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Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys - Stayin
Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys - Stayin' At Home
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: Austin Casey
Chocolate by Erskine Butterfield (1940, Boogie Woogie piano)
Chocolate by Erskine Butterfield (1940, Boogie Woogie piano)
Published: 2017/03/08
Channel: RagtimeDorianHenry
SALT BUTTER by Erskine Butterfield
SALT BUTTER by Erskine Butterfield
Published: 2011/11/27
Channel: cdbpdx
Birmingham Special   Erskine Butterfield
Birmingham Special Erskine Butterfield
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: thejcearl
Three Jazz Flavors by Erskine Butterfield
Three Jazz Flavors by Erskine Butterfield
Published: 2008/10/19
Channel: Jonathan FeBland
"The Saturday Nite Twist" - Erskine Butterfield (1944 Joe Davis)
"The Saturday Nite Twist" - Erskine Butterfield (1944 Joe Davis)
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Jason Madore
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD & BAND
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD & BAND ''Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do DeLuxe 1035B
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: mgstill
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD -  BECAUSE OF YOU
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD - BECAUSE OF YOU
Published: 2009/01/07
Channel: stevits51
Erskine Butterfield - Solid Gold Automobile
Erskine Butterfield - Solid Gold Automobile
Published: 2012/09/09
Channel: daddynap
Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys - (Jivin
Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys - (Jivin' The) Missouri Waltz
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: Austin Casey
Cats & Jammers Lena Horne 1941
Cats & Jammers Lena Horne 1941
Published: 2013/08/28
Channel: OTR HALLOWEENHOLIDAZE
Erskine Butterfield - Mecca Flat Blues 78
Erskine Butterfield - Mecca Flat Blues 78
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: Kevin Gardner
78RPM RESTORATION - Erskine Butterfield - Tuxedo Junction Decca 67220.mpg
78RPM RESTORATION - Erskine Butterfield - Tuxedo Junction Decca 67220.mpg
Published: 2012/02/02
Channel: Ade Gregg
Erskine Butterfield - Gee Baby Ain
Erskine Butterfield - Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You 78
Published: 2012/11/21
Channel: Kevin Gardner
You Should Live so Long
You Should Live so Long
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
Three Jazz Flavors - By Erskine Butterfield
Three Jazz Flavors - By Erskine Butterfield
Published: 2011/05/01
Channel: adelleryan
I’m the One
I’m the One
Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
The Devil Sat Down & Cried" - Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys (1942 Decca Sepia Series)
The Devil Sat Down & Cried" - Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys (1942 Decca Sepia Series)
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Jason Madore
"Piano Cocktail" - Erskine Butterfield (1944 Joe Davis)
"Piano Cocktail" - Erskine Butterfield (1944 Joe Davis)
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Jason Madore
Blackberry Jam -- Erskine Butterfield
Blackberry Jam -- Erskine Butterfield
Published: 2014/03/01
Channel: Diapason16ft
Three Jazz Flavors - Erskine Butterfield (Cover)
Three Jazz Flavors - Erskine Butterfield (Cover)
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: Piano And Pies
Monday
Monday's Wash
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
TUXEDO JUNCTION by Erskine Butterfield DECCA 78 rpm record
TUXEDO JUNCTION by Erskine Butterfield DECCA 78 rpm record
Published: 2011/12/03
Channel: cdbpdx
"Boogie De Concerto" - Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys (1942 Decca Sepia Series)
"Boogie De Concerto" - Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys (1942 Decca Sepia Series)
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Jason Madore
Tuesday at Ten
Tuesday at Ten
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD Just Like A Woman DeLuxe 1035A
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD Just Like A Woman DeLuxe 1035A
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: mgstill
V-Disc 669 Erskine Butterfield, 1st Training Group Orchestra
V-Disc 669 Erskine Butterfield, 1st Training Group Orchestra
Published: 2010/12/23
Channel: vdiscdaddy
Foo Gee
Foo Gee
Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
Erskine Butterfield And His Orchestra - Lighthouse.-
Erskine Butterfield And His Orchestra - Lighthouse.-
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Okmusix
Henry Mancini : The Pink Panther, Erskine Butterfield : Black berry Jam
Henry Mancini : The Pink Panther, Erskine Butterfield : Black berry Jam
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: Katarína Mária Vyparinová
Erskine Butterfield And His Orchestra - The Boogie Beat
Erskine Butterfield And His Orchestra - The Boogie Beat'll Get You.-
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Okmusix
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD - YOU MIGHT HAVE BELONGED TO ANOTHER
ERSKINE BUTTERFIELD - YOU MIGHT HAVE BELONGED TO ANOTHER
Published: 2009/01/09
Channel: stevits51
Erskine Butterfield & his Blue Boys - Tuxedo Junction (Decca 3042A)
Erskine Butterfield & his Blue Boys - Tuxedo Junction (Decca 3042A)
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: 78rpm gramophone records and cylinders
The Boogie Beat
The Boogie Beat'll Get You
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
Blackberry Jam
Blackberry Jam
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
A Zoot Suit
A Zoot Suit
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
Flying Home
Flying Home
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
'Three Jazz Flavours' by Erskine Butterfield LCM Grade 8 Ja
Published: 2013/01/10
Channel: Stephen McLoughlin
BEALE STREET MAMA by Erskine Butterfield DECCA Sepia Series
BEALE STREET MAMA by Erskine Butterfield DECCA Sepia Series
Published: 2011/11/27
Channel: cdbpdx
three jazz flavours - erskine butterfield.
three jazz flavours - erskine butterfield.
Published: 2009/02/20
Channel: iltonjardim
78Man Presents: Episode 3 - Food
78Man Presents: Episode 3 - Food
Published: 2016/12/04
Channel: 78Man Presents
Blackberry Jam
Blackberry Jam
Published: 2009/02/24
Channel: Jason Schmidt
V-Disc 200  Bob Crosby, Erskine Butterfield
V-Disc 200 Bob Crosby, Erskine Butterfield
Published: 2010/07/24
Channel: vdiscdaddy
Erskine Butterfield & his Blue Boys - Salt Butter (Decca 3042B)
Erskine Butterfield & his Blue Boys - Salt Butter (Decca 3042B)
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: 78rpm gramophone records and cylinders
Three Jazz Flavors
Three Jazz Flavors
Published: 2011/12/21
Channel: David Sandru
Three jazz Flavors
Three jazz Flavors
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: SiliconJazz
Solid Gold Automobile
Solid Gold Automobile
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
J. P. Dooley III
J. P. Dooley III
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Erskine Butterfield - Topic
Three Jazz Flavors
Three Jazz Flavors
Published: 2009/02/20
Channel: aquaphiliaque
smooth flavors the classics 3 light jazz
smooth flavors the classics 3 light jazz
Published: 2013/11/03
Channel: Paul Phillips
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Erskine Butterfield

Erskine Butterfield (February 9, 1913 – July 11, 1961) was an American pianist, singer, bandleader and composer, active in the 1930s to the 1950s, and best known for his boogie-woogie and swing piano style. Butterfield was credited with "helping to invent the style of 'cocktail piano'."[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Syracuse, New York, Butterfield played piano at an early age when his family moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he later studied piano. In the 1930s, he regularly appeared on radio, including WOR in New York City, and played with Noble Sissle's orchestra. He made his first sound recording and reproduction in 1937 on the Variety record label. In 1938, he signed with Decca Records,[2] for which he recorded over forty titles between 1940 and 1942, many of which were released.[3] Butterfield was called the "Singing Vagabond of the Keys" by the Chicago Defender in 1939. He "was innovative in utilizing black and white musicians together in his combo," which included session musicians such as Jimmy Lytell (clarinet), Carmen Mastren (guitar), and Haig Stevens (bass).[1]

In 1939, Butterfield signed with Joe Davis of Beacon Records, with whom he would maintain a long term relationship. In 1943, Butterfield was drafted, but continued to play in a group including such musicians as Slim Furness (guitar), Eugene Brooks (drums) and Lynwood Jones (upright bass), and he cut V-Discs in 1945. In 1944, he recorded eight titles for Joe Davis under the name Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys.

Butterfield's "light swing and traditional piano phrases" resulted in some of his songs, such as "Lovin' Man" and "Because Of You," being used in film soundtracks.[4]

After World War II, Butterfield formed a trio and toured extensively, but his music style was less successful commercially. He recorded for a number of small labels in the late 1940s, after which his recording activity dropped off. In 1956, however, he again recorded a number of titles for Joe Davis with a reformed group, Butterfield and his Blue Boys, including musicians such as Sam "The Man" Taylor (saxophone) and Panama Francis (drums).

Butterfield made appearances on The Nat King Cole Show, The Tony Martin Program and The Jo Stafford Show.[4]

He died on July 11, 1961, in New York City.

Partial discography[edit]

78s[edit]

Decca Records[edit]

Popular Series[edit]
  • Tuxedo Junction b/w Salt Butter No. 3042A&B Feb. 21, 1940
  • Darn that Dream b/w Inconvenience No. 3043A&B Feb. 21, 1940
  • Your Feet's Too Big b/w What's Cooking No. 3209A&B May 27, 1940
  • The Down Home Blues b/w Nothin' to Do No. 3252A&B May 3, 1940
  • Boogie Woogie St. Louis Blues b/w Chocolate No. 3356A&B Aug. 9, 1940
  • Pushin' the Conversation Along b/w Don't Leave Me Now No. 3357A&B Aug. 9, 1940
  • Sleepy Town Train b/w You Made Me Care No. 4360A&B July 23, 1942
  • Birmingham Special b/w Jumpin' in the Julep Joint No. 4400A&B July 23, 1942
Sepia Series[edit]
  • Beale Street Mama b/w Whatcha Know, Joe? No. 8510 Nov. 15, 1940
  • Jivin' the Missouri Waltz b/w Stayin' at Home No. 8524A&B Nov. 15, 1940
  • Paradiddle Joe b/w All the Time No. 8539 Feb. 28, 1941
  • Blackberry Jam b/w Monday's Wash No. 8543 Feb. 28, 1941
  • Because of You b/w You Might have Belonged to Another No. 8551A&B Apr. 29, 1941
  • I Dreamt I Dwelt in Harlem b/w Jelly, Jelly No. 8552 Apr. 29, 1941
  • Foo-Gee b/w You Should Live So Long No. 8569A&B July 24, 1941
  • You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now b/w Cheatin' on Me No. 8576A&B July 24, 1941
  • I was a Fool to Let You Go b/w Honey Dear No. 8588 Oct. 23, 1941
  • If Money Grew on Trees b/w Mama Long and Tall No. 8596 Oct. 23, 1941
  • The Devil Sat Down and Cried b/w Boogie De Concerto No. 8600 Jan. 13, 1942
  • Lovin' Man b/w Crazy Blues No. 8620 Jan. 13, 1942

Vinyl[edit]

  • Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys, Tuesday at Ten. Probably recorded in 1941 by World Broadcasting, Inc., for radio broadcast, and released on vinyl in 1983 by Circle Records, No CLP-62. (Music written by Butterfield is indicated by his name in parenthesis following the title.)
    • Tuesday at Ten
    • A Zoot Suit (Butterfield)
    • Blackberry Jam (Butterfield)
    • Something’s Bound to Happen
    • Lighthouse (Butterfield)
    • Monday’s Wash (Butterfield)
    • J.P. Dooley, III
    • The Boogie Beat’ll Get You
    • Flying Home
    • You Should Live So Long
  • 1944-1956/Part-Time Boogie. Eight titles recorded at WOR Studios, New York, on August 17, 1944, and 10 titles recorded at Mastertone Studios, New York, on June 13, 1956, but released in 1957. Harlequin Records, 1986, No. HQ 2050. All are original Butterfield compositions.

(1944)

    • Lighthouse
    • Part Time Boogie
    • Saturday Night Twist
    • Piano Cocktail
    • Boogie Woogie Barcarolle
    • Fantasy in Blue
    • Six-Thirty Express
    • Dream Time

(1956)

    • Blackberry Jam
    • Light-House
    • Part-Time Boogie
    • Piano Cocktail
    • Saturday Nite Twist
    • Chocolate
    • Monday’s Wash (Butterfield’s theme song on WOR radio)
    • Six-Thirty Express
    • Piano Time
    • Movin’ Along

References[edit]

Other sources[edit]

  • Bruce Bastin, Sleeve notes for Erskine Butterfield, 1944-1957/Part-Time Boogie (including unsigned sleeve notes from 1957 album “Piano Cocktail”). Harlequin HQ 2050 (1986).
  • Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide.
  • Frank Driggs, Sleeve notes to Erskine Butterfield and His Blue Boys, Tuesday at Ten, Circle Records, 1983.
  • THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT
  • Sharon A. Pease, "Erskine Butterfield Is Jack of All Trades," Down Beat, VIII (Dec. 1, 1941), 16.

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