Bill Rank

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Bill Rank
Birth nameWilliam C. Rank
BornJune 8, 1904
Lafayette, Indiana, US
DiedMay 20, 1979 (aged 74)
Associated actsBix Beiderbecke, Jean Goldkette

William C. Rank (June 8, 1904 – May 20, 1979) was an American jazz trombonist.

Rank was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on June 8, 1904, and initially worked in Indiana and Florida.[1] Between 1923 and 1927 he played with Jean Goldkette's band in Detroit and often recorded with Bix Beiderbecke.[1] After playing with Adrian Rollini in 1927 and a period as a freelance, Rank joined Paul Whiteman's band, and stayed until 1938.[1] He was then a studio musician in Hollywood into the early 1940s, when he moved to Cincinnati.[1] There, he led a tenet for the rest of the 1940s.[1]

Rank then changed to playing part-time while also working in insurance.[2] His one album as a leader, a tribute to Beiderbecke, was recorded in 1973.[2] Rank continued playing until a short time before his death, on May 20, 1979, in Cincinnati.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Bix's Gang Lives (Fat Cat's Jazz)

As sideman[edit]

With Bix Beiderbecke


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Rank, Bill [William C.]". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. 2003. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J370300. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Bill Rank". AllMusic. Retrieved February 4, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)