Durham, Eddie, 1906-1987

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Eddie Durham, one of the most important Swing Era composer-arrangers, was born in San Marcos, Texas, on August 19, 1906. He was the son of Luella Rabb and Joseph Durham, Sr. Eddie and his brothers formed the Durham Brothers Orchestra in the early 1920s. According to Eddie he began as a professional musician at age ten and at eighteen he was with the 101 Ranch Brass Band. In 1926 he joined a jazz group and toured the Southwest before joining the Blue Devils in 1928. He moved to New York in 1934. Durham's early training in music theory led to his work during the 1930s and 1940s as a jazz composer and arranger. He is credited with being the first person to record an amplified guitar when he was featured on the 1935 Jimmie Lunceford recording of Durham's arrangement of "Hittin' the Bottle". In the 1940s Durham organized his own band, directed an all girl orchestra, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and brought together a number of important Texas jazzmen from the Kansas City era. During the 1950s and 1960s he performed less but still worked as an arranger for various groups. He died in New York City on March 6, 1987. His hometown of San Marcos declared August 19th as "Eddie Durham Day" and in 2003 began an annual Eddie Durham Day Musical Tribute and Festival with the long-term goal to establish a Durham Family Archival Museum and Memorial Park.

From the description of Oral history interview with Eddie Durham, 1978 Aug. and Nov. (Texas State University-San Marcos). WorldCat record id: 268957510

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creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Now will you be good [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Harry Edison, Buck Clayton, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Durham, Eddie, 1906-1987. Sliphorn jive. Yale University Library
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Good morning blues [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed. Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Boo hoo [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed. Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn The Benny Goodman Papers, 1910-1992, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Georgianna [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed. Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Blues in the dark [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Ed Lewis, Buck Clayton, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Exactly like you [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Don't you miss your baby ? [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed. Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Blues in the dark [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Ed Lewis, Buck Clayton, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Georgianna [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed. Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Durham, Eddie, 1906-1987,. Oral history interview with Eddie Durham, 1978 Aug. and Nov. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Now will you be good [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Harry Edison, Buck Clayton, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Don't you miss your baby ? [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed. Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Exactly like you [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Boo hoo [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed. Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Pennies from heaven [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Joe Keyes, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Boogie woogie [Multimédia multisupport] / Jimmy Rushing, chant ; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, trp... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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associatedWith Dance, Stanley, person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Goodman, Benny, 1909- person
associatedWith Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. person
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Birth 1906-08-19

Death 1987-03-06

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