Bunny Berigan

Roland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan (November 2, 1908 – June 2, 1942) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader who rose to fame during the swing era. His career and influence were shortened by alcoholism, and ended with his early demise at the age of 33 from cirrhosis. Although he composed some jazz instrumentals such as "Chicken and Waffles" and "Blues", Berigan was best known for his virtuoso jazz trumpeting. His 1937 classic recording "I Can't Get Started" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 2, 1908 (Hilbert), Died June 2, 1942 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, vocalist, arranger, speaker

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 112 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-023740[d] [DAHR Test] 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Don't wake my heart Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Dick Wharton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor MS-102942 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 Take my word Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra ; Peggy Lawson Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist director  
Victor MS-102943 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 But definitely Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra ; Peggy Lawson Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist director  
Victor MS-102944 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 On your toes Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists director  
Victor MS-102945 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 I can pull a rabbit out of a hat Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists director  
Victor MS-102946 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 You're not the kind Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists director  
Victor BS-06590 10-in. 4/1/1937 You can't run away from love tonight Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Carol Mackay Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-06591 10-in. 4/1/1937 'Cause my baby says it's so Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, vocalist  
Victor BS-06592 10-in. 4/1/1937 Carelessly Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-06593 10-in. 4/1/1937 All dark people are light on their feet Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ford Leary Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010163 10-in. 5/13/1937 The first time I saw you Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ford Leary Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010164 10-in. 5/13/1937 Love is a merry go round Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Sue Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010165 10-in. 5/13/1937 The image of you Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Sue Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010166 10-in. 5/13/1937 I'm happy, darling, dancing with you Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Sue Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010167 10-in. 5/13/1937 Swanee River Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, arranger  
Victor BS-010597 10-in. 6/18/1937 All God's chillun got rhythm Ruth Bradley ; Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010598 10-in. 6/18/1937 The lady from Fifth Avenue Ruth Bradley ; Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010599 10-in. 6/18/1937 Let's have another cigarette Ruth Bradley ; Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011119 10-in. 6/25/1937 Roses in December Ruth Bradley ; Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011120 10-in. 6/25/1937 Mother Goose Ruth Bradley ; Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011121 10-in. 6/25/1937 Frankie and Johnnie Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-011122 10-in. 6/25/1937 Mahogany Hall stomp Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-011673 10-in. 8/7/1937 Let 'er go Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011674 10-in. 8/7/1937 Turn on that red hot heat (Burn your blues away) Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor CS-011675 12-in. 8/7/1937 I can't get started Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 112 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Berigan, Bunny," accessed July 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353004.

Berigan, Bunny. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353004.

"Berigan, Bunny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 July 2022.

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