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Claude Hopkins


A talented stride pianist, Claude Hopkins under no circumstances became as famous as he deserved. He was a bandleader in early stages, and toured European countries in the middle-’20s because the musical movie director for Josephine Baker. Hopkins came back towards the U.S. in 1926, led his very own groupings, and in 1930 got over Charlie Skeete’s music group. Between 1932-1935, he documented steadily along with his big music group (every one of the music continues to be reissued on three Classics CDs), which highlighted Jimmy Mundy preparations and such great soloists as trumpeter/vocalist Ovie Alston, trombonist Fernando Arbello, a Edmond Hall on clarinet, and baritone and tenorman Bobby Sands, combined with the well-known high-note vocals of Orlando Roberson. The orchestra’s recordings certainly are a little bit erratic, with an increase of than their talk about of mistakes through the ensembles and a problem in integrating Hopkins’ powerhouse piano with the entire group, however they are usually quite pleasurable. Mundy’s eccentric “Mush Mouth area” is really a traditional, and Hopkins released his best-known first, “I’D Do Anything for you personally.” Although they performed frequently at Roseland (1931-1935) as well as the Natural cotton Membership (1935-1936), and there have been further periods in 1937 and 1940, the Claude Hopkins big music group never really captured on and finished up breaking up on the height from the golf swing era. Hopkins do lead a afterwards, unrecorded big music group (1944-1947), but mainly worked with little groups for the rest of his profession. He used Crimson Allen’s group through the second half of the 1950s, led his very own music group during 1960-1966, and in 1968 is at the Jazz Giants with Crazy Expenses Davison. Claude Hopkins led an obscure record for 20th Hundred years Fox (1958) and three Swingville albums (1960-1963), but his greatest later work had been solo stride times for Chiaroscuro and Sackville (both in 1972), along with a trio program for Dark & Blue in 1974; it really is amazing that his piano abilities were not even more extensively documented.

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Full Name Claude C. Hopkins
Died February 19, 1984, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Writer, Marketer
Nationality American
Music Songs Yes,Indeed!, Robbins Nest, Late Evening Blues, I Would Do Anything for You, Just You, Just Me, Mush Mouth, Three Little Worlds, Mad Moments, Crazy Fingers, Washington Squabble, Crying My Heart out for You, Canadian Capers, Harlem Rhythm Dance, In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree, How'm I Doin' ?, Mystic Moan, Swingin' Down The Lane, Minor Mania, Zozoi, Solitude/Take The A Train, California, Here I Come, Happy Boogie, Chasing All The Blues Away, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Look Who's Here, Sweetheart O'Mine, June Night, Don't Let Your Love Go Wrong, Everybody Shuffle, Ja-Da, Chasing My Blues Away, Stormy Weather
Albums Swingville Volume 20: Let's Jam, Swingin', The Golden Swing Years 1935, Grand Piano, Safari Stomp (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions) [1974], Shake, Swingville Volume 9: Yes Indeed, The Transcription Performances 1935, The Golden Swing Years, Mother Of The Blues, CD D, Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra Selected Favorites Volume 2, Singin' In The Rain, For You, The Very Best Of, Swing Time, Claude Hopkins & His Orchestra, I Surrender Dear, Unstoppable Hopkins, Famous Hits by Claude Hopkins, You & Me, Tune in to, Complete Jazz Series 1934 - 1935, Claude Hopkins - Platinum Edition (The Greatest Hits Ever!), Monkey Business, Claude Hopkins 1932-34, Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra Selected Favorites Volume 3, Yes Indeed! (feat. Buddy Tate / Emmett Berry) [Remastered 2016], Tickle the Ivories: Classic Jazz Piano, Vol. 8, Classics by Claude Hopkins, Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra Selected Favorites Volume 1, Claude Hopkins Greatest Hits, Claude Hopkins And His Orchestra Selected Hits, Minor Mania, Margie, Singing in the Rain, Swingville Volume 41: Swing Time!, I Apologize, Tickle the Ivories: Classic Jazz Piano, Vol. 12, Back Beats, Stormy Weather, Love in Bloom, Big Band Gold Collection ( Claude Hopkins 1932 - 34 ), Claude Hopkins - 45 Greatest Jazz Hits, Everybody Shuffle, Sunny Sounds, A Mans World, Essential Jazz Masters, Just You Just Me, Shuffle, 1937-1940, Take a Coffee Break

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1 Jazz pianist.
2 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998.
3 Orchestra leader.



The Great Debaters 2007 writer: "I Would Do Anything for You"
The Mike Douglas Show 1964 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1962 TV Series writer - 1 episode
By Request 1935 Short writer: "Sweet Horn", "I Would Do Anything for You" - uncredited
Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1934 Short writer: " I Would Do Anything for You" - uncredited
Barber Shop Blues 1933 Short writer: "Mystic Moon" - uncredited



Barber Shop Blues 1933 Short Orchestra Leader
Wayward 1932 Orchestra Leader (uncredited)



By Request 1935 Short Himself / Pianist / Bandleader

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