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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 112 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 112 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Berigan, Bunny," accessed April 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353004.

Berigan, Bunny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/353004.

"Berigan, Bunny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 April 2024.

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