Alvin "Junior" Raglin

Alvin "Junior" Raglin (March 16, 1917 - November 10, 1955) was an American swing jazz double-bassist.

Raglin started out on guitar but had picked up bass by the mid-1930s. He played with Eugene Coy from 1938 to 1941 in Oregon, and then joined Duke Ellington's Orchestra, where he replaced Jimmy Blanton. Raglin remained in Ellington's employ from 1941 to 1945.

After leaving Ellington's orchestra, Raglin led his own quartet, and also played with Dave Rivera, Ella Fitzgerald, and Al Hibbler. He briefly returned to perform with Ellington in 1946 and 1955. Raglin fell ill in the late 1940s and quit performing; he died in 1955 at age 38. He never recorded as a leader.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 16, 1917 (Nebraska), Died November 10, 1955 (Boston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Chess U7371 10-in. 1949? I love you Al Hibbler instrumentalist, string bass  
Chess U7372 10-in. 1947 My little brown book Al Hibbler instrumentalist, string bass  
Chess U7626 10-in. 1949? Poor butterfly Al Hibbler instrumentalist, string bass  
Chess U7627 10-in. 1947 Fat and forty Harry Carney ; Jimmy Hamilton ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73388 2/21/1946 I'm just a lucky so and so Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73389 2/21/1946 I didn't mean a word I said Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, string bass  
Signature SRC 354 10-in. 1946 Open the door Richard-1 Walter Brown instrumentalist, string bass  
Signature SRC 355 10-in. 1946 My second best woman Walter Brown instrumentalist, string bass  
Signature SRC 356 10-in. 1946 Let's get some understanding Walter Brown instrumentalist, string bass  
Signature SRC 357 10-in. 1946 I'm living for you Walter Brown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca N 2994 10-in. 1/2/1945 Midriff Duke Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Raglin, Alvin "Junior"," accessed May 26, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338982.

Raglin, Alvin "Junior". (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 26, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338982.

"Raglin, Alvin "Junior"." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 26 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338982

Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.