Robert Stanley "Bobby" Donaldson (November 29, 1922, Boston – 1971) was an American jazz and R&B drummer.
After playing locally in the early 1940s, Donaldson played with Russell Procope while serving in the Army in New York City. In 1946–47 Donaldson worked with Cat Anderson, and following this played with Edmond Hall, Andy Kirk, Lucky Millinder, Buck Clayton, Red Norvo, and Sy Oliver/Louis Armstrong. He was a prolific session musician for much of the 1950s and 1960s, playing with Helen Merrill, Ruby Braff, Mel Powell, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Bobby Jaspar, Herbie Mann, André Hodeir, Kenny Burrell, Lonnie Johnson, Frank Wess, Willis Jackson, and Johnny Hodges.
Early in his career he played with the Boston Symphony.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 29, 1922 (Boston), Died July 2, 1971
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||83301||8/25/1952||I laughed at love||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||83302||8/25/1952||Takes two to tango||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84721||6/16/1953||I'm goin' home||Freddie Mitchell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84722||6/16/1953||Blowin' mighty||Freddie Mitchell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84723||6/16/1953||Roses of Picardy||Freddie Mitchell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84724||6/16/1953||Slow blues||Freddie Mitchell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89415||2/23/1956||Don't you weep, O Mary don't you weep||Sister Rosetta Tharpe||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89416||2/23/1956||I've done wrong||Sister Rosetta Tharpe||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89417||2/23/1956||I can hear the angels||Sister Rosetta Tharpe||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89418||2/23/1956||Father prepare me||Sister Rosetta Tharpe||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Donaldson, Bobby," accessed December 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/312590.
Donaldson, Bobby. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/312590.
"Donaldson, Bobby." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 December 2023.
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