/1947 Aunt Hagar's blues Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74031 8/6/1947 Down among the sheltering palms Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74032 8/6/1947 Rose of the Rio Grande Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 74033 8/6/1947 Ida, sweet as apple cider Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 75227 9/6/1949 That lucky old sun Louis Armstrong ; Gordon Jenkins and his Chorus and Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 75228 9/6/1949 Blueberry hill-1 Louis Armstrong ; Gordon Jenkins and his Chorus and Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76426 5/29/1950 I'm forever blowing bubbles Gordon Jenkins ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76427 5/29/1950 You're mine, you! Gordon Jenkins ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76528 6/26/1950 La vie en rose Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76529 6/26/1950 C' est si bon Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76662 7/19/1950 Three little words Bill Darnell instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76663 7/19/1950 Pink champagne Bill Darnell instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76664 7/19/1950 Well, oh well Bill Darnell instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 76750 8/25/1950 Dream a little dream on me Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 1-25 of 82 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Blowers, Johnny," accessed April 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/304724.

Blowers, Johnny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/304724.

"Blowers, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/304724

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