Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy

Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy

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Jazz orchestra directed by Andy Kirk (1898-1992), who took over Terrence Holder's Dark Clouds of Joy in 1929 and turned the band into a successful touring and recording unit, very largely dependent on the magnificent writing and arranging of Mary Lou Williams.

Though he was often out front for photo opportunities, Andy Kirk ran the Clouds of Joy strictly from the back row. The limelight was usually left to singer June Richmond or vocalist/conductor Pha Terrell; the best of the arrangements were done by Mary Lou Williams, who left the band in 1942; as a bass saxophonist, Kirk wasn't called on to take a solo. All the same, he turned the Clouds of Joy into one of the most inventive swing bands. His disposition was sunny and practical and he was a competent organizer (who in later life ran a Harlem hotel, the legendary Theresa, and organized a Musicians' Union local in New York City).
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Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Discography Tracks

Albums

HSR-227 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy The Uncollected 1944(LP, Album, Mono) Hindsight Records (2) HSR-227 US 1986 Sell This Version
Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* Live Session 1937 - Trianon Ballroom, Cleveland (Comp) Musidisc, Musidisc France Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4863 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Mary's Idea / Once Or Twice(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 4863 Canada 1930 Sell This Version
4803 Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* Loose Ankles / I Lost My Gal From Memphis(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 4803 US 1930 Sell This Version
500124 Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* / Noble Sissle And His Orchestra Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* / Noble Sissle And His Orchestra - Dallas Blues / Basement Blues(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 500124 France 1931 Sell This Version
1208 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Cloudy / Puddin' Head Serenade(Shellac, 10") Decca 1208 US 1936 Sell This Version
729 Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* Christopher Columbus / Froggy Bottom(Shellac, 10") Decca 729 US 1936 Sell This Version
10132 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Give Her A Pint (And She'll Tell It All) / Moten Swing(Shellac, 10") Decca 10132 Canada 1936 Sell This Version
809 Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* Until The Real Thing Comes Along / Walkin' And Swingin'(Shellac, 10") Decca 809 US 1936 Sell This Version
3255 Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* Blue Clarinet Stomp / Mess-A-Stomp(Shellac, 10", RE) Vocalion (2) 3255 US 1936 Sell This Version
1085 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy What Will I Tell My Heart / The Lady Who Swings The Band(Shellac, 10") Decca 1085 US 1936 Sell This Version
1046 Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy* Lotta Sax Appeal / Bearcat Shuffle(Shellac, 10") Decca 1046 US 1936 Sell This Version
1531 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy I'm Glad For Your Sake (But I'm Sorry For Mine) / Downstream(Shellac, 10") Decca 1531 US 1937 Sell This Version
1303 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Worried Over You / Wednesday Night Hop(Shellac, 10") Decca 1303 US 1937 Sell This Version
1579 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy In My Wildest Dreams / A Mellow Bit Of Rhythm(Shellac, 10") Decca 1579 US 1937 Sell This Version
1349 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Skies Are Blue / I'll Get Along Somehow(Shellac, 10") Decca 1349 US 1937 Sell This Version
1422 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Better Luck Next Time / I Went To A Gypsy(Shellac, 10") Decca 1422 US 1937 Sell This Version
Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy I Surrender Dear / I'll Get By Decca US 1938 Sell This Version
2081 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy How Can We Be Wrong? / How Much Do You Mean To Me?(Shellac, 10") Decca 2081 Canada 1938 Sell This Version
2127 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy I Won't Tell A Soul / Toadie Toddle(Shellac, 10") Decca 2127 US 1938 Sell This Version
2277 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy But It Didn't Mean A Thing / What Would People Say(Shellac, 10") Decca 2277 US 1938 Sell This Version
1663 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Poor Butterfly / Lover Come Back to Me(Shellac, 10") Decca 1663 US 1938 Sell This Version
1827 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy What's Mine is Yours / It Must Be True(Shellac, 10") Decca 1827 US 1938 Sell This Version
2261 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me) / Sitting' Around And Dreamin'(Shellac, 10") Decca 2261 US 1938 Sell This Version
2204 Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Bless You My Dear / Messa Stomp(Shellac, 10") Decca 2204 US 1938 Sell This Version

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