|Born||April 28, 1910|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||January 29, 1986|
|Associated acts||Art Tatum|
He played bass and banjo before settling on guitar. In the 1930s, Barksdale moved to Chicago, where he was in Erskine Tate's band. He recorded for the first time with violinist Eddie South in 1931, and he remained with South until 1939. He moved to New York City and became a member of the Benny Carter big band. Around the same time, he recorded with Sidney Bechet. During the 1940s, he worked for CBS as a session musician.
As a sideman, Barksdale played guitar in many genres. He worked with vocalists Dean Barlow, Maxine Sullivan, the Blenders, and the Clovers. He played on the hit "Love Is Strange" by Mickey & Sylvia, and was music director for the Ink Spots.
He played on recordings by Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan. Among his other jazz associations were Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Clark Terry, and Louis Armstrong. He also played guitar in the studio for pop and soul musicians such as The Drifters (including on "Under the Boardwalk" and "Saturday Night at the Movies") and Ben E. King.
- Red Allen, Ride, Red, Ride in Hi-Fi (RCA Victor, 1957)
- Louis Armstrong, Louis and the Angels (Decca, 1957)
- Louis Armstrong, Louis and the Good Book (Brunswick, 1958)
- Chet Baker, Baker's Holiday (Limelight, 1965)
- Lavern Baker See See Rider, 1962
- George Barnes, Guitar Galaxies (Mercury, 1962)
- Sidney Bechet, Walkin' and Talkin' to Myself (Jazztone 1956)
- Vinnie Bell, Big Sixteen Guitar Favorites (Musicor, 1965)
- Nappy Brown, Don't Be Angry! (Savoy, 1984)
- Oscar Brown Jr., Sin & Soul (Columbia, 1960)
- Milt Buckner, Rockin' Hammond (Capitol,)
- Billy Butler, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Prestige, 1970)
- Al Caiola, Italian Guitars (Time, 1960)
- Cab Calloway, Hi De Hi De Ho (RCA, 1982)
- Chris Connor, Sings Lullabys of Birdland (Bethlehem, 1954)
- Sam Cooke, Swing Low (RCA Victor, 1961)
- Sam Cooke, My Kind of Blues (RCA Victor, 1961)
- King Curtis, Sweet Soul (ATCO, 1968)
- Vic Dickenson & Joe Thomas, Mainstream (Atlantic, 1958)
- Lotti Golden, Motor-Cycle (Atlantic, 1969)
- Cyril Haynes, The Spider Plays (Golden Crest, 1958)
- Johnny Hodges, Don't Sleep in the Subway (Verve, 1967)
- Dick Hyman, Keyboard Kaleidoscope (Command, 1964)
- Budd Johnson, French Cookin' (Argo, 1963)
- J. J. Johnson, Broadway Express (RCA Victor, 1965)
- Herbie Mann and Tamiko Jones, A Mann & A Woman (Atlantic, 1966)
- Jimmy McGriff, Cherry (Solid State, 1966)
- Jimmy McGriff, Groove Grease (Groove Merchant, 1971)
- Big Miller, Did You Ever Hear the Blues? (United Artists, 1959)
- Hugo Montenegro, Boogie Woogie + Bongos (Time, 1962)
- Jimmy Scott, Little Jimmy Scott (Savoy, 1984)
- Rex Stewart, Rendezvous with Rex (Felsted, 1958)
- Buddy Tate, Swinging Like Tate (Felsted, 1958)
- Art Tatum, The Art Tatum Trio (Capitol, 1953)
- Art Tatum, Art Tatum (Capitol, 1956)
- Clark Terry, Chico O'Farrill, Spanish Rice (Impulse!, 1966)
- Harold Vick, The Caribbean Suite (RCA Victor, 1967)
- Harold Vick, Straight Up (RCA Victor, 1967)
- Dicky Wells, Bones for the King (Felsted, 1958)
- Dicky Wells, Trombone Four-in-Hand (Felsted, 1959)
- Kai Winding, Rainy Day (Verve, 1965)
- Kai Winding, The In Instrumentals (Verve, 1965)
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 175. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
- Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
- "Everett Barksdale | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
- Joel Selvin, Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues. Counterpoint, 2014, pp. 388-391.
- Baker, LaVern, Soul On Fire: The Best of Lavern Baker, CD, Atlantic Recording Corporation, © 1991 liner notes