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the compilation of this Big Bands Database.
Brief Discography Guide:
* The Jazz Discography. 1992-. by Tom Lord - Lord Music References
and Cadence Jazz Books, pubs., 1995/8.
A total of Twenty-five
volumes projected. Intended to be a comprehensive
discography covering over
100 years of recorded jazz. Includes "all types
of jazz and creative
improvised music, including traditional." Jazz, Swing,
bebop, modern, avant-garde,
fusion, third stream, etc. Entries are
arranged by leader's name,
then chronologically by session date;
information given includes
album title and group name, musicians and
instruments they played,
recording location, and tune names. Indices of
musicians and titles are
planned following publication of the final
volume in the main
alphabetical sequence. (CDs now available 2003)
* Jazz Discographies (19 volumes - 2 Modern, 12 Swing, 5 Progressive -
thru 1980) - by Walter Bruyninckx
* Jazz Records 1897-1942 (2 volumes - 5th Edition) - by Brian Rust -
(Laurie Wright, Storyville Publications and Co.
Ltd. 66 Fairview Drive, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6HS, United Kingdom) 1995.
"Jazz, dance music, and vocal records with
jazz groups. "Also important
and interesting" Ragtime records. Only
American and British artists
arranged by artist or group, then recording
session date and matrix
number. There are indices of artists and titles.
LPs are included only if
their music was never released on 78-rpm discs.
* Jazz Records 1942-1980 (2 volumes) - by Jorgen Grunnet Jepsen
* Jazz Records 1942-1980 (11 volumes and counting for the revision to
the above) - by Erik Raben and Ole J. Nielsen - 1995/6
* Jazz Records, 1897-1942. 5th ed. 2 vols.
* New Hot Discography (Latest edition is 1948 - 3rd printing) - by
Charles Delaunay - Criterion Music Corp, 1963
* New Orleans, The Revival - by Tom Stagg and Charlie Crump - Bashall
Caves Publication, 1973
* Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954: The History of American
Popular Music. 1986.
alphabetically, with every record that appeared on Pop
music charts, date charted,
peak position, weeks charted, and record
label/number. Has song title
index giving artist/group, with peak position
and year. There is a tabular
synopsis of information for the decades prior
to Billboard's "Best Selling
Records" charts of the 1940s, Note: Whitburn
catalogs, Jim Walsh used
such soures as Phonogram, Phonoscope,
sheet music sales, record
label columns for Hobbies Magazine, Talking
Machine World, etc. Since
these early sources differgreatly from later
charts, information from
this book regarding "chart position" -through
the 1930s, should be used
with much caution.
* Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. 5th ed. 2000.
A "detailed summary and
evaluation of what exactly is available by both
major and minor figures in
the jazz field" (introduction), with authors'
judgments indicated by both
a star rating system and the text included in
each entry. Alphabetic
listing of Musicians in the main section and the
index that follows. Album
citations have title, label, and catalog number,
followed by musical
personnel and recording date. A very brief
biographical note opens each
entry. Lists thousands of jazz CDs and is
a good resource for novice
and veteran collectors.
* Schwann Spectrum. 1990-.
Published quarterly. Lists
nonclassical recordings (compact discs,
cassettes,and LPs) available
in the United States. There are seven
sections, most of which are
arranged by artist or group: popular, jazz,
soundtracks (arranged by
title), international (by country or region),
new age, gospel/religious,
and miscellaneous (arranged by categories,
including belly dancing,
nostalgia, karaoke, and polka). The first
section includes rock,
blues, country, folk, rap, dance, instrumental,
and vocal pop; entries in
this section include a code indicating
subgenre: banjo, bluegrass,
blues, Cajun,disco, easy listening,
punk, rockabilly, etc.
* 'Sweet and Lowdown', by Warren Craig, publ. 1978.
* Brian A. L. Rust:
American Dance Band Discog.1917-'42 Arlington House. 2 vols. 1975
American Record Label Book ca. 1978 Arlington House. New Rochelle, NY
British Music Hall On Record- ca. 1979
Complete Entertainment Discography -ca. 1973
Dance Bands ca. 1974 (Arlington House - New Rochelle, NY)
of Historical Records. ca. 1979
* "Popular American Recording Pioneers, 1895-1925," by Tim Gracyk with
Frank Hoffman (New York: The Haworth Press, 2000).
* Jazz Records - 1897-1942, (London) Storyville Publications. ca. 1972
* London Musical Shows on Record ca, 1977
* "The Almost Complete 78 rpm Record Dating Guide II", Barr, Steven
C., (Huntington Beach, CA: Yesterday Once Again, 1992).
* "The Collector's Guide to Victor Records", Sherman, Michael W.,
(Dallas: Monarch Record Ent. 1992).
* "The Columbia Master Book Discography" (4 vols) ..of Historical
Records on Cylinders & 78s (Publ: Greenwood, 1979)
* Blues and Gospel Records 1902-1942 - 3rd Edition (new edition
imminent)-by RMW Dixon and J Godrich 1982
* British Dance Bands on Record 1911-1945 - by Brian Rust and Sandy
Forbes - Storyville, 1989(?)
* British Music Hall Discography - by Brian Rust
* Canadian Jazz Discography (1916-1980) - by J. Litchfield (1994?)
* Complete Entertainment Discography - by Brian Rust - Arlington House
Still More about 78s...
* Almost Complete 78 RPM Record Dating Guide (II) (Mostly pre-1943),
by Steven C. Barr. Published by
Yesterday Once Again. 1992
* American 45 & 78 Rpm Record Dating Guide, 1940-1959, William R.
Daniels, Greenwood Publ'g 1985
* Date About all Those English Seventy-eights - by Eddie Shaw -
published by the author,1995
* American Record Label Directory and Dating Guide (Post 1940) - by G.
* American Premium Record Guide (1900-1965, 78,45,LP), Les R. Docks.
4th Ed.Books Americana, 1992
* American Record Label Book (pre-1943) - by Brian Rust - Arlington
House Pub., 1978
* The Collector's Guide To Victor Records - by Michael W. Sherman, in
collaboration with William R. Moran and Kurt R. Nauck III - Monarch Record
Enterprises, Dallas, 1992).
* Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 volumes of lists): Roger
D. Kinkle., Publ: Arlington House, 1974
* Dance bands, Big Band and Swing: Buyers-Sellers (values) - by Alice
Rogers - Jellyroll Productions, 1993
* Directory of American Disc Record Brands and Manufacturers,
1891-1943, - by Allan Sutton, 1994
Classical Music --- discography
* World's Encycopedia of Recorded Music
Reasonably complete listing
of ALL electric classical issues worldwide
1925-1955 - Greenwood Press
* Blues and Gospel Records, 1890-1943. 4th ed. 1997.
The premier discography for
prewar blues and black sacred music,
(mostly on 78-rpm discs).
Alphabetically by artist, then session date;
lists record serial and
matrix numbers. Includes title, vocalist,
and accompanist indexes.
* Country Music: The Rough Guide. 2000.
biographical entries on individual artists; annotated
citations of significant CDs
and LPs. Index of artists and bands.
* Rap Music--discography
* Rap Music in the 1980s: A Reference Guide. 1992.
Two chapters - four indices.
Annotated list of books, articles, and
reviews; Has selected
discography. Indices of dates, subjects, artists,
and album and song titles.
All material dates from the 1980s.
* Oxford Companion to Popular Music. 1991.
Entries for names and terms.
Chronological coverage from approximately
the mid-19th century to year
of publication. Primary focus is on popular
song and popular musical
theater (including operetta, cabaret, and music
hall) in the United States
and Great Britain. Also entries for jazz
and folk music. There are
three indices: people and groups, shows and
films, and songs and albums.
* The Green Book of Songs by Subject: A Thematic Guide to Popular
Music. 4th ed. 1995.
The Chronological scope is
entire 20th century for this classified listing
of over twenty-one thousand
popular songs under ca. eight hundred
subject categories and
subcategories. (There is a subject index.) All
genres (rock, pop standards,
country, reggae, jazz, Broadway, folk,
Cajun, etc.) Each entry
gives the song title, artist, album title,
and record label.
* Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 2d ed. 1998.
Entries for artists and
groups for a variety of music genres (country, jazz,
rock, pop, gospel, blues,
world music, etc.) as well as for songwriters,
record labels, genres, and
styles. There is a thorough index.
Other noteworthy references include:
* Leonard Feather:
Encyclopedia of Jazz (Bonanza Books, 1960)
* George T. Simon: The Swing
Bands (Arthur Jackson: The World of Big
Bands (Arco 1971)
* Frederic Ramsey, Jr.;
Chas. E. Smith: Jazzmen (Harcourt, Brace & Co.)
* Grove Dictionary of Music
* Alec Wilder: American
Popular Song Oxford Univ. Press. 1972 and 1975
* Orrin Keepnews & Bill
Grauer, Jr. A Pictorial History of Jazz, Crown
* Lissauer's Encyclopedia of
Popular Song in America. Paragon
* All Music Guide Roger
* Big Band Almanac, Leo
* Penguin Encyclopedia of
* Rough Guide to Jazz,
* Billboard Book of American
Singing Groups, The, A History 1940-1980.
Jay Warner, Billboard Inc.
* Chilton Who's Who of Jazz
* Chilton Who's Who of
* Canadian Jazz Discography
* Oxford Companion to
* New Orleans Jazz
* Feather Encyclopedia of
* Feather New Edition of
Encyclopedia of Jazz
* Feather Encyclopedia of
Jazz in the Sixties
* Halliwell's - Filmgoers'
Companion (12th edition)
* Phil Hardy's - The
Encyclopedia of the Western.
* Murray Ginsberg's - 'They
Loved To Play' Memories of the Golden Age
in Canadian Music.
Books Toronto, Canada 1998)
The following .wav files have been supplied thru the kind courtesy of
the Friedman/Fairfax Publishing Corp.
aintshe.wav - Helen Ward
singing. See Benny Goodman Orch.
never.wav - See the Jimmy
Lunceford Orch. listing.
The great photographs of the St. Louis Bands of Gene Rodemich, Allister
Wylie and the Conley-Silverman Orchs., are through the kindness of Mr. Bob
The Photo of Red Nichols is by courtesy Mr. Verne Langdon.
Much material on the "Light Music" composers/arrangers/bands were
researched on a very fine site, 'hotlinked' here to make a visit easier.
David Jackson Shields Light Music
Hall of Fame
Other sources consulted are:
The New-York Historical Society (Research Library)
2 W. 77 Street.
New York, NY, USA
The Museum of The City Of New York
1220 Fifth Aveneue (103rd Street)
New York, NY, USA
Tel: 212 534-1672
The Archives at Carnegie Hall (open to the public by permission)
57th Street and Seventh Ave.
New York, NY, USA
Available: Mon-Fri, 9:30 - 5:30
Tel: 212 903-9629.
From time to time, More credit listings will be added.