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Lucky Thompson

Eli "Lucky" Thompson (June 16, 1924 – July 30, 2005) was an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist. While John Coltrane usually receives the most credit for bringing the soprano saxophone out of obsolescence in the early 1960s, Thompson (along with Steve Lacy) embraced the instrument earlier than Coltrane.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1924 (Columbia), Died 2005 (Seattle)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 56 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 80257 12/6/1950 Elephant rock Charlie Singleton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80258 12/6/1950 Alligator rock Charlie Singleton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 81140 6/7/1951 The dinky dink Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 81141 6/7/1951 Lonely little robin Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 81142 6/7/1951 Bring me another jug of wine Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 81143 6/7/1951 Catch 'em young, treat 'em rough, tell 'em nothing Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83197 8/1/1952 Why was I born (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83198 8/1/1952 You never miss the water (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83199 8/1/1952 The bluest blues (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83200 8/1/1952 Solitude (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85038 8/14/1953 Slow and easy Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85039 8/14/1953 Flamingo Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85040 8/14/1953 Mambo in blues Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85041 8/14/1953 The scene is clean Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85931 3/2/1954 The night hawk Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85932 3/2/1954 Little boy, blow Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85933 3/2/1954 Moonlight in Vermont Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85934 3/2/1954 Bunny Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101132 12/7/1956 Don't get around much anymore Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101133 12/7/1956 Oo shoo be doo be Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101134 12/7/1956 By myself Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101135 12/7/1956 Signed, sealed and delivered Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101148 12/11/1956 If I could be with you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101149 12/11/1956 Lazy river Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101150 12/11/1956 I can't give you anything but love Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 56 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thompson, Lucky," accessed May 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/346927.

Thompson, Lucky. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/346927.

"Thompson, Lucky." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/346927

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