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Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke (March 10, 1903 – August 6, 1931) was an American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composer.With Louis Armstrong and Muggsy Spanier, Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s.
His turns on "Singin' the Blues and "I'm Coming, Virginia" (both 1927), in particular, demonstrated an unusual purity of tone and a gift for improvisation.
With these two recordings, especially, he helped to invent the jazz ballad style and hinted at what, in the 1950s, would become cool jazz.
"In a Mist" (1927), one of a handful of his piano compositions and one of only two he recorded, mixed classical (Impressionist) influences with jazz syncopation.
Beiderbecke also has been credited for his influence, directly, on Bing Crosby and, indirectly, via saxophonist Frank Trumbauer, on Lester Young.A native of Davenport, Iowa, Beiderbecke taught himself to play cornet largely by ear, leading him to adopt a non-standard fingering some critics have connected to his original sound.
He first recorded with Midwestern jazz ensembles, The Wolverines and The Bucktown Five in 1924, after which he played briefly for the Detroit-based Jean Goldkette Orchestra before joining Frankie "Tram" Trumbauer for an extended gig at the Arcadia Ballroom in St.
Beiderbecke and Trumbauer both joined Goldkette in 1926.
The band toured widely and famously played a set opposite Fletcher Henderson at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City in October 1926.
He made his greatest recordings in 1927 (see above).
In 1928, Trumbauer and Beiderbecke left Detroit to join the best-known and most prestigious dance orchestra in the country: the New-York-based Paul Whiteman Orchestra.Beiderbecke's most influential recordings date from his time with Goldkette and Whiteman, although they were generally recorded under his own name or Trumbauer's.
The Whiteman period also marked a precipitous decline in Beiderbecke's health, brought on by the demand of the bandleader's relentless touring and recording schedule in combination with Beiderbecke's persistent alcoholism.
A few stints in rehabilitation centers, as well as the support of Whiteman and the Beiderbecke family in Davenport, did not check Beiderbecke's decline in health.
He left the Whiteman band in 1930 and the following summer died in his Queens apartment at the age of 28.His death, in turn, gave rise to one of the original legends of jazz.
In magazine articles, musicians' memoirs, novels, and Hollywood films, Beiderbecke has been reincarnated as a Romantic hero, the "Young Man with a Horn".
His life has been portrayed as a battle against such common obstacles to art as family and commerce, while his death has been seen as a martyrdom for the sake of art.
The musician-critic Benny Green sarcastically called Beiderbecke "jazz's Number One Saint," while Ralph Berton compared him to Jesus.
The historical Beiderbecke, meanwhile, is the subject of scholarly controversy regarding his true name, the cause of his death, and the importance of his contributions to jazz.WolverinesBeiderbecke joined the Wolverine Orchestra late in 1923, and the seven-man group first played a speakeasy called the Stockton Club near Hamilton, Ohio.
Specializing in hot jazz and recoiling from so-called sweet music, the band took its name from one of its most frequent numbers, Jelly Roll Morton's "Wolverine Blues." During this time, Beiderbecke also took piano lessons from a young woman who introduced him to the works of Eastwood Lane.
Lane's piano suites and orchestral arrangements were both self-consciously American and influenced by the French Impressionists, and it is said to have greatly influenced Beiderbecke's style, especially on "In a Mist." A subsequent gig at Doyle's Dance Academy in Cincinnati became the occasion for a series of band and individual photographs that resulted in the most famous image of Beiderbecke—sitting fresh-faced, his hair perfectly combed, his horn resting on his right knee.On February 18, 1924, the Wolverines first recorded at Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana.
Their two sides that day included "Fidgety Feet", written by Nick LaRocca and Larry Shields from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and "Jazz Me Blues." Beiderbecke's solo on the latter suggested something new and significant in jazz, according to biographers Richard M.
Sudhalter and Philip R.
Evans:Both qualities—complementary or "correlated" phrasing and cultivation of the vocal, "singing" middle-range of the cornet—are on display in Bix's "Jazz Me Blues" solo, along with an already discernible inclination for unusual accidentals and inner chordal voices.
It is a pioneer record, introducing a musician of great originality with a pace-setting band.
And it astonished even the Wolverines themselves.The Wolverines recorded 15 sides for Gennett Records between February and October 1924.
The titles revealed a tough and well-formed cornet talent.
His lip had toughened from earlier, more tentative years; on nine of the Wolverines' recorded titles he proceeds commandingly from lead to opening solo without any need for a respite from playing.Beiderbecke made his first recordings 21 months before Armstrong recorded as a leader with the Hot Five.
Beiderbecke's style was very different from that of Louis Armstrong according to The Oxford Companion to Jazz:Where Armstrong's playing was bravura, regularly optimistic, and openly emotional, Beiderbecke's conveyed a range of intellectual alternatives.
Where Armstrong, at the head of an ensemble, played it hard, straight, and true, Beiderbecke, like a shadowboxer, invented his own way of phrasing "around the lead." Where Armstrong's superior strength delighted in the sheer power of what a cornet could produce, Beiderbecke's cool approach invited rather than commanded you to listen.Where Armstrong emphasized showmanship and virtuosity, Beiderbecke emphasized melody, even when improvising, and—different from Armstrong and contrary to how the Bix Beiderbecke of legend would be portrayed—he rarely strayed into the upper reaches of the register.
Paul Mares of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings insisted that Beiderbecke's chief influence was the New Orleans cornetist Emmett Hardy, who died in 1925 at the age of 23.
Indeed, Beiderbecke had met Hardy and the clarinetist Leon Roppolo in Davenport in 1921 when the two joined a local band and played in town for three months.
Beiderbecke apparently spent time with them, but the degree to which Hardy's style influenced Beiderbecke's is difficult to know because Hardy never recorded.
In some respects, Beiderbecke's playing was sui generis, but he nevertheless listened to and studied the music around him: from Armstrong and Joe "King" Oliver to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings to Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.Soon, he was listening to Hoagy Carmichael, too.
A law student and aspiring pianist and songwriter, Carmichael invited the Wolverines to Bloomington, Indiana, late in April 1924.
Beiderbecke had met Carmichael a couple of times before and the two became friends.
On May 6, 1924, the Wolverines recorded a tune Carmichael had written especially for Beiderbecke and his colleagues: "Riverboat Shuffle".Beiderbecke left the Wolverines in October 1924 for a spot with Jean Goldkette in Detroit, but the job didn't last long.
Goldkette recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company, whose musical director, Eddie King, objected to Beiderbecke's hot-jazz style of soloing; it wasn't copacetic with the commercial obligations that came with the band's recording contract.
King also was frustrated by the cornetist's inability to deftly sight read.
After a few weeks, Beiderbecke was bounced from the Goldkette band, but soon arranged a recording session back in Richmond with some of its members.
On January 26, 1925, Bix and His Rhythm Jugglers set two tunes to wax: "Toddlin' Blues", another number by LaRocca and Shields, and Beiderbecke's own composition, "Davenport Blues".
Beiderbecke biographer Lion has complained that the second number was marred by the alcohol consumed by the musicians.
In subsequent years, "Davenport Blues" has been recorded by musicians from Bunny Berigan to Ry Cooder to Geoff Muldaur.The following month, Beiderbecke enrolled at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
His stint in academia was even briefer than his time in Detroit, however.
When he attempted to pack his course schedule with music, his guidance counselor forced him instead to take religion, ethics, physical education, and military training.
It was an institutional blunder that Benny Green described as being, in retrospect, "comical," "fatuous," and "a parody." Beiderbecke promptly began to skip classes, and after he participated in a drunken bar fight, he was expelled.
That summer he played with his friends Don Murray and Howdy Quicksell at a lake resort in Michigan.
The band was run by Goldkette, and it put Beiderbecke in touch with another musician he had met before: the C-melody saxophone player Frankie Trumbauer.
The two hit it off, both personally and musically, despite Trumbauer having been warned by other musicians: "Look out, he's trouble.
He drinks and you'll have a hard time handling him." They were inseparable for much of the rest of Beiderbecke's career, with Trumbauer acting as a father figure to Beiderbecke.
When Trumbauer organized a band for an extended run at the Arcadia Ballroom in St.
Louis, Beiderbecke joined him.
There he also played alongside the clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, who praised Beiderbecke's ability to drive the band.
"He more or less made you play whether you wanted to or not," Russell said.
"If you had any talent at all he made you play better."GoldketteIn the spring of 1926, Trumbauer closed up shop in St.
Louis and, with Beiderbecke, moved to Detroit, this time to play with Goldkette's headline ensemble.
They played the summer at Hudson Lake, a resort in northern Indiana, and split the next year between touring, recording, and performing at Detroit's Graystone Ballroom.
In October 1926, Goldkette's "Famous Fourteen", as they came to be called, opened at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City opposite the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, one of the East Coast's outstanding African American big bands.
The Roseland promoted a "Battle of the Bands" in the local press and, on October 12, after a night of furious playing, Goldkette's men were declared the winners.
"We [...\] were amazed, angry, morose, and bewildered," Rex Stewart, Fletcher's lead trumpeter, said of listening to Beiderbecke and his colleagues play.
He called the experience "most humiliating".Although the band recorded numerous sides for Victor during this period, none of them showcases Beiderbecke's most famous solos.
Much of Goldkette's money was made through these records, but they were subject—as Eddie King had well understood—to the forces of the commercial market.
As a result, their sound was often "sweeter" than what many of the hot jazz musicians would have preferred.
In addition to their sessions with Goldkette, Beiderbecke and his friends recorded under their own names for the Okeh label.
For instance, on February 4, 1927, Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra recorded "Trumbology", "Clarinet Marmalade", and "Singin' the Blues", all three of which featured some of Beiderbecke's best work.
Again with Trumbauer, Beiderbecke re-recorded Carmichael's "Riverboat Shuffle" in May and delivered two of his best known solos a few days later on "I'm Coming, Virginia" and "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans".
Beiderbecke earned co-writing credit with Trumbauer on "For No Reason at All in C", recorded under the name Tram, Bix and Eddie (in their Three Piece Band).
Beiderbecke switched between cornet and piano on that number, and then in September played only piano for his recording of "In A Mist".
This was perhaps the most fruitful year of his short career.Under financial pressure, Goldkette folded his premier band in September in New York.
Paul Whiteman hoped to snatch up Goldkette's best musicians for his traveling orchestra, but Beiderbecke, Trumbauer, Murray, Bill Rank, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, Chauncey Morehouse, and Frank Signorelli instead joined the bass saxophone player Adrian Rollini at the Club New Yorker.
When that job ended sooner than expected, in October 1927, Beiderbecke and Trumbauer signed on with Whiteman.
They joined his orchestra in Indianapolis on October 27.WhitemanThe Paul Whiteman Orchestra was the most popular and highest paid band of the day.
In spite of Whiteman's nickname, "The King of Jazz", his was not a jazz ensemble, but a popular music outfit that played bits of jazz and classical music according to the demands of its record-buying and concert-going audience.
Whiteman was perhaps best known for having premiered George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in New York in 1924, and the orchestrator of that piece, Ferde Grofé, continued to be an important part of the band in 1928.
At three hundred pounds, Whiteman was huge both physically and culturally—"a man flabby, virile, quick, coarse, untidy and sleek, with a hard core of shrewdness in an envelope of sentimentalism," according to a 1926 New Yorker profile.
And many Beiderbecke partisans have turned Whiteman into a villain in the years since.Benny Green, in particular, derided Whiteman for being a mere "mediocre vaudeville act," and suggesting that "today we only tolerate the horrors of Whiteman's recordings at all in the hope that here and there a Bixian fragment will redeem the mess." Richard Sudhalter has responded by suggesting that Beiderbecke saw Whiteman as an opportunity to pursue musical ambitions that did not stop at jazz:Colleagues have testified that, far from feeling bound or stifled by the Whiteman orchestra, as Green and others have suggested, Bix often felt a sense of exhilaration.
It was like attending a music school, learning and broadening: formal music, especially the synthesis of the American vernacular idiom with a more classical orientation, so much sought-after in the 1920s, were calling out to him.The education that Beiderbecke did not receive from the University of Iowa, in other words, he sought through Whiteman.
In the meantime, Beiderbecke played on four number-one records in 1928, all under the Whiteman name: "Together", "Ramona", "My Angel", and "Ol' Man River", which featured Bing Crosby on vocals.
This accomplishment says less about the jazz excellence of these records than it does about the tastes of the largely white, record-buying public to which Whiteman (and Goldkette before him) catered.For Beiderbecke, the downside of being with Whiteman was the relentless touring and recording schedule, exacerbated by Beiderbecke's alcoholism.
On November 30, 1928, in Cleveland, Beiderbecke suffered what Lion terms "a severe nervous crisis" and Sudhalter and Evans suggest "was in all probability an acute attack of delirium tremens," presumably triggered by Beiderbecke's attempt to curb his alcohol intake.
"He cracked up, that's all," trombonist Bill Rank said.
"Just went to pieces; broke up a roomful of furniture in the hotel."In February 1929, Beiderbecke returned home to Davenport to convalesce and was hailed by the local press as "the world's hottest cornetist." He then spent the summer with Whiteman's band in Hollywood in preparation for the shooting of a new talking picture, The King of Jazz.
Production delays prevented any real work from being done on the film, leaving Beiderbecke and his pals plenty of time to drink heavily.
By September, he was back in Davenport, where his parents helped him to seek treatment.
He spent a month, from October 14 until November 18, at the Keeley Institute in Dwight, Illinois.While he was away, Whiteman famously kept a chair empty in Beiderbecke's honor.
But when he returned to New York at the end of January 1930, the renowned soloist did not rejoin Whiteman and performed only sparingly.
On his last recording session, in New York, on September 15, 1930, Beiderbecke played on the original recording of Hoagy Carmichael's new song, "Georgia on My Mind", with Carmichael doing the vocal, Eddie Lang on guitar, Joe Venuti on violin, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet and alto saxophone, Jack Teagarden on trombone, and Bud Freeman on tenor saxophone.
The song would go on to become a jazz and popular music standard.
In 2014, the 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.Two years earlier, Beiderbecke had influenced another Carmichael standard, "Star Dust".
A Beiderbecke riff caught in Carmichael's head and became the tune's chorus.
Bing Crosby, who sang with Whiteman, also cited Beiderbecke as an important influence.
"Bix and all the rest would play and exchange ideas on the piano," he said.With all the noise [of a New York pub\] going on, I don't know how they heard themselves, but they did.
I didn't contribute anything, but I listened and learned [...\] I was now being influenced by these musicians, particularly horn men.
I could hum and sing all of the jazz choruses from the recordings made by Bix, Phil Napoleon, and the rest.Following the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the once-booming music industry contracted and work became more difficult to find.
For a while, Beiderbecke's only income came from a radio show booked by Whiteman, The Camel Pleasure Hour.
However, during a live broadcast on October 8, 1930, Beiderbecke's seemingly limitless gift for improvisation finally failed him: "He stood up to take his solo, but his mind went blank and nothing happened," recalled a fellow musician, Frankie Cush.
Whiteman finally let Beiderbecke go.
The cornetist spent the rest of the year at home in Davenport and then, in February 1931, he returned to New York one last time.Style and influenceBix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong were among jazz's first soloists.
In New Orleans, jazz had been ensemble playing, with the various instruments weaving their parts into a single and coherent aural tapestry.
There had been soloists, to be sure, with the clarinetist Sidney Bechet the best known among them, but these players "lacked the technical resources and, even more, the creative depth to make the solo the compelling centerpiece of jazz music." That changed in 1924 when Beiderbecke and Armstrong began to make their most important records.
According to the critic Terry Teachout, they are "the two most influential figures in the early history of jazz" and "the twin lines of descent from which most of today's jazz can be traced."Beiderbecke's cornet style is often described by contrasting it with Armstrong's markedly different approach.
Armstrong was a virtuoso on his instrument, and his solos often took advantage of that fact.
Beiderbecke was largely, although not completely, self-taught, and the constraints imposed by that fact were evident in his music.
While Armstrong often soared into the upper register, Beiderbecke stayed in the middle range, more interested in exploring the melody and harmonies than in dazzling the audience.
Armstrong often emphasized the performance aspect of his playing, while Beiderbecke tended to stare at his feet while playing, uninterested in personally engaging his listeners.
Armstrong was deeply influenced by the blues, while Beiderbecke was influenced as much by modernist composers such as Debussy and Ravel as by his fellow jazzmen.Beiderbecke's most famous solo was on "Singin' the Blues", recorded February 4, 1927.
It has been hailed as an important example of the "jazz ballad style"—"a slow or medium-tempo piece played gently and sweetly, but not cloyingly, with no loss of muscle." The tune's laid-back emotions hinted at what would become, in the 1950s, the cool jazz style, personified by Chet Baker and Bill Evans.
More than that, though, "Singin' the Blues" has been noted for the way its improvisations feel less improvised than composed, with each phrase building on the last in a logical fashion.
Benny Green describes the solo's effect on practiced ears:When a musician hears Bix's solo on 'Singing the Blues', he becomes aware after two bars that the soloist knows exactly what he is doing and that he has an exquisite sense of discord and resolution.
He knows also that this player is endowed with the rarest jazz gift of all, a sense of form which lends to an improvised performance a coherence which no amount of teaching can produce.
The listening musician, whatever his generation or his style, recognizes Bix as a modern, modernism being not a style but an attitude.Like Green, who made particular mention of Beiderbecke's "amount of teaching," the jazz historian Ted Gioia also has emphasized Beiderbecke's lack of formal instruction, suggesting that it caused him to adopt "an unusual, dry embouchure" and "unconventional fingerings," which he retained for the rest of his life.
Gioia points to "a characteristic streak of obstinacy" in Beiderbecke that provokes "this chronic disregard of the tried-and-true." He argues that this stubbornness was behind Beiderbecke's decision not to switch from cornet to trumpet when many other musicians, including Armstrong, did so.
In addition, Gioia highlights Beiderbecke's precise timing, relaxed delivery, and pure tone, which contrasted with "the dirty, rough-edged sound" of King Oliver and his protégé Armstrong, whose playing was often more energetic and whose style held more sway early in the 1920s than Beiderbecke's.
Gioia further wonders whether the many hyperbolic and quasi-poetic descriptions of Beiderbecke's style—most notably Condon's "like a girl saying yes"—may indicate that Beiderbecke's sound was muddled on recordings.Eddie Condon, Hoagy Carmichael, and Mezz Mezzrow, all of whom hyperbolically raved about his playing, also saw Beiderbecke play live or performed alongside him.
Condon, for instance, wrote of being amazed by Beiderbecke's piano playing: "All my life I had been listening to music [...\] But I had never heard anything remotely like what Beiderbecke played.
For the first time I realized music isn't all the same, it had become an entirely new set of sounds" "I tried to explain Bix to the gang," Carmichael wrote, but "[i\]t was no good, like the telling of a vivid, personal dream [...\] the emotion couldn't be transmitted."Mezzrow described Beiderbecke's tone as being "pickled in alcohol [...\] I have never heard a tone like he got before or since.
He played mostly open horn, every note full, big, rich and round, standing out like a pearl, loud but never irritating or jangling, with a powerful drive that few white musicians had in those days."Some critics have highlighted "Jazz Me Blues", recorded with the Wolverines on February 18, 1924, as being particularly important to understanding Beiderbecke's style.
Although it was one of his earliest recordings, the hallmarks of his playing were evident.
"The overall impression we get from this solo, as in all of Bix at his best," writes the trumpeter Randy Sandke, "is that every note is spontaneous yet inevitable." Richard Hadlock describes Beiderbecke's contribution to "Jazz Me Blues" as "an ordered solo that seems more inspired by clarinetists Larry Shields of the ODJB and Leon Roppolo of the NORK than by other trumpet players." He goes on to suggest that clarinetists, by virtue of their not being tied to the melody as much as cornetists and trumpet players, could explore harmonies."Jazz Me Blues" was also important because it introduced what has been called the "correlated chorus", a method of improvising that Beiderbecke's Davenport friend Esten Spurrier attributed to both Beiderbecke and Armstrong.
"Louis departed greatly from all cornet players in his ability to compose a close-knit individual 32 measures with all phrases compatible with each other", Spurrier told the biographers Sudhalter and Evans, "so Bix and I always credited Louis as being the father of the correlated chorus: play two measures, then two related, making four measures, on which you played another four measures related to the first four, and so on ad infinitum to the end of the chorus.
So the secret was simple—a series of related phrases."Beiderbecke plays piano on his recordings "Big Boy" (October 8, 1924), "For No Reason at All in C" (May 13, 1927), "Wringin' and Twistin'" (September 17, 1927)—all with ensembles—and his only solo recorded work, "In a Mist" (September 8, 1927).
Critic Frank Murphy argues that many of the same characteristics that mark Beiderbecke on the cornet mark him on the keyboard: the uncharacteristic fingering, the emphasis on inventive harmonies, and the correlated choruses.
Those inventive harmonies, on both cornet and piano, eventually helped point the way to bebop, which abandoned melody almost entirely.CompositionsBix Beiderbecke wrote or co-wrote six instrumental compositions during his career:"Davenport Blues" (1925)"In a Mist (Bixology)" (1927)"For No Reason at All in C" (1927) with Frank Trumbauer"Candlelights" (1930)"Flashes" (1931)"In the Dark" (1931)"Candlelights", "Flashes", and "In the Dark" are piano compositions transcribed with the help of Bill Challis but never recorded by Beiderbecke.
Two additional compositions were attributed to him by two other jazz composers: "Betcha I Getcha", attributed to Beiderbecke as a co-composer by Joe Venuti, the composer of the song, and "Cloudy", attributed to Beiderbecke by composer Charlie Davis as a composition from circa 1924.Major recordings"Fidgety Feet" / "Jazz Me Blues", recorded on February 18, 1924, in Richmond, Indiana, and released as Gennett 5408"Copenhagen", recorded on May 6, 1924, and released as Gennett 5453B and Claxtonola 40336B"Riverboat Shuffle" / "Susie (Of the Islands)", recorded on May 6, 1924, and released as Gennett 5454"Toddlin' Blues" / "Davenport Blues", recorded on January 26, 1925, in Richmond, Indiana, and released as Gennett 5654"My Pretty Girl" / "Cover Me Up with Sunshine", recorded on February 1, 1927, in New York and released as Victor 20588"Sunny Disposish" / "Fox Trot" from "Americana", recorded on February 3, 1927, in New York and released as Victor 20493B"Clementine", recorded on September 15, 1927 in New York and released on Victor 20994 "Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra"."Clarinet Marmalade" / "Singin' the Blues", recorded on February 4, 1927, in New York and released as Okeh 40772"I'm Coming, Virginia" / "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", recorded on May 13, 1927, in New York and released as Okeh 40843"For No Reason at All in C" / "Trumbology", recorded on May 13, 1927, in New York and released as Okeh 40871, Columbia 35667, and Parlophone R 3419"In a Mist" / "Wringin' an' Twistin'", recorded on September 9, 1927, in New York and released as Okeh 40916 and Vocalion 3150"Borneo" / "My Pet", recorded on April 10, 1928, in New York and released as Okeh 41039"At the Jazz Band Ball" / "Jazz Me Blues", recorded on October 5, 1927, in New York and released as Okeh 40923"Royal Garden Blues" / "Goose Pimples", recorded on October 5, 1927, in New York and released as Okeh 8544"Sorry" / "Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down", recorded on October 25, 1927, in New York and released as Okeh 41001"Wa-Da-Da (Everybody's Doin' It Now)", recorded on July 7, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois and released as Okeh 41088"Rhythm King", recorded on September 21, 1928 in New York and released as Okeh 41173"Lonely Melody" [Take 3\] / "Mississippi Mud" [Take 2\], with Bing Crosby, the Rhythm Boys, and Izzy Friedman, recorded on January 4, 1928, in New York and released as Victor 25366"Ramona", recorded on January 4, 1928 in New York and released as Victor 21214-A.
No. 1 for 3 weeks"Ol' Man River" (From Show Boat), recorded on January 11, 1928 in New York and released as Victor 21218-A and Victor 25249 with Bing Crosby on vocals.
No. 1 for 1 week"San" [Take 6\], recorded on January 12, 1928 in New York and released as Victor 24078-A"Together", recorded on January 21, 1928 in New York and released as Victor 35883-A.
No. 1 for 2 weeks"Mississippi Mud" [Take 3\] / "From Monday On" [Take 6\], with vocals by Bing Crosby, recorded on February 28, 1928, in New York and released as Victor 21274"My Angel", recorded on April 21, 1928 in New York and released as Victor 21388-A.
No. 1 for 6 weeks"My Melancholy Baby", recorded on May 15, 1928, in New York and released as Columbia 50068-D"Sweet Sue", recorded on September 18, 1928, in New York and released as Columbia 50103-D"I Don't Mind Walking in the Rain" / "I'll Be a Friend with Pleasure", recorded on September 8, 1930, in New York and released as Victor 23008"Barnacle Bill, the Sailor" / "Rockin' Chair", with vocals by Carson Robison, recorded on May 21, 1930, in New York and released as Victor V-38139 and Victor 25371"Georgia on My Mind", with Hoagy Carmichael on vocals, recorded on September 15, 1930, in New York and released as Victor 23013Grammy Hall of FameBix Beiderbecke was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance."Honors1962, inducted into Down Beat's Jazz Hall of Fame, critics' poll1971, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society established in Davenport, Iowa; founded annual jazz festival and scholarship1977, Beiderbecke's 1927 recording of "Singin' the Blues" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame1979, statue presented at LeClaire Park, in Davenport, Iowa1979, inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame1980, Beiderbecke's 1927 recording of "In a Mist" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame1989, Asteroid 23457 Beiderbecke named after him.1993, inducted into the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame2000, statue dedicated in Davenport2000, ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame2004, inducted into the inaugural class of the Lincoln Center's Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame2006, the 1927 recording of "Singin' the Blues" with Frankie Trumbauer and Eddie Lang was placed on the U.S.
Library of Congress National Recording Registry.2007, inducted into the Gennett Records Walk of Fame in Richmond, Indiana2014, the 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra, featuring Beiderbecke on cornet, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame