Randolph E. Brooks (March 15, 1919 – March 21, 1967) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Brooks began on trumpet at age six, and by eleven was touring with Rudy Vallee. He then worked with Claude Thornhill, Bob Allen, Bernie Cummins, Art Jarrett, and Les Brown before founding his own band in 1944. John Benson Brooks (no relation) contributed arrangements to the ensemble, and Stan Getz played in it in 1946. Among his hits for Decca Records were "Tenderly", "Harlem Nocturne" and "The Man With The Horn", but his swing-based style and large ensemble were out of step with the times, and his success eroded toward the end of the decade.
He married Ina Ray Hutton and moved to Los Angeles, where he suffered a stroke and was unable to continue as a musician. He died of smoke inhalation in a fire at his Sanford, Maine, apartment. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford, Maine, beside his parents.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 15th, 1919, Died 1967
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 39 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-021819||10-in.||3/25/1938||Cry, baby, cry||California Ramblers ; Myron Hanley ; Kay Ray||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-021820||10-in.||3/25/1938||Little Lady Make Believe||California Ramblers ; Myron Hanley ; Rhythm Quads||Jazz/dance band, with vocal quartet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-021821||10-in.||3/25/1938||Two shadows||California Ramblers ; Myron Hanley ; Kay Ray||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-021822||10-in.||3/25/1938||College humor||California Ramblers ; Myron Hanley ; Rhythm Quads||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-021823||10-in.||3/25/1938||(I'm glad) I waited for you||California Ramblers ; Myron Hanley||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-021824||10-in.||3/25/1938||Stolen heaven||California Ramblers ; Myron Hanley||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-046077||10-in.||1/5/1940||Thank your stars||Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-046078||10-in.||1/5/1940||I've got no strings||Janet Blair ; Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-046079||10-in.||1/5/1940||Give a little whistle||Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-046080||10-in.||1/5/1940||Playmates||Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72954||10-in.||6/25/1945||Land of the loom||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72955||10-in.||6/25/1945||I'd do it all over again||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72964||10-in.||7/2/1945||No more Toujours l'amour||Randy Brooks||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72965||10-in.||7/2/1945||I'd do it all over again||Randy Brooks||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72966||10-in.||7/2/1945||I'm gonna love that guy||Randy Brooks||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72995||10-in.||8/3/1945||I'm gonna love that guy||Randy Brooks ; Marion Hutton||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72996||10-in.||8/3/1945||Benny's comin' home on Saturday||Randy Brooks ; Marion Hutton||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72997||10-in.||8/3/1945||Holiday forever||Randy Brooks||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73020||10-in.||8/29/1945||A kiss goodnight||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73021||10-in.||8/29/1945||Benny's coming home on Saturday||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73171||10-in.||12/3/1945||Thunder rock||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73208||10-in.||12/3/1945||Harlem nocturne||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73209||10-in.||12/3/1945||I never thought I'd sing the blues||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73210||10-in.||12/3/1945||In a moon mist||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73211||10-in.||12/3/1945||Don't let me dream||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brooks, Randy," accessed October 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/305749.
Brooks, Randy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/305749.
"Brooks, Randy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 October 2021.
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