Eddie Durham

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Eddie Durham
Birth name Edward Durham
Born (1906-08-19)August 19, 1906
San Marcos, Texas, U.S.
Died March 6, 1987(1987-03-06) (aged 80)
New York City, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1920s–1980s
Labels RCA
Associated acts Walter Page, Benny Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-150

Eddie Durham (19 August 1906 – 6 March 1987) was an American musician who pioneered the use of the electric guitar in jazz. He was a guitarist, trombonist, composer, and arranger for the orchestras of Benny Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, and Count Basie. With Edgar Battle, he composed "Topsy", first recorded by Count Basie and a hit for Benny Goodman.

Pioneer on the electric guitar[edit]

From 1929, Durham started experimenting to enhance the sound of his guitar using resonators and megaphones. In 1935 he was the first to record an electrically amplified guitar[1] with Jimmie Lunceford in 'Hittin' The Bottle' that was recorded in New York for the Decca label.[2]

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Eddie Durham (RCA, 1973–1974)
  • Blue Bone (JSP, 1981)

As sideman[edit]

Selected arrangements[edit]

  • Benny Moten: "Moten Swing" (Victor, 1932)
  • Jimmie Lunceford: "Avalon" (Decca, 1935)
    • "Hittin' the Bottle" (Decca, 1935)
    • "Harlem Shout" (Decca, 1936)
    • "Lunceford Special" (Vocalion, 1935)
  • Count Basie: "Time Out" (Decca, 1937)
    • "Topsy" (Decca, 1937)
    • "Swinging the Blues" (Decca, 1938)
    • "Jumpin' at the Woodside" (Decca, 1938)[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zelade, Richard (1987). Lone Star Travel Guide to Texas Hill Country. Plymouth: Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-58979609-6. 
  2. ^ Abrams, Steve (September 5, 2015). "Decca (USA) 500 - 1000 Numerical Listing". The Online Discographical Project. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Vacher, Peter (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 674. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 

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