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Velma Middleton

voc, 1917-1961 US, Holdenville, Oklahoma
Singer / Musician of Jazz

Born: September 01, 1917, Holdenville, Oklahoma, USA Died: February 10, 1961, Freetown, Sierra Leone American jazz vocalist, best known for her work with Louis Armstrong, she died in Freetown, Sierra Leone, during a tour with him. She was originally a dancer and, although overweight, she often did splits on stage, even during her Armstrong years. Middleton had an average but pleasing and good-humored voice. After freelancing, including a visit to South America in 1938 with Connie McLean's Orchestra and performing as a solo act, she joined Louis Armstrong's big band in 1942, appearing on some Soundies with Satchmo. After Armstrong broke up the orchestra in 1947, Middleton joined his All-Stars. She was often used for comic relief, such as for duets with Satchmo on "That's My Desire" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside", and she did occasional features. Few jazz critics thought highly of her singing, but Armstrong considered her part of his family, and she was a constant part of his show. She recorded eight selections as a leader for the Dootone label, in 1948 and 1951.

  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
That's My Desire - Live At Symphony Hall, Boston,1947 on Sings - Back Through The Years/A Centennial Celebration by Louis Armstrong
Baby, It's Cold Outside - Mulato Beats Remix on Christmas Remixed - Holiday Classics Re-Grooved by Various Artists
You're Just In Love - Single Version on Satchmo In Style by Louis Armstrong
Big Butter And Eggman on Satchmo In Style by Louis Armstrong
Baby It's Cold Outside on The Decca Singles 1949-1958 by Louis Armstrong
That's My Desire on The Decca Singles 1949-1958 by Louis Armstrong
Trouble In Mind - 1983 Satchmo Version on Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography by Louis Armstrong
Baby, It's Cold Outside - King Kooba Remix on Christmas Remixed 3 by Various Artists

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Title Artist Year Type
All That Jazz, Vol. 74: Live In Boston - 30th November 1947Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars Featuing Jack Teagarden ・ Barney Bigard ・ Dick Cary ・ Arvell Shaw ・ Velma Middleton2016Album
Louis Armstrong And His All-StarsLouis Armstrong And His All-Stars, Earl Hines, Velma Middleton1992Compil.
The Unforgettable DuetsLouis Armstrong & Velma Middleton1988Compil.
Le Canzoni Più Belle - N° 12Louis Armstrong E Velma Middleton / Fats Waller & His Continental Rhythm1973Single
Big Butter And Egg Man / When It's Sleepy Time Down SouthLouis Armstrong, Velma Middleton1953Album
Big Butter And Egg man / You're The Apple Of My EyeLouis Armstrong And His All-Stars And Velma Middleton1952Album
Takes Two To Tango / That's My DesireLouis Armstrong, Velma Middleton1952Album
That's My Desire / Baby, It's Cold OutsideLouis Armstrong And Velma Middleton With Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars1952Single
Baby It's Cold OutsideLouis Armstrong & Velma Middleton1952Single
Baby It's Cold Outside / You're Just In LoveLouis Armstrong And Velma Middleton1951Album
If / (I Wonder Why) You're Just In LoveLouis Armstrong And His Orchestra / Louis Armstrong And Velma Middleton1951Single
Kiss Of Fire / Big Butter And Egg ManLouis Armstrong And His Orchestra, Velma Middleton1927Album
Louis Armstrong All StarsLouis Armstrong And His All-Stars, Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, Arvell Shaw, Sidney Catlett, Velma MiddletonAlbum
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