Sir Charles Thompson Discography 1940 - 1949



Generated on Wed, Jan 1, 2003


Return to the intro page


Date: October 23, 1940
Location: New York City

ldr- Horace Henderson; a- Sir Charles Thompson; t- Nat Bates, Emmett Berry, Harold "Money" Johnson; tb- Archie Brown, Leo Williams; as- Howard Johnson, C.Q. Price; ts- Bob Dorsey, Lee Pope; bar- Leonard Talley; p- Horace Henderson; b- Israel Crosby; d- Debo Mills


Date: December 19, 1940
Location: Hollywood, CA

ldr- Lionel Hampton; cl- Marshall Royal; as- Marshall Royal; p- Sir Charles Thompson; vib- Lionel Hampton; g- Irving Ashby; vn- Ray Perry; b- Vernon Alley; d- Lee Young; v- Hampton Rhythm Girls, Evelyn Myers, Lee Young


Date: December 20, 1940
Location: Hollywood, CA

ldr- Lionel Hampton; cl- Marshall Royal; as- Marshall Royal; p- Sir Charles Thompson; vib- Lionel Hampton; g- Irving Ashby; vn- Ray Perry; b- Vernon Alley; d- Lee Young; v- Hampton Rhythm Girls, Evelyn Myers, Lee Young


Date: April 8, 1941
Location: Chicago

ldr- Lionel Hampton; t- Karl George; cl- Marshall Royal; as- Marshall Royal; p- Sir Charles Thompson; vib- Lionel Hampton; g- Irving Ashby; vn- Ray Perry; b- Vernon Alley; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson; v- Rubel Blakely, Lionel Hampton


Date: September 26, 1941
Location: Panther Room, Chicago

ldr- Lionel Hampton; t- Karl George, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal; tb- Fred Beckett, Unknown; cl- Marshall Royal; as- Ray Perry, Marshall Royal; ts- Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet; bar- Jack McVea; p- Sir Charles Thompson; vib- Lionel Hampton; g- Irving Ashby; b- Vernon Alley; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson

The session was a radio broadcast.


Date: December 19, 1944
Location: Hollywood, CA

ldr- Lucky Millinder; t- Joe Guy, Leroy Elton Hill, Joe Jordan, Mel Moore, Curtis Murphy, Freddie Webster; tb- Joe Britton, Alfred Cobbs, Eugene Simon; ts- Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Earnest Leavey, Preston Love, Bill Swindell, Lucky Thompson, Elmer Williams; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Addison; b- Jimmie Butts; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Judy Carroll

The listed session date is actually the date that this radio program was aired. The actual recording date was likely some time before the listed session date.


Date: December 26, 1944
Location: Hollywood, CA

ldr- Lucky Millinder; t- Joe Guy, Leroy Elton Hill, Joe Jordan, Mel Moore, Curtis Murphy, Freddie Webster; tb- Joe Britton, Alfred Cobbs, Eugene Simon; as- Preston Love, Bill Swindell; ts- Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Lucky Thompson, Elmer Williams; bar- Earnest Leavey; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Addison; b- Jimmie Butts; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Lena Horne

The listed session date is actually the date that this radio program was aired. The actual date was likely some time before the listed session date. This session/radio transcription date is estimated between the two known dates of Jubilee Broadcasts #113 and #115.


Date: ca. 1945
Location: Hollywood, CA

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Howard McGhee; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Oscar Pettiford; d- Denzil Best

Issued in 1945 as a scene from the movie The Crimson Canary. The scene featured Coleman Hawkins, Howard McGhee, Sir Charles Thompson, Oscar Pettiford and Denzil Best playing Hollywood Stampede.


Date: January 8, 1945
Location: Hollywood, CA

ldr- Lucky Millinder; t- Joe Guy, Leroy Elton Hill, Joe Jordan, Mel Moore, Curtis Murphy, Freddie Webster; tb- Joe Britton, Alfred Cobbs, Eugene Simon; as- Preston Love, Bill Swindell; ts- Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Lucky Thompson, Elmer Williams; bar- Earnest Leavey; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Addison; b- Jimmie Butts; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Mel Moore, Ethel Waters

The listed session date is actually the date that this radio program was aired. The actual date was likely sometime before the listed session date.


Date: January 11, 1945
Location: Los Angeles

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Howard McGhee; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Eddie Robinson; d- Denzil Best


Date: January 15, 1945
Location: Hollywood, CA

ldr- Lucky Millinder; t- Joe Guy, Leroy Elton Hill, Joe Jordan, Mel Moore, Curtis Murphy, Freddie Webster; tb- Joe Britton, Alfred Cobbs, Eugene Simon, Bill Swindell; as- Preston Love, Bill Swindell; ts- Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Lucky Thompson, Elmer Williams; bar- Earnest Leavey; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Addison; b- Jimmie Butts; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Judy Carroll

The listed session date is actually the date that this radio program was aired. The actual recording date was likely some time before the listed session date. This session/radio transcription date is estimated following the previously known date for Jubilee Broadcast #115.


Date: February 23, 1945
Location: Los Angeles

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Howard McGhee; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Allan Reuss; b- Oscar Pettiford; d- Denzil Best


Date: ca. March 1945
Location: NBC Studios, Hollywood, CA

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Howard McGhee; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Oscar Pettiford; d- Denzil Best

This session was in the February/March timeframe and was aired on the AFRS "Jubilee" Show #122 and #218.


Date: March 2, 1945
Location: Los Angeles

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Howard McGhee; tb- Vic Dickenson; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Allan Reuss; b- Oscar Pettiford; d- Denzil Best

"Hollywood Stampede" is mistitled on the Extreme Rarities issue (#1008) as "Sweet Georgia Brown." "Hollywood Stampede" also appears in the film "Crimson Canary." "Rifftide" was unissued but a tape exists.


Date: March 9, 1945
Location: Los Angeles

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Howard McGhee; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Allan Reuss; b- John Simmons; d- Denzil Best


Date: ca. July 1945
Location: Los Angeles

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet; tb- Henry Coker; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Arthur Dennis; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Ulysses Livingstone; b- Billy Hadnott; d- Johnny Otis; v- Russell Jacquet

The month and year of this session is accurate; the day is estimated.


Date: ca. August 1945
Location: New York City

ldr- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson; t- Harold "Money" Johnson; as- Bernie Peacock; ts- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson, Sam "The Man" Taylor; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Mackey; b- Beverly Peer; d- Dave "Panama" Francis

Recorded under the group name "Bull Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats." There are likely additional personnel other than those known listed.


Date: August 28, 1945
Location: Los Angeles

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet; tb- Henry Coker; ts- Tom Archia, Illinois Jacquet; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Ulysses Livingstone; b- John Simmons; d- Johnny Otis


Date: September 4, 1945
Location: New York City

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; t- Buck Clayton; as- Charlie Parker; ts- Dexter Gordon; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Danny Barker; b- Jimmy Butts; d- J. C. Heard

After this session, sometime in October 1945, "The Charlie Parker Combo" (Miles Davis, Sir Charles Thompson, Dexter Gordon, Leonard Gaskin and Stan Levey) open at the Spotlite Club on 52nd Street.


Date: ca. December 1945
Location: New York City

ldr- Annisteen Allen; t- Harold "Money" Johnson, Unknown; as- Bernie Peacock, Unknown; ts- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson, Sam "The Man" Taylor; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Mackey; b- Beverly Peer; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Annisteen Allen

The name of the group that recorded this session was "Annisteen Allen And Her Home Town Boys." The bass player could possibly have been Jerry Cox.

"I Want A Man" was used as a film soundtrack during this period.


Date: ca. December 2, 1945
Location: New York City

ldr- Dave "Panama" Francis, Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson; t- Harold "Money" Johnson, Unknown; tb- Joe Britton, Alfred Cobbs, Eugene Simon; as- Sammy Hopkins, Bernie Peacock; ts- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson, Sam "The Man" Taylor; bar- Ernest Purce; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Beverly Peer; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Leo Ketchun

"Three Bones" was released as led by Panama Francis and His Miamians. "Sweet Slumber" was released as led by Bull Moose Jackson and His Buffalo Bearcats.


Date: December 19, 1945
Location: New York City

ldr- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson; t- Harold "Money" Johnson, Unknown; tb- Joe Britton, Alfred Cobbs, Eugene Simon; as- Sammy Hopkins, Bernie Peacock; ts- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson, Sam Taylor; bar- Ernest Purce; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Beverly Peer; d- Dave "Panama" Francis

This session was conducted during December 19-20, 1945. The reverse side of King 4165 (Cleveland Ohio Blues) features a different group (Charlie White).


Date: ca. 1946
Location: New York City

ldr- Annisteen Allen; t- Harold "Money" Johnson, Unknown; as- Bernie Peacock, Unknown; ts- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson, Sam "The Man" Taylor; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Mackey; b- Beverly Peer; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Annisteen Allen

The name of the group that recorded this session was "Annisteen Allen And Her Home Town Boys." The bass player could possibly have been Jerry Cox.


Date: ca. January 2, 1946
Location: New York City

ldr- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson; t- Harold "Money" Johnson; tb- Joe Britton, Alfred Cobbs, Eugene Simon; as- Sammy Hopkins, Bernie Peacock; ts- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson, Sam "The Man" Taylor; bar- Ernest Purce; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Beverly Peer; d- Dave "Panama" Francis


Date: February 26, 1946
Location: New York City

ldr- Lucky Millinder; t- John Bello, Archie Johnson, Harold "Money" Johnson, Leon Merian; tb- Alfred Cobbs, Frank Mazzoli, Eugene Simon; as- Sammy Hopkins, George Nichols, Bernie Peacock; ts- Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson, Sam "The Man" Taylor; bar- Ernest Purce; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Bernard Mackey; b- Jerry Cox; d- Dave "Panama" Francis; v- Annisteen Allen, Clarence "Bullmoose" Jackson

"Big Fat Mamas" with Bull Moose Jackson on vocal and "Hello Bill" with Lucky Millinder on vocal were also recorded and used as film soundtracks during this period.


Date: April 1, 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet, Fats Navarro, Joe Newman; tb- J. J. Johnson; as- Jimmy Powell; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Freddie Green; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson


Date: May 21, 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Joe Newman; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson


Date: ca. July 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; t- Joe Newman; ts- Bob Dorsey; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Freddie Green; b- John Simmons; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson


Date: September 10, 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman; tb- J. J. Johnson; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- John Collins; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson; v- Russell Jacquet


Date: November 28, 1947
Location: Chicago

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman; tb- J. J. Johnson; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- John Collins; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson; v- Russell Jacquet


Date: December 18, 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman; tb- J. J. Johnson; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson; v- Russell Jacquet


Date: December 19, 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman; tb- J. J. Johnson; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- John Collins; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson; v- Russell Jacquet


Date: December 23, 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Ella Fitzgerald; ts- Illinois Jacquet; p- Hank Jones; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Hy White; b- John Simmons; d- J. C. Heard; v- Ella Fitzgerald


Date: December 29, 1947
Location: New York City

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; t- Taft Jordan, Joe Newman; tb- H. B. Mitchell; as- Pete Brown; ts- Bob Dorsey; bar- Tate Houston; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Hank Morton; b- John Simmons; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson


Date: March 23, 1948
Location: Detroit

ldr- Leo Parker; t- Joe Newman; ts- Charlie Rouse; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Al Lucas; d- Jack "The Bear" Parker

Joe Newman does not play on "Dinky." There was also a French issue (WL70547) of parts of this session (label, title, catalog number unknown, probably a 10"LP that contained "On The House," Dinky," Leo's Bells," Sweet Talkin' Leo," and "Swingin' For Love.")


Date: ca. May 1948
Location: United Sound, Detroit

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson

Boplicity Records lists John Simmons as a possible bassist for this session.


Date: ca. May 2, 1948
Location: United Sound, Detroit

ldr- Russell Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet; tb- J.J. Johnson; as- Sonny Stitt; ts- Maurice Simon; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson

This session was released under the name "Russell Jacquet & His All Stars. "


Date: ca. June 1948
Location: United Sound, Detroit

ldr- Sonny Stitt; t- Russell Jacquet; as- Sonny Stitt; p- Sir Charles Thompson; vib- Milt Jackson; b- Ray Brown; d- Max Roach

This session was released under "Lord Nelson" or "Lord Nelson And His Boppers", Lord Nelson being a pseudonym for Sonny Stitt.


Date: September 21, 1948
Location: New York City

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; ts- Hal Singer; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Unknown; b- Unknown; d- Unknown


Date: ca. December 1948
Location: New York City

ldr- Russell Jacquet; t- Russell Jacquet; tb- J.J. Johnson; as- Sonny Stitt; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Al Lucas; d- Shadow (Rossiere) Wilson


Date: December 21, 1948
Location: New York City

ldr- Arbee Stidham; tb- Frank Galbraith; as- Tab Smith; ts- Harold Clark, Hal Singer; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Mundell Lowe; b- H.H. Holmes; d- G. Stanton; v- Arbee Stidham


Return to the intro page