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

P. 30: 01 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

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 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", Mono) Columbia DO-70147 Australia 1951 Sell This Version
Velma Middleton - Big Butter And Egg man / You're The Apple Of My Eye album art Louis Armstrong And The All-Stars* And Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And The All-Stars* And Velma Middleton - Big Butter And Egg man / You're The Apple Of My Eye (Single) Decca US 1952 Sell This Version
Velma Middleton - That's My Desire / Baby, It's Cold Outside album art Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton With The All Stars* Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton With The All Stars* - That's My Desire / Baby, It's Cold Outside Decca US 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
Velma Middleton - Big Butter And Egg Man / When It's Sleepy Time Down South album art Louis Armstrong, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong, Velma Middleton - Big Butter And Egg Man / When It's Sleepy Time Down South Columbia Australia 1953 Sell This Version
SCMG 129 Velma Middleton - The Formula of Love  album art Nina Et Frederik*, Louis Armstrong And His Concert Group, Velma Middleton Nina Et Frederik*, Louis Armstrong And His Concert Group, Velma Middleton - The Formula of Love (7", Single) Columbia SCMG 129 Greece 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
Velma Middleton - Kiss Of Fire / Big Butter And Egg Man album art Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra, Velma Middleton Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra, Velma Middleton - Kiss Of Fire / Big Butter And Egg Man Decca Finland 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