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William (Billy) Mackel

John William "Billy" Mackel (December 28, 1912 – May 5, 1986) was an American jazz guitarist.

Mackel was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He played banjo early in his career, but like many banjoists of his time he switched to guitar. He led his own band early in the 1940s, then joined Lionel Hampton in 1944 and spent the next thirty years with him. In the 1940s he also recorded with Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Herbie Fields, and others, and worked with Billy Williams in the 1960s. He played left-handed.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 28th, 1912 (Baltimore), Died May 5th, 1986 (Baltimore)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72871 10-in. 5/21/1945 Doublin' with Dublin Lionel Hampton Sextet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72872 10-in. 5/21/1945 Ribs and hot sauce Lionel Hampton Sextet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72873 10-in. 5/21/1945 Blow top blues Lionel Hampton Sextet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72874 10-in. 5/21/1945 Two fingers boogie-1 Lionel Hampton Sextet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72875 10-in. 5/21/1945 Someday Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72876 10-in. 5/21/1945 Beulah's boogie Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72881 10-in. 5/21/1945 Playboy Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72882 10-in. 5/21/1945 Punch and Judy Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73287 1/21/1946 Pinetop's boogie woogie-1 Bing Crosby instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73288 1/21/1946 On the sunny side of the street-2 Bing Crosby instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73324 1/29/1946 Rockin' in rhythm, part 1 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73325 1/29/1946 Rockin' in rhythm, part 2 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73326 1/29/1946 Gay notes Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73327 1/29/1946 Tempo's birthday Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73328 1/30/1946 Hamp's salty blues Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73329 1/30/1946 Ridin' on the L & N Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73330 1/30/1946 Chord-a-re-bop-1 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73331 1/30/1946 Limehouse blues Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73332 1/31/1946 Cobb's idea Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73333 1/31/1946 Air mail special, part 1 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73334 1/31/1946 Air Mail special, part 2 Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73843 4/2/1947 I want to be loved Lionel Hampton Quintet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73844 4/2/1947 How high the moon Lionel Hampton Quintet instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 113017 1/30/1963 Air mail special Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 3644 10-in. 10/16/1944 Million dollar smile Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mackel, William (Billy)," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328870.

Mackel, William (Billy). (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328870.

"Mackel, William (Billy)." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328870

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