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Andy Gibson

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Andy Gibson
Birth nameAlbert Andrew Gibson
Born(1913-11-06)November 6, 1913
Zanesville, Ohio
DiedFebruary 10, 1961(1961-02-10) (aged 47)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Formerly ofZack Whyte, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Blanche Calloway, Willie Bryant, Lucky Millinder

Albert "Andy" Gibson (November 6, 1913 – February 11, 1961) was an American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and composer.



Gibson played violin early on before settling on trumpet. Although he played professionally in many orchestras, he did not solo and worked more often as an arranger. His associations include Lew Redman (1931), Zack Whyte (1932–33), McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1934–35), Blanche Calloway, Willie Bryant, and Lucky Millinder. He quit playing in 1937 to arrange and compose full-time, working with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Charlie Barnet, and Harry James. He led a big band while serving in the United States Army from 1942-45.

After his discharge, he continued working with Barnet but focused primarily on R&B music. He was musical director for King Records from 1955–60 and recorded four songs as a leader in 1959 which were released by RCA Camden. He composed "I Left My Baby" (popularized by Count Basie), "The Great Lie", and "The Hucklebuck".

Andy Gibson died from a heart attack on February 11, 1961, in Cincinnati.[1]


  • Mainstream Jazz (RCA Camden, 1960)

As arranger


With Count Basie

See also