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Encyclopedia > Harlan Lattimore

Harlan Lattimore (1908-1980), was a popular singer with several jazz orchestras of the 1930's, most notably Don Redman's. He was known as "The Black Crosby".


Lattimore was born in Cincinnati,in 1908, where he built his reputation as a singer on that city's WLW radio station. By March, 1932, he had arrived on the New York music scene, and began his recording career with Fletcher Henderson's band. Not long afterward, Lattimore was signed by Don Redman as his vocalist. This association lasted throughout the 1930's. Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... NY redirects here. ... Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. ... Donald Matthew Redman (July 29, 1900, Piedmont, West Virginia - November 30, 1964, New York) was an American jazz musician, arranger, and composer. ...


His style of singing, closely resembling that of Bing Crosby, earned him recording dates with some of the top studio and dance bands of the era, most notably those of Victor Young and Isham Jones. Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Victor Young (August 8, 1900 - November 10, 1956) was an Jewish-American composer, violinist and conducter. ... Isham Jones (31 January 1894 – 19 October 1956) was a United States bandleader, violinist, saxophonist and songwriter. ...


With the exposure of Lattimore to the public through radio broadcasts (with Don Redman), recordings and an appearance in a Vitaphone short subject film (with Redman), It seemed a foregone conclusion that he was headed for stardom. This was not to be.


Lattimore's behavior became unreliable and erratic in the mid 30's, and he made his last rcordings with Redman in 1936. After service in WWII, he dropped out of the music scene. Except for an attempt at a comeback, in the late 40's, Harlan Lattimore slid further and further into musical obscurity until his death in 1980.


Although the name Harlan Lattimore is now looked upon as a mere footnote in American popular music, there can be no denying his role as a pioneering African-American singer who established a style and role later filled by such musical luminaries as Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole. Billy Eckstine (8 July 1914 – 8 March 1993), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as William Clarence Eckstein. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ...


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NodeWorks - Encyclopedia: Harlan Lattimore (265 words)
Lattimore was born in Cincinnati,in 1908, where he built his reputation as a singer on that city's WLW radio station.
With the exposure of Lattimore to the public through radio broadcasts (with Don Redman), recordings and an appearance in a Vitaphone short subject film (with Redman), It seemed a foregone conclusion that he was headed for stardom.
Although the name Harlan Lattimore is now looked upon as a mere footnote in american popular music, there can be no denying his role as a pioneering African-American singer who established a style and role later filled by such musical luminaries as Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole.
Harlan Lattimore - Free Music Downloads, Videos, Lyrics, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links (292 words)
A decent singer who was associated with Don Redman's Orchestra, Harlan Lattimore had a bit of a name in the fl music world in the mid-1930's.
Lattimore, who recorded with Fletcher Henderson in 1932, worked fairly regularly with Don Redman during 1932-40, never becoming overly famous but he was a popular attraction for a time.
In addition to his many recordings with Redman, Harlan Lattimore led one four-song recording date in 1932 that found him fronting what was really Don Redman's Orchestra, just taking vocals on two of the numbers.
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