Ulysses Livingston (January 29, 1912, Bristol, Tennessee - October 7, 1988, Los Angeles) was an American jazz guitarist and bass guitarist.
Livingston's career in music began in the band of Horace Henderson as a roadie (or, as Henderson called them, "valet"). Prior to this he had played in the band of the West Virginia State College. After his period with Henderson he played in carnival bands on traveling road shows. In the middle of the 1930s he began to get jazz gigs with Lil Armstrong, Frankie Newton, Sammy Price, Coleman Hawkins, and Benny Carter. After moving to New York City, he accompanied Ella Fitzgerald on tour and on record. He served briefly in the military during World War II, but returned to jazz playing on the West Coast in 1943. He played with Cee Pee Johnson in Hawaii in 1947.
Alongside his guitar playing, Livingston also sang with the Spirits of Rhythm, and led a group called the Four Blazes. From the 1950s he did freelance work with West Coast jazz musicians and also became active as a record producer. In the 1970s he took up electric bass alongside the guitar, and recorded with both instruments.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 29th, 1912 (Bristol), Died October 7th, 1988
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1959
Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||65756||10-in.||6/8/1939||Come easy, go easy||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||65757||10-in.||6/8/1939||My blues is like whiskey||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||65758||10-in.||6/8/1939||The jive is here||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||65759||10-in.||6/8/1939||My downfall||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||65760||10-in.||6/8/1939||Hog-wild blues||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66245||10-in.||8/30/1939||You ain't had no blues||Blue Lu Barker||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66246||10-in.||8/30/1939||Marked woman||Blue Lu Barker||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66247||10-in.||8/30/1939||Midnight blues||Blue Lu Barker||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66248||10-in.||8/30/1939||Down in the dumps||Blue Lu Barker||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66764||10-in.||10/13/1939||Cheatin' on me||Helen Proctor||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66765||10-in.||10/13/1939||Let's call it a day||Helen Proctor||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66766||10-in.||10/13/1939||Take me along with you||Helen Proctor||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||66767||10-in.||10/13/1939||Blues at midnight||Helen Proctor||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||67781||10-in.||5/20/1940||Night hop||Benny Carter Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||67782||10-in.||5/20/1940||Pom pom||Benny Carter Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||67783||10-in.||5/20/1940||O.K. for baby (Okay for baby CD MCA-GRP 2629-2/2)||Benny Carter Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||67784||10-in.||5/20/1940||Serenade to a sarong||Benny Carter Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68146||10-in.||9/25/1940||Five o'clock whistle||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68147||10-in.||9/25/1940||So long||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68148||10-in.||9/25/1940||Louisville, Ky||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68329||10-in.||11/8/1940||Taking a chance on love||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68330||10-in.||11/8/1940||Cabin in the sky||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68331||10-in.||11/8/1940||I'm the lonesomest gal in town||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68558||10-in.||1/8/1941||Three little words||Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68559||10-in.||1/8/1941||Hello Ma, I done it again||Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Livingston, Ulysses," accessed August 7, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/327686.
Livingston, Ulysses. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 7, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/327686.
"Livingston, Ulysses." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 7 August 2020.
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