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Chick Webb

dr, 1905-1939 US, Baltimore
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. William Henry Webb

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)

  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
I Can't Dance I Got Ants in My Pants on The Chick Webb Saga, Vol. 2 by Chick Webb
When I Get Low I Get High on The Chick Webb Saga, Vol. 1 by Chick Webb
Midnight In A Madhouse on Music & Highlights: Chick Webb - Best of by Chick Webb
Midnight in a Madhouse on The Ultimate Collection by Chick Webb
Midnight In A Madhouse on Spinnin' The Webb by Chick Webb
Heebie Jeebies on Spinnin' The Webb by Chick Webb
Spinnin' The Webb on Spinnin' The Webb by Chick Webb
Harlem Congo on Spinnin' The Webb by Chick Webb
Stompin' at the Savoy on Big Band instrumentals: 16 Most Requested Songs by Various Artists
Go Harlem on Spinnin' The Webb by Chick Webb

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Title Artist Year Type
The Savoy King: Chick Webb And The Music That Changed AmericaChick Webb2018Single
The Complete Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions (1934-1941)Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald2013Compil.
In Chronology - 1935-1939Chick Webb2009Album
In Chronology - 1929-1934Chick Webb2009Album
Stompin' At The SavoyChick Webb2002Compil.
Stompin' At The SavoyChick Webb2001Compil.
Let's Get TogetherChick Webb2000Album
3 - "Strictly Jive" (1936-1938)Chick Webb1999Compil.
Spinnin' The WebbChick Webb1998Compil.
Live Recording 1935-1946Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb Her Orchestra With Bob Haggart1996Album
Ella And ChickElla Fitzgerald And Chick Webb1995Single
His Best Recordings 1929 - 1939Chick Webb1994Compil.
Spinnin' The Webb - The Original Decca RecordingsChick Webb1994Compil.
Spinnin' The Webb - The Original Decca RecordingsChick Webb1994Compil.
Rhythm ManChick Webb1992Compil.
Drums and FlutesHerbie Mann, Chick Webb, Hubert Laws, Joe Morello1985Compil.
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band EraChick Webb / Ted Heath / Perez Prado / Johnny Bothwell / Nat Brandwynne1985Compil.
In The GrooveChick Webb1983Compil.
Princess Of The Savoy (1936-1939)Chick Webb And Ella Fitzgerald1980Compil.
Chick Webb 4, "Ella Swings The Band"-- (1936-1939)Chick Webb And Ella Fitzgerald1980Compil.
Ella Sings, Chick SwingsElla Fitzgerald, Chick Webb1974Album
At The Southland Of BostonElla Fitzgerald & Chick Webb1974Compil.
Ella Sings, Chick SwingsElla Fitzgerald And Chick Webb1974Album
On The airChick Webb Featuring Ella Fitzgerald1970Album
Ella And Chick Webb 1937/1939Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb1968Compil.
The Immortal Chick Webb/Stompin' At The SavoyChick Webb1967Compil.
A Legend - Volume One (1929-1936)Chick Webb1967Compil.
King Of The Savoy Vol 2 1937-1939Chick Webb1967Compil.
A Legend - Volume One (1929-1936)Chick Webb1967Compil.
Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb's BandElla Fitzgerald, Chick Webb1962Compil.
Midnite in HarlemChick Webb1962Compil.
Ella And Chick Webb 1937/1939Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb1958Compil.
Chick Webb And His Orchestra 1936Chick WebbAlbum
Chick Webb And His Orchestra - 1939Chick WebbAlbum
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