Chick Webb

Real Name:
William Henry Webb
Profile:
American jazz drummer and bandleader. Prominent drummers such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, & George Wettling hailed Chick Webb as the best and most influencial of all the Big Band drummers. He earned money for his first set of drums at age 11 working as a newsboy. By the early 1920s he was playing drums on excursion boats in Baltimore Harbor. He moved to New York where he freelanced. He played with and became lifelong friends with Duke Ellington . Webb formed his first small band in 1926. Slowly gaining momentum, in 1935 he hired the shy and unsure teen-aged Ella Fitzgerald. Now headlining at The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, Chick Webb was no longer an also ran to the likes of Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, or Cab Calloway. In 1938. now with Van Alexander as his primary arranger, Webb and Ella became national stars with the million seller "A-Tisket, A-Tasket". His final recording was on April 21, 1939.
Also known as Little Chick, Webb had suffered from ill health from birth. His spine was malformed. Peers note that he rarely complained, was "an uncommonly nice man to work with", he "hardly ever became upset when things went wrong", & that he was "very unselfish". Ella Fitzgerald's legal guardian, Chick Webb passed away June 16, 1939 at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore with his wife Sally Hart Webb at his side.

b. February 10, 1909 (Baltimore, MD, USA)
d. June 16, 1939 (Baltimore, MD, USA)
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Chick Webb Discography Tracks

Albums

AR/LP 12009 Chick Webb - On The air album art Chick Webb Featuring Ella Fitzgerald Chick Webb Featuring Ella Fitzgerald - On The air(LP, Album) Ariston AR/LP 12009 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - Ella Sings, Chick Swings album art Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb - Ella Sings, Chick Swings (Album) Olympic Records (4) US 1974 Sell This Version
7119 Chick Webb - Ella Sings, Chick Swings album art Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb - Ella Sings, Chick Swings(LP, Quad) Gold Medal Collection 7119 US 1974 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - Chick Webb And His Orchestra 1936 album art Chick Webb Chick Webb And His Orchestra 1936 Alamac Record Company US Unknown Sell This Version
KLJ 20017 Chick Webb - At His Rare Of All Rarest Performances Vol. 1 album art Chick Webb At His Rare Of All Rarest Performances Vol. 1(LP) Kings Of Jazz KLJ 20017 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

637 Chick Webb - Metallo Ardente / Il Sentiero Dei Ricordi album art Ella Fitzgerald Con Orchestra Chick Webb*, Connie Boswell Con The Lyn Murray Singers Ella Fitzgerald Con Orchestra Chick Webb*, Connie Boswell Con The Lyn Murray Singers - Metallo Ardente / Il Sentiero Dei Ricordi(Shellac, 10") Fonit 637 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
10 163 EPB, EPB 10 163 Chick Webb - Ella And Chick album art Ella* And Chick* Ella* And Chick* - Ella And Chick(7", EP, Mono) Brunswick, Brunswick 10 163 EPB, EPB 10 163 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

A-600 Chick Webb - Five Feet Of Swing album art Bob Crosby \ Jimmy Dorsey \ Dorsey Bros.* \ Glen Gray \ Chick Webb Bob Crosby \ Jimmy Dorsey \ Dorsey Bros.* \ Glen Gray \ Chick Webb - Five Feet Of Swing(5xShellac, 12", Comp) Decca A-600 US 1947 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - Ella And Chick Webb 1937/1939 album art Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb - Ella And Chick Webb 1937/1939 (Comp) Brunswick France 1958 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - Midnite in Harlem album art Chick Webb Midnite in Harlem (Comp) Ace Of Hearts, Ace Of Hearts UK 1962 Sell This Version
AH 36 Chick Webb - Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb's Band album art Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb - Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb's Band(LP, Comp, Mono) Ace Of Hearts AH 36 UK 1962 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - King Of The Savoy Vol 2 1937-1939 album art Chick Webb King Of The Savoy Vol 2 1937-1939 (Comp) Decca Australia 1967 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - The Immortal Chick Webb/Stompin' At The Savoy album art Chick Webb The Immortal Chick Webb/Stompin' At The Savoy (Comp) Columbia Canada 1967 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - A Legend - Volume One (1929-1936) album art Chick Webb A Legend - Volume One (1929-1936) (Comp) Decca Australia 1967 Sell This Version
9047, 10835 Chick Webb - Ella And Chick Webb 1937/1939 album art Ella* And Chick Webb Ella* And Chick Webb - Ella And Chick Webb 1937/1939(LP, Comp) Decca, Galeria Odeon 9047, 10835 Argentina 1968 Sell This Version
BLJ 8010 Chick Webb - At The Southland Of Boston album art Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb - At The Southland Of Boston(LP, Comp) Durium BLJ 8010 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - Princess Of The Savoy (1936-1939) album art Chick Webb With Ella Fitzgerald Chick Webb With Ella Fitzgerald - Princess Of The Savoy (1936-1939) (Comp) MCA Records France 1975 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - Chick Webb 4, "Ella Swings The Band"-- (1936-1939) album art Chick Webb And Ella Fitzgerald Chick Webb And Ella Fitzgerald - Chick Webb 4, "Ella Swings The Band"-- (1936-1939) (Comp) MCA Records US 1980 Sell This Version
AFS 1007 Chick Webb - In The Groove album art Chick Webb In The Groove(LP, Comp) Affinity AFS 1007 UK 1983 Sell This Version
JAZZ19 Chick Webb - Drums and Flutes album art Herbie Mann, Chick Webb, Hubert Laws, Joe Morello Herbie Mann, Chick Webb, Hubert Laws, Joe Morello - Drums and Flutes(4xLP, Comp, Box) The Franklin Mint Record Society, The Greatest Jazz Recordings Of All Time JAZZ19 US 1985 Sell This Version
93/94 Chick Webb - The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band Era album art Chick Webb / Ted Heath / Perez Prado / Johnny Bothwell / Nat Brandwynne Chick Webb / Ted Heath / Perez Prado / Johnny Bothwell / Nat Brandwynne - The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band Era(2xLP, Comp, Mono, Red + Box) The Franklin Mint Record Society 93/94 US 1985 Sell This Version
HEP CD 1023 Chick Webb - Rhythm Man album art Chick Webb Rhythm Man(CD, Comp) Hep Records (3) HEP CD 1023 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Chick Webb - Spinnin' The Webb - The Original Decca Recordings album art Chick Webb Spinnin' The Webb - The Original Decca Recordings (Comp) GRP US 1994 Sell This Version
GRP 16352 Chick Webb Spinnin' The Webb - The Original Decca Recordings(CD, Comp) GRP GRP 16352 France 1994 Sell This Version
4015 Chick Webb - His Best Recordings 1929 - 1939 album art Chick Webb His Best Recordings 1929 - 1939(CD, Comp) Best Of Jazz 4015 France 1994 Sell This Version

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