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|
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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