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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

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  
Decca 101151 12/11/1956 On the sunny side of the street (see master 102618 below) Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101152 12/11/1956 I can't believe that you're in love with me Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101153 12/11/1956 Body and soul Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101154 12/12/1956 Mahogany Hall stomp Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101155 12/12/1956 When you're smiling Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101156 12/12/1956 Some of these days Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101157 12/12/1956 I surrender dear Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101158 12/12/1956 Georgia on my mind Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101159 12/12/1956 Exactly like you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101168 12/12/1956 High society-3 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101169 12/13/1956 Song of the islands Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101170 12/13/1956 That's my home Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101171 12/13/1956 Memories of you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101172 12/13/1956 Them there eyes Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101173 12/14/1956 This younger generation Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101174 12/14/1956 In pursuit of happiness Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101499 1/29/1957 When did you leave heaven Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101500 1/29/1957 Fools rush in Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101501 1/29/1957 A sinner kissed an angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101502 1/29/1957 I married an angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101503 1/29/1957 You're a heavenly thing Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101504 1/29/1957 Angel child Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101505 1/30/1957 Angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101506 1/30/1957 Angela mia Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101507 1/30/1957 The prisoner's song Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101508 1/30/1957 Goodnight angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101509 1/30/1957 I'll string along with you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101510 1/30/1957 And the angels sing Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102617 12/12/1956 Georgia on my mind-2 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102618 12/11/1956 On the sunny side of the street-1 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104555 12/12/1956 When you're smiling-1 Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thompson, Lucky," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/346927.

Thompson, Lucky. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/346927.

"Thompson, Lucky." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 June 2021.

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

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