Milt Herth

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Milton Herth
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Background information
Also known as Milt Herth
Born (1902-11-03)November 3, 1902
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States]
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died June 18, 1969(1969-06-18) (aged 66)
Las Vegas, Nevada]
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Organist for WIND (AM), 1935
Instruments Organ
Labels Decca, Capitol
Associated acts Milt Herth Trio
Notable instruments
Hammond organ

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] the son of Erick Herth and Mary Lautrop.[4] In 1937, Herth began to work with jazz pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith in Chicago, when Smith also signed to Decca Records.[5] Herth, Smith, and drummer O'Neil Spencer formed the Milt Herth Trio.[5] The trio became a quartet with the addition of Teddy Bunn on guitar in April 1938.[5]

Herth also played himself in several short films (Love and Onions (1935), Swing Styles (1939), and Jingle Belles, (1941)) as well as the longer 1942 film, Juke Box Jenny, a movie noted for being a series of musical performances.[6]

He died in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 18, 1969.[7]



  1. ^ "Milt Herth - biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Milt Herth: Information from". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Organist Milt Herth Dies". The Bridgeport Telegram. June 18, 1969. p. 42. Retrieved January 31, 2014 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 January 2015), Milton E. Herth, 03 Nov 1903; citing Kenosha, Wisconsin, reference 4911694; FHL microfilm 1,302,884.
  5. ^ a b c Jasen, David A. (2002). Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz. Routledge, p. 94, ISBN 978-0415936415
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Other Deaths: Milt Herth". Delaware County Daily Times. June 18, 1969. p. 4. Retrieved January 31, 2014 – via  open access publication – free to read

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