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Bob Shad

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Bob Shad had not been only a superb jazz manufacturer, but he supervised many main blues, pop, rock and roll, and R&B schedules. Shad began his production profession with Savoy within the ’40s, making jazz periods for Charlie Parker and blues and R&B albums for Country wide. He founded the Sittin’ along with label in 1948 and created albums by Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Smokey Hogg, Peppermint Harris and Curley Weaver, in addition to jazz and R&B albums. Shad became movie director of Performers and Repertory (A&R) for Mercury in 1951 and released its EmArcy department, making schedules by Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, the Clifford Dark brown/Potential Roach quintet, and Dinah Washington among numerous others. Shad created Washington’s first record with strings, which demonstrated a big success. He also supervised pop times by Patti Web page and Vic Damone, R&B from the Platters, and blues classes by Hopkins, Big Expenses Broonzy, and many others. Shad founded Mainstream within the ’60s after departing Mercury and reissued many Sittin’ along with albums in addition to new times by Shelly Manne, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Friend Terry, Pete Yellin, among others. He continuing at Mainstream with the ’70s, and in addition served like a maker for the debuts of Ted Nugent and Janis Joplin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bob Shad
Died March 13, 1985, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Music Producer
Nationality American
Children Tami Apatow


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#Fact
1 He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1601 Vine Street and for Radio at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 Not to be confused with Western actor Bob Burns, or comedy actor Bobby Burns, some of whose credits occasionally pop up in the filmographies of 'Bob Burns (I)'.
3 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 78. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
4 His hobbies included farming, astronomy, shooting, fishing, and a private aviary.
5 His four children: Robert Jr. (first marriage); Barbara Ann, William Robin, Stephen (second marriage).
6 Some published filmographies wrongly credit Bob with roles in several Gene Autry films which should be credited to Bob Burns, a character actor in westerns.
7 Bob Burns coined the word 'bazooka' (which he copyrighted in 1920) for the homemade musical instrument he invented in 1905 from two gas pipes and a whiskey funnel. The weapon of the same name was named after Burns' device during World War II.
8 Father, William Robert Burn, civil engineer; mother, nee Emma Needham.
9 His birth year is sometimes cited as 1893 or 1896; 1890 is correct. His birthplace sometimes given as Greenwood, Arkansas.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Windjammer 1945 Bob Burns
Belle of the Yukon 1944 Sam Slade
Comin' Round the Mountain 1940 Jed Blower
Alias the Deacon 1940 Deke Caswell
Our Leading Citizen 1939 Lem Schofield
I'm from Missouri 1939 Sweeney Bliss
The Arkansas Traveler 1938 The Arkansas Traveler
Tropic Holiday 1938 Breck Jones
Radio City Revels 1938 Lester Robin
Wells Fargo 1937 Hank York - a Wanderer
Mountain Music 1937 Bob Burnside
Waikiki Wedding 1937 Shad Buggle
The Big Broadcast of 1937 1936 Bob Black
Rhythm on the Range 1936 Buck Eaton
Roof Tops of Manhattan 1935 Short The Arkansas Traveler
Southern Exposure 1935 Short Jimmie Chase (as Robert Burns)
Lazy River 1934 Slim - Prisoner (uncredited)
Spitfire 1934 Mountaineer (uncredited)
Hoop-La 1933 Barker (uncredited)
Fast Workers 1933 Alabam' (as Robert Burns)
Laughter in Hell 1933 Sheriff with Posse (uncredited)
Tombstone Canyon 1932 Sheriff Mort Langly (uncredited)
If I Had a Million 1932 Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
Heaven on Earth 1931 Marty (uncredited)
Young as You Feel 1931 Colorado Detective (uncredited)
Quick Millions 1931 'Arkansas' Smith (as Robert Burns)
Three Rogues 1931 Newspaper Printer (uncredited)
Up the River 1930 Slim - Bazooka Player (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Radio City Revels 1938 "TAKE A TIP FROM THE TULIP" 1938 / performer: "MY SWEETHEART LIVES UP ON THE MOUNTAIN" 1938 uncredited, "SWINGIN' IN THE CORN" 1938, "LOVE, HONOR AND OH BABY" 1938 uncredited, "WHY MUST I LOVE YOU" 1938 uncredited, "SPEAK YOUR HEART" 1938
Wells Fargo 1937 performer: "Where I Ain't Been Before" 1937
Rhythm on the Range 1936 performer: "I'm an Old Cowhand From the Rio Grande", "If You Can't Sing It You'll Have to Swing It" - uncredited
Roof Tops of Manhattan 1935 Short performer: "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 - uncredited
Up the River 1930 performer: "St. Louis Blues" 1914 - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Windjammer 1945 additional dialogue

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955 TV Series Himself
The Ken Murray Show 1950 TV Series Himself
Unusual Occupations L-5-6 1946 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 10: Famous Fathers and Sons 1946 Documentary short Himself
Soaring Stars 1942 Short Himself (uncredited)
Picture People No. 3: Hobbies of the Stars 1941 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 2 1938 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Old Chinese Proverb: One Picture Is Worth Ten Thousand Words 1946 Short Himself
Land of Liberty 1939
Cinema Circus 1937 Short Bob Burns (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1601 Vine Street
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 6541 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 Some folks out here get inflated ideas. But they usually have to come down to earth. I know I'm the same fellow I was years ago when I was glad to make $25 a week. I haven't gotten any smarter.
2 If the country folk I tell these stories about don't mind, I can't see why the city people want to kick. City folks are the same everywhere. They ain't different enough to be interesting.
3 I am supposed to be the Ozark Sage, though there are plenty of wise fellows back home who look like William Cullen Bryant and have even longer beards. To be a sage, I guess the formula is to stay a long way off from where you're born, or else you'll get found out.

#Trademark
1 Playing his homemade musical instrument, the 'bazooka.'
2 Hillbilly humor, backwoods philosophy, and tall tales


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