Milt Herth

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Milton Herth
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Background information
Born(1902-11-03)November 3, 1902
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
OriginChicago, Illinois
DiedJune 18, 1969(1969-06-18) (aged 66)
Las Vegas, Nevada
LabelsDecca, Capitol

Milton "Milt" Herth (November 3, 1902[citation needed] – June 18, 1969)[1] was an American jazz organist, known for his work on the Hammond organ soon after it was introduced in 1935.[2] Herth's work is available from his recordings of the 1930s and 1940s.


Herth was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin,[3]

In 1937, Herth began to work with jazz pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith in Chicago, when Smith was signed to Decca Records.[4] Herth, Smith, and drummer O'Neil Spencer formed the Milt Herth Trio.[4] The trio became a quartet with the addition of Teddy Bunn on guitar in April 1938.[4]

Herth appeared as himself in several short films (Love and Onions (1935), Swing Styles (1939), and Jingle Belles, (1941)) and the longer 1942 film, Juke Box Jenny, a movie noted for being a series of musical performances.

He died in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 18, 1969.[5]



  1. ^ "Milt Herth - biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Milt Herth: Information from". Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Organist Milt Herth Dies". The Bridgeport Telegram. June 18, 1969. p. 42. Retrieved January 31, 2014 – via open access
  4. ^ a b c Jasen, David A. (2002). Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz. Routledge, p. 94, ISBN 978-0415936415
  5. ^ "Other Deaths: Milt Herth". Delaware County Daily Times. June 18, 1969. p. 4. Retrieved January 31, 2014 – via open access

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