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BULLOCK, Chick

(b 16 Sep. '08, Butte MT; d 15 Sep. '81 CA) Vocalist; one of the most prolifically recorded of all time, with deep, virile voice, but shunned publicity. Made hundreds of records '30-42; sides with Duke Ellington '33 incl. "Keep A Song In Your Soul'; with Adrian Rollini '34: "A Hundred Years From Today', "Keep On Doin' What You're Doin'. Studio lineups often given a different name at each session: among pseudonyms were Chick Bullock And His Orchestra, Bobby Snyder, Bob Causer or Sleepy Hall And His Collegians, Al Green And His Orchestra, Hollywood Dance Orchestra, Ralph Bennett And His Seven Aces, Hal White And His All-Star Collegians; many really were all-star bands, with sidemen such as T. and J. Dorsey, Muggsy Spanier, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Lang; in '34 the Mills Blue Rhythm Band (see Irving Mills). Okeh session '41 incl. Bill Coleman, Benny Morton, Jimmy Hamilton, Teddy Wilson, J.C. Heard, Al Hall on bass (b 18 March '15, Jacksonville FL; staff musician at CBS '43-4, toured with Erroll Garner, Eubie Blake at Newport '60, Alberta Hunter '78, etc); George James on reeds (b 7 Dec. '06, Beggs OK; played with Fats Waller, Benny Carter, many others), Eddie Gibbs, guitar (b 25 Dec. '08, New Haven CN; played with Edgar Hayes, Luis Russell, Claude Hopkins, Wilbur De Paris). Bullock quit mid-'40s; in real estate on West Coast; appeared on radio tribute to Berigan mid-'50s.