Velma Middleton

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Born: September 01, 1917, Holdenville, Oklahoma, USA
Died: February 10, 1961, Freetown, Sierra Leone

American jazz vocalist, best known for her work with Louis Armstrong, she died in Freetown, Sierra Leone, during a tour with him.

She was originally a dancer and, although overweight, she often did splits on stage, even during her Armstrong years. Middleton had an average but pleasing and good-humored voice. After freelancing, including a visit to South America in 1938 with Connie McLean's Orchestra and performing as a solo act, she joined Louis Armstrong's big band in 1942, appearing on some Soundies with Satchmo.

After Armstrong broke up the orchestra in 1947, Middleton joined his All-Stars. She was often used for comic relief, such as for duets with Satchmo on "That's My Desire" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside", and she did occasional features. Few jazz critics thought highly of her singing, but Armstrong considered her part of his family, and she was a constant part of his show.

She recorded eight selections as a leader for the Dootone label, in 1948 and 1951.
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Albums

TWI CD AS 04 15 Velma Middleton - Satchmo Live In Florence '52 album art Louis Armstrong, Trummy Young, Hugh McCracken, Marty Napoleon, Arvell Shaw, Cozy Cole, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong, Trummy Young, Hugh McCracken, Marty Napoleon, Arvell Shaw, Cozy Cole, Velma Middleton - Satchmo Live In Florence '52(CD, Album, Liv) Twilight Music TWI CD AS 04 15 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
VP 90113 Velma Middleton - Sing! album art Louis Armstrong, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong, Velma Middleton - Sing!(LP, RM, RP) Vinyl Passion VP 90113 Netherlands 2019 Sell This Version
P. 30: 01 Velma Middleton - Louis Armstrong All Stars album art Louis Armstrong All Stars*, Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, Arvell Shaw, Sid Catlett*, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong All Stars*, Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, Arvell Shaw, Sid Catlett*, Velma Middleton - Louis Armstrong All Stars(LP) Palm 30 P. 30: 01 France Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

27481 Velma Middleton - If / (I Wonder Why) You're Just In Love album art Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra / Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra / Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton - If / (I Wonder Why) You're Just In Love (Single) Decca 27481 US 1951 Sell This Version
DO-70147 Velma Middleton - Baby It's Cold Outside / You're Just In Love album art Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton - Baby It's Cold Outside / You're Just In Love(Shellac, 10") Columbia DO-70147 Australia 1951 Sell This Version
82431 Velma Middleton - La Vie En Rose / (I Wonder Why) You're Just In Love album art Louis Armstrong Mit Sy Oliver And His Orchestra / Louis Armstrong Mit Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong Mit Sy Oliver And His Orchestra / Louis Armstrong Mit Velma Middleton - La Vie En Rose / (I Wonder Why) You're Just In Love(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 82431 Germany 1951 Sell This Version
04995 Velma Middleton - Takes Two To Tango / That's My Desire album art Louis Armstrong, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong, Velma Middleton - Takes Two To Tango / That's My Desire Brunswick 04995 UK 1952 Sell This Version
27931 Velma Middleton - You're The Apple Of My Eye / Big Butter And Egg Man album art Louis Armstrong And The All-Stars* And Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And The All-Stars* And Velma Middleton - You're The Apple Of My Eye / Big Butter And Egg Man (Single) Decca 27931 Canada 1952 Sell This Version
BM 31058 Velma Middleton - That's My Desire / Baby, It's Cold Outside album art Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton, The All Stars* Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton, The All Stars* - That's My Desire / Baby, It's Cold Outside (EP) Decca BM 31058 Denmark 1952 Sell This Version
05066 Velma Middleton - Baby, It's Cold Outside / You're The Apple Of My Eye album art Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton with The All Stars* Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton with The All Stars* - Baby, It's Cold Outside / You're The Apple Of My Eye(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05066 UK 1952 Sell This Version
none Velma Middleton - Baby It's Cold Outside album art Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton - Baby It's Cold Outside(Acetate, 10", S/Sided, Mono) Jack Cullen none Canada 1952 Sell This Version
DO-70026 Velma Middleton - Big Butter And Egg Man / When It's Sleepy Time Down South album art Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton - Big Butter And Egg Man / When It's Sleepy Time Down South Columbia DO-70026 Australia 1953 Sell This Version
PP-015 Velma Middleton - The Formula For Love  album art Nina & Frederik, Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton Nina & Frederik, Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton - The Formula For Love (Single) Pye Records PP-015 Australia 1959 Sell This Version
CPB-12 Velma Middleton - Le Canzoni Più Belle - N° 12 album art Louis Armstrong E Velma Middleton / Fats Waller And His Continental Rhythm* Louis Armstrong E Velma Middleton / Fats Waller And His Continental Rhythm* - Le Canzoni Più Belle - N° 12(7") Fratelli Fabbri Editori CPB-12 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
321 967 BF Velma Middleton - Long Gone / All That Meat And No Potatoes album art Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars, Velma Middleton - Long Gone / All That Meat And No Potatoes(7") Philips 321 967 BF Italy Unknown Sell This Version
04956 Velma Middleton - Kiss Of Fire / Big Butter And Egg Man album art Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra / Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra / Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton - Kiss Of Fire / Big Butter And Egg Man Brunswick 04956 UK Unknown Sell This Version
429 173 BE Velma Middleton - St. Louis Blues album art Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars Vocals By Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars Vocals By Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton - St. Louis Blues(7", EP, Mono) Philips 429 173 BE Denmark Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

ENT LP 13.048 Velma Middleton - The Unforgettable Duets album art Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton - The Unforgettable Duets(LP, Comp) The Entertainers ENT LP 13.048 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
15 773 Velma Middleton - Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars album art Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars, Earl Fatha Hines*, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars, Earl Fatha Hines*, Velma Middleton - Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars(CD, Comp) LaserLight Digital 15 773 US 1992 Sell This Version
none Velma Middleton - All That Jazz, Vol. 74: Live In Boston - 30th November 1947 album art Louis Armstrong And The "All Stars"* Featuing Jack TeagardenBarney BigardDick Carrey*Arvell ShawVelma Middleton Louis Armstrong And The "All Stars"* Featuing Jack TeagardenBarney BigardDick Carrey*Arvell ShawVelma Middleton - All That Jazz, Vol. 74: Live In Boston - 30th November 1947(17xFile, MP3, Comp, RM, 320) Jube Legends none 2016
VP 90080 Velma Middleton - Vocal Duets album art Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald - Frank Sinatra - Billie Holiday - Bing Crosby - Velma Middleton - Danny Kaye (2) - Louis Jordan Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald - Frank Sinatra - Billie Holiday - Bing Crosby - Velma Middleton - Danny Kaye (2) - Louis Jordan - Vocal Duets(LP, Comp, RM) Vinyl Passion VP 90080 Europe 2018 Sell This Version