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

= 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
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 vocalist, director  
Victor CS-011676 12-in. 8/7/1937 The prisoner's song Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor CS-011701 12-in. 8/21/1937 Record of welcome to Harry [Henry] Hall of England—6 bands of talks by dance band leaders Rudy Vallée Re-recording: Talk speaker  
Victor BS-013201 10-in. 8/18/1937 Why talk about love? Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-013202 10-in. 8/18/1937 Caravan Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-013203 10-in. 8/18/1937 A study in brown Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-013329 10-in. 9/3/1937 Sweet Varsity Sue Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-013330 10-in. 9/3/1937 Gee, but it's great to meet a friend (From your home town) Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-013331 10-in. 9/3/1937 Ebb tide Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-013332 10-in. 9/3/1937 Have you ever been in heaven? Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-013333 10-in. 9/3/1937 Mama, I wanna make rhythm Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, director  
Victor BS-014652 10-in. 10/7/1937 I'd love to play a love scene (Opposite you) Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-014653 10-in. 10/7/1937 I want a new romance Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-014654 10-in. 10/7/1937 Miles apart Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-014655 10-in. 10/7/1937 A strange loneliness Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-014690 10-in. 10/15/1937 Sweet varsity Sue Jerry Blaine ; Johnny McKeever ; Stream Line Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017765 10-in. 12/23/1937 In a little Spanish town ('Twas on a night like this) Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-017766 10-in. 12/23/1937 Black bottom Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-017767 10-in. 12/23/1937 Trees Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-017768 10-in. 12/23/1937 Russian lullaby Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-017769 10-in. 12/23/1937 Can't help lovin' dat man Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-018413 10-in. 1/26/1938 Piano tuner man Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-018414 10-in. 1/26/1938 Heigh-ho Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-018415 10-in. 1/26/1938 A serenade to the stars Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-018416 10-in. 1/26/1938 Outside of paradise Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-021168 10-in. 3/15/1938 Down stream Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-021169 10-in. 3/15/1938 Sophisticated swing Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-021170 10-in. 3/15/1938 Lovelight in the starlight Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-021174 10-in. 3/16/1938 Rinka tinka man Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-021175 10-in. 3/16/1938 An old straw hat Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-021176 10-in. 3/16/1938 I dance alone Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022482 10-in. 4/21/1938 Never felt better, never had less Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022483 10-in. 4/21/1938 I got a guy Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022484 10-in. 4/21/1938 Moonshine over Kentucky Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022485 10-in. 4/21/1938 'Round the old deserted farm Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022486 10-in. 4/21/1938 Azure Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-023288 10-in. 5/26/1938 Somewhere with somebody else Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Dick Wharton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-023289 10-in. 5/26/1938 It's the little things that count Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-023290 10-in. 5/26/1938 Wacky dust Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-023291 10-in. 5/26/1938 The wearing of the green Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-023476 10-in. 6/8/1938 The Pied Piper Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-023477 10-in. 6/8/1938 Tonight will live Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Dick Wharton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-023478 10-in. 6/8/1938 (A sky of blue, with you) And so forth Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-023479 10-in. 6/8/1938 (How to make love in) Ten easy lessons Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor MS-023738 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 Now it can be told Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist director  
Victor MS-023739 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 Flat foot floogie Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor ; Bernie Mackey Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists director  
Victor MS-023740 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 Cowboy from Brooklyn Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Dick Wharton Jazz/dance band and male vocal solos director  
Victor MS-023741 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 Pied piper Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist director  
Victor MS-023742 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 Wearin' of the green Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor MS-024474 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1838 Small fry Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band and female vocal solos director  
Victor MS-024475 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1838 Hi yo, Silver Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor ; Dick Wharton Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists director  
Victor MS-024476 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1838 I used to be color blind Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor MS-024477 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1838 Sing, you sinners Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-026870 10-in. 9/13/1938 When a prince of a fella meets a Cinderella Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Jayne Dover Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-026871 10-in. 9/13/1938 Livery stable blues Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-026872 10-in. 9/13/1938 Let this be a warning to you, baby Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Jayne Dover Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-026873 10-in. 9/13/1938 Why doesn't somebody tell me these things? Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-026874 10-in. 9/13/1938 High society Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-026875 10-in. 9/13/1938 Father, dear Father Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-027913 10-in. 10/14/1938 Simple and sweet Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-027914 10-in. 10/14/1938 Button, button (Who's got the button) Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-027915 10-in. 10/14/1938 I won't tell a soul I love you Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-027916 10-in. 10/14/1938 (Shango, shango, shangoree) Rockin' rollers' jubilee Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-030168 10-in. 11/30/1938 In a mist Bunny Berigan and his Men Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-030169 10-in. 11/30/1938 Flashes Bunny Berigan and his Men Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-030170 10-in. 11/30/1938 Davenport blues Bunny Berigan and his Men Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-030171 10-in. 11/30/1938 Candlelights Bunny Berigan and his Men Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-030300 10-in. 11/22/1938 Sobbin' blues Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-030301 10-in. 11/22/1938 I cried for you Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Kathleen Lane Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-030302 10-in. 11/22/1938 Jelly-roll blues Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-030303 10-in. 11/22/1938 'Deed I do Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Kathleen Lane Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-030338 10-in. 12/1/1938 In the dark Bunny Berigan and his Men Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-030339 10-in. 12/1/1938 Walkin' the dog Bunny Berigan and his Men Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-035031 10-in. 3/15/1939 Patty cake, patty cake (Baker man) Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Kathleen Lane Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-035032 10-in. 3/15/1939 Jazz me blues Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-035033 10-in. 3/15/1939 Y' had it comin' to you Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Kathleen Lane Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-035034 10-in. 3/15/1939 There'll be some changes made Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-035035 10-in. 3/15/1939 Little gates special Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-035036 10-in. 3/15/1939 Gangbusters' holiday Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-043925 10-in. 11/28/1939 Peg o' my heart Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-043926 10-in. 11/28/1939 Night song Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-043927 10-in. 11/28/1939 Ain't she sweet Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-043928 10-in. 11/28/1939 Ay-ay-ay Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Columbia W151604 10-in. 6/15/1931 At your command Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Decca 60229 10-in. 12/13/1935 You took advantage of me Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] director  
Decca 60230 10-in. 12/13/1935 Chicken and waffles Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] director  
Decca 60231 10-in. 12/13/1935 I'm coming Virginia Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] director  
Decca 60232 10-in. 12/13/1935 Blues Bunny Berigan ; Blue Boys [Bunny Berigan ensemble] director  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Berigan, Bunny," accessed April 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353004.

Berigan, Bunny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353004.

"Berigan, Bunny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 April 2024.

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