Buddy Lucas (musician)

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Buddy Lucas (16 August 1914 - 18 March 1983)[1] was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader, who is possibly more famous for his session work on harmonica.[2][3]

As a bandleader, he led bands such as Buddy Lucas & His Band of Tomorrow, the Gone All Stars, and Buddy Lucas & His Shouters, and he also went under the stage name of "Big" Buddy Lucas.[4]

As a session musician, he recorded with Horace Silver,[5] Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Titus Turner[6] The Rascals, and Yusef Lateef,[7] and Aretha Franklin,[8] amongst others.


As leader/co-leader
  • 1952: "Hustlin' Family Blues"/"I'll Never Smile Again" - Buddy Lucas and His Band of Tomorrow
  • 1952: "Drive Daddy Drive" - Little Sylvia Sings with Buddy Lucas and His Band of Tomorrow
  • 1954: "A Million Tears" - Little Sylvia Sings with Buddy Lucas Orchestra
  • 1956: "Blueberry Hill"
  • 1957: "Bo-Lee"/"Star Dust"
  • 1957: "Hound Dog"/"When My Dreamboat Comes Home" - Buddy Lucas with Jimmy Carrol & Orchestra
  • 1957: "Searchin'" Buddy Lucas
  • 1967: Honkin' Sax
As sideman