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Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy

Band,
Jazz
A.k.a. The Seven Little Clouds Of Joy

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).

  
Members
PortraitMary Lou Williams
p 1910-1981 US
PortraitJimmy Cleveland
tb 1926-2008 US
PortraitDon Byas
ts 1912-1972 US
PortraitRay Copeland
tr 1926-1984 US
PortraitMilt Hinton
b 1910-2000 US
PortraitOsie Johnson
dr 1923-1966 US
PortraitAl Cohn
ts 1925-1988 US
PortraitAndy Kirk
tu, voc 1898-1992 US
PortraitBernie Glow
tr 1926-1982 GB
PortraitFreddie Green
g 1911-1987 US
PortraitFrank Rehak
tb 1926-1987 US
PortraitConte Candoli
tr 1927-2001 US
Al Epstein
sax, bgo, ts *1921 GB
PortraitJoe Newman
tr 1922-1992 US
PortraitHarold Baker
tr 1914-1966 US
Sam Marowitz
as, sax
PortraitKenny Kersey
p 1916-1983 CA
Allen Durham
tb US
Ted Donnelly
tb 1912-1958 US
PortraitPha Terrell
voc 1910-1945 US
Harry Lawson
tr *1904 US
Earl Thompson
tr US
PortraitDick Wilson
ts *1911 US
Earl Miller
as US
John Harrington
cl, as *1910 US
PortraitClaude Williams
vn, g *1908 US
PortraitBooker Collins
b US
Ben Thigpen
dr 1908-1971 US
PortraitHal McKusick
as, cl 1924-2012 US
Ed Wasserman
ts, sax *1923 US
Billy Massey
voc US
PortraitTaswell Baird
tb 1922-2002 US
PortraitThomas Mitchell
tb 1926-2003 US
PortraitFloyd Smith
g 1917-1982 US
Chauncey Welsch
tb 1927-2008 US
John Williams
as *1905 US
PortraitArt Capehart
tr
Gene Prince
tr
Paul King
tr
PortraitReuben Phillips
as PR
Ted Robinson
g
Ted Brinson
g
Ben Smith
as, sax US
Edward McNeil
dr US
William Dirvin
g US
Lawrence Freeman
sax US
Milton Robinson
tb US
Popular Tracks   
Cuban Boogie Woogie - Live on Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: 1940-1942 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
The Count - Live on Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: 1940-1942 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
Midnight Stroll - Live on Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: 1940-1942 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
Goodbye - Live on Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy: 1938 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
Big Time Crip - Live on Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: 1940-1942 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
Mess-A-Stomp - Live on Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy: 1938 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine - Live on Andy Kirk: 1943-1949 by Andy Kirk and His Cloud of Joy & Andy Kirk And His Orchestra
Hip Hip Hooray - Live on Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: 1940-1942 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
No Answer - Live on Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: 1940-1942 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
Mary's Idea - Live on Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy: 1938 by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Little Joe From Chicago / Mary's IdeaAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1993Album
1940-1942Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1993Compil.
Andy Kirk And The 12 Clouds Of JoyAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy With Mary Lou Williams1993Compil.
1929-1931Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1992Compil.
1938Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1991Compil.
Kansas City Bounce 1936-1940Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1991Compil.
1936-1937Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1991Compil.
The Uncollected 1944Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1986Album
All Out For HicksvilleAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1985Compil.
Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1984Compil.
Walkin' And Swingin'Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1983Compil.
The Lady Who Swings The Band 1936-1938Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1982Compil.
Instrumentally SpeakingAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1980Compil.
Clouds From The SouthwestAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1979Compil.
3 / 1938-1942 **Clouds At Sundown**Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1975Compil.
Twelve Clouds Of JoyAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1967Compil.
A Mellow Bit Of Rhythm,Volume 3Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1957Single
Bearcat ShuffleAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1955Single
Worried Life Blues (Someday, Baby) / Boogie Woogie CocktailAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1942Album
Unlucky Blues / Ride On, Ride OnAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1942Album
Hey Lawdy Mama / McGhee SpecialAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1942Album
Hip Hip Hooray / Take It And GitAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1942Album
Lotta Sax Appeal / Doin' The Suzie QAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy / Lil Armstrong And Her Swing Band1941Album
47th Street Jive / Big Time CripAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1941Album
I'm Misunderstood / No AnswerAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1941Album
The Count / Twelfth Street RagAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1940Album
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone / Why Go On PretendingAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1940Album
Now I Lay Me Down To Dream / What's Your Story Morning GloryAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1940Album
Honey / Mary's IdeaAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1939Album
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You / Big Jim BluesAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1939Album
S'posin' / I'll Never LearnAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1939Album
Then I'll Be Happy / Dunkin' A DoughnutAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1939Album
I'll Never Fail You / Close To FiveAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1939Album
I "Wanna" Go Where You Go—Do What You Do Then I'll Be Happy / Dunkin' A DoughnutAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1939Album
But It Didn't Mean A Thing / What Would People SayAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
I Surrender Dear / I'll Get ByAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
I Won't Tell A Soul / Toadie ToddleAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me) / Sitting' Around And Dreamin'Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
What's Mine is Yours / It Must Be TrueAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
Poor Butterfly / Lover Come Back to MeAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
How Can We Be Wrong? / How Much Do You Mean To Me?Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
Bless You My Dear / Messa StompAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1938Album
Worried Over You / Wednesday Night HopAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1937Album
Better Luck Next Time / I Went To A GypsyAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1937Album
I'm Glad For Your Sake (But I'm Sorry For Mine) / DownstreamAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1937Album
In My Wildest Dreams / A Mellow Bit Of RhythmAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1937Album
Skies Are Blue / I'll Get Along SomehowAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1937Album
What Will I Tell My Heart / The Lady Who Swings The BandAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1936Album
Blue Clarinet Stomp / Mess-A-StompAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1936Album
Christopher Columbus / Froggy BottomAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1936Album
Lotta Sax Appeal / Bearcat ShuffleAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1936Album
Until The Real Thing Comes Along / Walkin' And Swingin'Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1936Album
Cloudy / Puddin' Head SerenadeAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1936Album
Dallas Blues / Basement BluesAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1931Album
Loose Ankles / I Lost My Gal From MemphisAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1930Album
Mary's Idea / Once Or TwiceAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy1930Album
Corky Stomp / Froggy BottomAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Then I'll Be Happy / Dunkin' A DoughnutAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Floyd's Guitar / Twinklin'Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Wednesday Night HopAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Downstream / A Mellow Bit Of RhythmAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Scratchin' In The Gravel / Take Those Blues AwayAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Live Session 1937 - Trianon Ballroom, ClevelandAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy, GrimoffsetAlbum
Steppin' Pretty / GitAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Instrumentally SpeakingAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyCompil.
Big Jim Blues / What's Your Story Morning GloryAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Little Joe From Chicago / The Key To My HeartAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Messa Stomp / Jump, Jack, JumpAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
The Big Dipper / Bear DownAndy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyAlbum
Instrumentally Speaking (1936-1942)Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of JoyCompil.
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