Dave "Panama" Francis

David Albert "Panama" Francis (December 21, 1918 – November 13, 2001) was an American swing jazz drummer who played on numerous hit recordings in the 1950s.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21, 1918 (Miami), Died November 11, 2001 (Orlando)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 67292 10-in. 3/12/1940 Elephant swing Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67293 10-in. 3/12/1940 Boogie woogie camp meeting Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67294 10-in. 3/12/1940 Summer rhapsody Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67295 10-in. 3/12/1940 You're the maker of rain in my heart Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69437 10-in. 6/27/1941 Trouble in mind Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69438 10-in. 6/27/1941 Slide, Mr. Trombone Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69439 10-in. 6/27/1941 Ride, Red, ride Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69440 10-in. 6/27/1941 Rock, Daniel-1 Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69441 10-in. 6/27/1941 That's all Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69706 10-in. 9/5/1941 Big fat Mama Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69707 10-in. 9/5/1941 Shout, sister, shout Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69708 10-in. 9/5/1941 Apollo jump Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69709 10-in. 9/5/1941 Rock me Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69908 10-in. 11/6/1941 Hey Huss! Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69909 10-in. 11/6/1941 Let me off uptown Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69910 10-in. 11/6/1941 That's all Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69911 10-in. 11/6/1941 How about that mess? Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70344 10-in. 2/18/1942 Fightin' Doug McArthur Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70345 10-in. 2/18/1942 I want a tall skinny Papa Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70346 10-in. 2/18/1942 We're gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70347 10-in. 2/18/1942 Savoy Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71243 10-in. 7/29/1942 Are you ready? Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71244 10-in. 7/29/1942 Mason flyer Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71245 10-in. 7/29/1942 When the lights go on again Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71246 10-in. 7/29/1942 Little John special Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71451 10-in. 10/19/1943 Don't cry baby Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71452 10-in. 10/19/1943 Sweet slumber Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 71453 10-in. 10/19/1943 Shipyard social function Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72177 10-in. 5/25/1944 Hurry hurry Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72178 10-in. 5/25/1944 Darlin' Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72179 10-in. 5/25/1944 I can't see for lookin' Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72180 10-in. 5/25/1944 Who threw the whiskey in the well Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72181 10-in. 5/25/1944 Lover man Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72949 10-in. 6/22/1945 Someday Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72950 6/22/1945 [Unknown title(s)] Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72951 6/22/1945 [Unknown title(s)] Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72952 10-in. 6/22/1945 All the time Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 72953 10-in. 6/22/1945 How big can you get little man Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73395 2/26/1946 How big can you get Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73396 2/26/1946 More, more, more Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73397 2/26/1946 There's good blues tonight Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73398 2/26/1946 Shorty's got to go Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73399 2/26/1946 Chittlin' switch Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73561 5/10/1946 Fare Thee well Deacon Jones Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73861 4/11/1947 You can't put out a fire Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73862 4/11/1947 The spider and the fly Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73863 4/11/1947 Let it roll Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 73864 4/11/1947 Begging for love Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 86380 6/7/1954 Shake, rattle and roll Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 86381 6/7/1954 A.B.C. boogie Comets ; Bill Haley instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87147 12/6/1954 A traveler's tune Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87148 12/16/1954 The battle of Jericho Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87149 12/6/1954 The storm is passing over-1 Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87150 12/6/1954 I must tell Jesus Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87151 12/6/1954 Who rolled the stone away Marie Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87152 12/6/1954 Easter bells Mary (Marie) Knight instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87917 5/9/1955 Jack hammer drill George Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87918 5/9/1955 Rocking the blues George Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 87919 5/9/1955 Too much moon George Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 89964 5/16/1956 Camel rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 89965 5/16/1956 Up and down Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 89966 5/16/1956 Take one Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 89967 5/16/1956 The grey bear Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101657 2/14/1957 John Thompson Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101658 2/14/1957 Sure Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101659 2/14/1957 Swell Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101660 2/14/1957 Easy rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101666 2/15/1957 Sentimental journey Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101667 2/15/1957 Stop, look and run Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101668 2/15/1957 Twenty one Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 101669 2/15/1957 Sometimes I'm happy Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102267 4/15/1957 Swizzle time Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102268 4/15/1957 Late hours Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102269 4/15/1957 You for me Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102270 4/15/1957 Readin', writin' and rockin' Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102279 4/16/1957 Three bad men Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102280 4/16/1957 Gumbo rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102281 4/16/1957 Kissing rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102282 4/16/1957 Sweet potato pie Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102283 4/17/1957 The street Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102284 4/17/1957 Mr. Onion head Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102285 4/17/1957 Ease down Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 102286 4/17/1957 The king's ring Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 104877 4/24/1958 Early in the morning Bobby Darin instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 104878 4/24/1958 Mighty, mighty man Bobby Darin instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 104879 4/24/1958 You're mine Bobby Darin instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 104880 4/24/1958 Now we're one Bobby Darin instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 105182 6/19/1958 Early in the morning Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 105183 6/19/1958 Now we're one Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 107694 6/30/1959 Peggy Sue got married Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 107695 12/14/1958 Crying, waiting, hoping Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 107927 10/7/1959 Wonderful girl Bill Baker instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 107928 10/7/1959 Chit chat Bill Baker instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 108598 1/19/1960 That's what they say Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 108599 1/19/1960 What to do Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 108600 12/17/1958 Learning the game Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 108601 12/8/1958 That makes it tough Buddy Holly instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112656 9/26/1962 You do something to me Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112657 9/26/1962 Dancing in the dark Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112658 9/26/1962 Dream Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112659 9/26/1962 Smoke gets in your eyes Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112951 1/9/1963 Baby workout Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112952 1/9/1963 I'm going crazy Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112953 1/9/1963 Count down Dick Jacobs Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112954 1/9/1963 Dance back to me (Hey, hey, hey, hey) Dick Jacobs Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 114728 3/27/1964 Big boss line Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 114729 3/27/1964 My best friend's girl Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 114730 3/27/1964 Take one step Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 115661 2/4/1965 No pity in the naked city Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 115662 2/4/1965 Better play it safe Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 115663 2/4/1965 Star dust Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 115664 2/4/1965 She'll be there Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 115665 2/4/1965 No time out Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 116062 5/10/1965 No pity in the naked city Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 117676 7/8/1966 I'm not made of clay-1 ; I'm not made of clay Screamin' Jay Hawkins instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 117677 7/8/1966 All night-1 ; All night Screamin' Jay Hawkins instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 117678 7/8/1966 Mountain jive-1 ; Mountain jive Screamin' Jay Hawkins instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 117679 7/8/1966 I'll be there-1 ; I'll be there Screamin' Jay Hawkins instrumentalist, drums  
Signature SRC 2070 10-in. 5/5/1949 Baby, it's cold outside Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, drums  
Signature SRC 2071 10-in. 5/5/1949 The hucklebuck Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, drums  
Signature SRC 2072 10-in. 5/5/1949 I've got the world on a string Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, drums  
Signature SRC 2073 10-in. 5/5/1949 Why can't you behave Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, drums  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Francis, Dave "Panama"," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/316094.

Francis, Dave "Panama". (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/316094.

"Francis, Dave "Panama"." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

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