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Turk Murphy

Melvin Edward Alton "Turk" Murphy (December 16, 1915 in Palermo, California – May 30, 1987 in San Francisco, California) was a trombonist and bandleader who played traditional and Dixieland jazz.

Murphy served in the Navy during World War II, during which he played and recorded with Lu Watters and Bunk Johnson. In 1952, he headed Turk Murphy's Jazz Band, which included pianist Wally Rose, clarinetist Bob Helm, banjoist Dick Lammi, and tubaist Bob Short. They played at the Italian Village at Columbus and Lombard in San Francisco's North Beach. The band appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show twice, in 1959 and 1965. In 1979 Bob Schulz began an eight-year stint with the band. Other notable band members included trumpeters Don Kinch and Leon Oakley; pianists Pete Clute and Ray Skjelbred; banjoist Carl Lunsford, tuba and trombonist Bill Carroll, singers Pat Yankee and Jimmy Stanislaw.

Murphy was the singer for the 1971 Sesame Street cartoon shorts, "The Alligator King" and "No. 9 Martian Beauty". They were animated and produced by his friend Bud Luckey. Murphy arranged and performed on many of Luckey's other Sesame Street animated shorts. He was friend of trombonist and Disney animator Ward Kimball, who created many memorable caricatures of Murphy and Charles Addams, creator of the Addams Family.

Murphy's band played his nightclub, Earthquake McGoons, which opened in 1960 and moved three times before closing in 1984. In January 1987, he played Carnegie Hall. He died on May 30, 1987.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 16th, 1915 (Palermo), Died May 30th, 1987 (San Francisco)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 61340 10-in. 10/23/1936 Moonlight on the Chesapeake Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61341 10-in. 10/23/1936 Sweetheart, let's grow old together Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61342 10-in. 10/23/1936 There's something in the air Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61343 10-in. 10/23/1936 Goodnight my love Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61344 10-in. 10/23/1936 Where the lazy river goes by Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61380 10-in. 11/4/1936 One never knows, does one? Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61381 10-in. 11/4/1936 Let me sing in Echo Valley Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61382 10-in. 11/4/1936 In the chapel in the moonlight Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61513 10-in. 1/13/1937 I can't lose that longing for you Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61514 10-in. 1/13/1937 Who's afraid of love ? Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61515 10-in. 1/13/1937 Oh say, can you swing ? Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61516 10-in. 1/13/1937 Timber Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61517 10-in. 1/13/1937 If my heart could only talk Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61518 10-in. 1/13/1937 One in a million Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61519 10-in. 1/13/1937 Ridin' high Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61998 10-in. 2/26/1937 Boo-hoo Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 61999 10-in. 2/26/1937 I adore you Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62000 10-in. 2/26/1937 Big boy blue Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62001 10-in. 2/26/1937 Rockin' chair swing Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62015 10-in. 2/26/1937 I've got rain in my eyes Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62016 10-in. 2/26/1937 The trouble with me is you Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62017 10-in. 2/26/1937 Humoresque (Dvorak) Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62184 10-in. 5/10/1937 Turn off the moon Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62185 10-in. 5/10/1937 (Have you forgotten) The you and me that used to be Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 62186 10-in. 5/10/1937 Alibi baby Mal Hallett Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Murphy, Turk," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333050.

Murphy, Turk. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333050.

"Murphy, Turk." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.

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