Chick Webb

Real Name:
William Henry Webb
Profile:
American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Born February 10, 1909 in Baltimore, MD, USA
Died June 16, 1939 in Baltimore, MD, USA

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 was born with a physical deformity described as TB of the spine. To earn money for his first set of drums at age 11 he worked 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.
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Albums

7119, OL-7119 Chick Webb - Ella Sings, Chick Swings album art Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb - Ella Sings, Chick Swings (Album, Comp) Olympic Records (4), Olympic Records (4) 7119, OL-7119 US 1974 Sell This Version
KLJ - 20017, 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, Comp) Kings Of Jazz, Kings Of Jazz KLJ - 20017, KLJ 20017 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
JAZ-2021, JAZ 2021 Chick Webb - Webb On The Air album art Webb* & Ella Fitzgerald Webb* & Ella Fitzgerald - Webb On The Air(LP) Jazz Bird, Jazz Bird JAZ-2021, JAZ 2021 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ABMMCD 1281 Chick Webb - Let's Get Together album art Chick Webb Let's Get Together(CD, Album) ABM ABMMCD 1281 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
QSR 2437 Chick Webb - Chick Webb And His Orchestra 1936 album art Chick Webb Chick Webb And His Orchestra 1936 Alamac Record Company QSR 2437 US Unknown Sell This Version
ER-8 Chick Webb - The Big Band Era album art Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Artie Shaw, Ted Heath, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Teddy Wilson Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Artie Shaw, Ted Heath, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Teddy Wilson - The Big Band Era(4xLP) Everest Records (2) ER-8 US Unknown Sell This Version
131 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", Album) Decca 131 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

10 163 Chick Webb - Volume 1 album art Ella* And Chick Webb Ella* And Chick Webb - Volume 1 (EP) Brunswick 10 163 France 1958 Sell This Version

Compilations

87501 Std., 87501 - Std, 87501 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 87501 Std., 87501 - Std, 87501 France 1958 Sell This Version
87 501 Std., 87 501 - Std, 87 501 Chick Webb - Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb album art Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb - Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb(LP, Comp, Mono) Brunswick, Brunswick, Brunswick 87 501 Std., 87 501 - Std, 87 501 France 1958 Sell This Version
AH 36, 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 (Comp) Ace Of Hearts, Ace Of Hearts AH 36, AH.36 UK 1962 Sell This Version
AH 32, AH.32 Chick Webb - Midnite in Harlem album art Chick Webb Midnite in Harlem (Comp) Ace Of Hearts, Ace Of Hearts AH 32, AH.32 UK 1962 Sell This Version
CL 2639 Chick Webb - The Immortal Chick Webb / Stompin' At The Savoy album art Chick Webb The Immortal Chick Webb / Stompin' At The Savoy (Comp) Columbia CL 2639 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 79223 Chick Webb - King Of The Savoy Vol 2 1937-1939 album art Chick Webb King Of The Savoy Vol 2 1937-1939 (Comp) Decca DL 79223 Israel 1958 Sell This Version
SDL-932,699 Chick Webb - A Legend - Volume One (1929-1936) album art Chick Webb A Legend - Volume One (1929-1936) (Comp) Decca SDL-932,699 Australia 1967 Sell This Version
ALD 8039 Chick Webb - The Immortal Chick Webb / Stompin' At The Savoy album art Chick Webb The Immortal Chick Webb / Stompin' At The Savoy(LP, Comp, Mono) CBS ALD 8039 US 1967 Sell This Version
AR/LP 12009 Chick Webb - On The Air album art Chick Webb Featuring Ella Fitzgerald Chick Webb Featuring Ella Fitzgerald - On The Air(LP, Comp) Ariston AR/LP 12009 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
IARJC-5 Chick Webb - For the First Time album art Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Jack Teagarden, Bunny Berigan Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Jack Teagarden, Bunny Berigan - For the First Time(LP, Comp) International Association Of Jazz Record Collectors IARJC-5 Canada 1974 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
2494 347 Chick Webb - The Golden Swing Years 1935 - 1939 - Volume 15 album art Chick Webb The Golden Swing Years 1935 - 1939 - Volume 15(LP, Comp) Polyfar 2494 347 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
MCA-1327 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 MCA-1327 US 1980 Sell This Version
510.119 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 510.119 France 1975 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
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