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Stan Wrightsman

p, 1910-1975 US, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
Musician of Jazz

American jazz pianist. Born : June 15, 1910 in Gotebo, Oklahoma. Died : December 17, 1975 in Palm Springs, California. His father was a musician and his first gigs were with his dad's band. In 1930, he moved to New Orleans and played with bandleader Ray Miller. He played with various bands and moved to Chicago in 1935-1936 to play with Ben Pollack, before becoming ill and moving back to California in 1937. Inspired in large part by an association with Spike Jones, Wrightsman ventured into the realm of musical parody; in 1941, he played and recorded with the Jones band that evolved into the City Slickers. Wrightsman left when the band moved too far afield of jazz. During the '40s, he played mainstream jazz and pop with -- among others -- Artie Shaw, Wingy Manone, Eddie Miller, Rudy Vallée, Nappy Lamare, Bob Crosby (1950-1951), Matty Matlock, Pete Fountain, the Rampart Street Paraders, Ray Bauduc, Wild Bill Davison, and Bob Scobey. He played on the soundtracks to the Red Nichols biopic "The Five Pennies" and the Jack Webb film "Pete Kelly's Blues". Wrightsman played with Fountain a great deal during the '60s and continued working in TV and film. He moved to Las Vegas in the late '60s, where he backed Wayne Newton and Flip Wilson, among others.

  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
With Plenty of Money and You (feat. Eddie Miller, Moe Schneider, Stan Wrightsman, George Van Eps, Nick Fatool) on Unsung Musician - Arranger by Matty Matlock
What Will I Do Without You (feat. Eddie Miller, Moe Schneider, Stan Wrightsman, George Van Eps, Nick Fatool) on Unsung Musician - Arranger by Matty Matlock

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Band Members
Title Artist Year Type
Once In AwhileGeorge Van Eps, Eddie Miller, Stan Wrightsman2014Compil.
Stomp, Mr. Henry Lee / Stars Fell On AlabamaEddie Miller, George Van Eps, Stan Wrightsman1949Album
Back Home / It's Easy To RememberEddie Miller, George Van Eps, Stan Wrightsman1946Album
Peg 'O My Heart / Ain't Misbehavin'Eddie Miller, George Van Eps, Stan Wrightsman1945Album
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