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Eddie Lang

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The very first jazz acoustic guitar virtuoso, Eddie Lang was all around the past due ’20s; most of his fellow music artists understood that he was the very best. A boyhood friend of Joe Venuti, Lang required violin lessons for 11 years but turned to acoustic guitar before he flipped professional. In 1924, he debuted using the Mound Town Blue Blowers and was quickly in great demand for documenting times, both in the jazz globe and in industrial settings. His advanced chord patterns produced him an excellent accompanist who uplifted everyone else’s music, and he was also an excellent single-note soloist. He frequently teamed up with violinist Venuti (including some traditional duets) and used Crimson Nichols’ Five Pennies, Frankie Trumbauer, and Bix Beiderbecke (most memorably on “Performing the Blues”), the orchestras of Roger Wolfe Kahn, Jean Goldkette, and Paul Whiteman (showing up on one brief quantity with Venuti in Whiteman’s 1930 film The Ruler of Jazz), and other people who could hire him. A way of measuring Lang’s flexibility and talents is the fact that he mainly performed the chordal parts on some duets with Lonnie Johnson (where he utilized the pseudonym Blind Willie Dunn), however on his two duets with Carl Kress (whose chord voicings had been an advancement on Lang’s), he performed the single-note prospects. Eddie Lang, who led some times of his personal during 1927-1929, worked well frequently with Bing Crosby through the early ’30s furthermore to documenting many classes with Venuti. Tragically his premature loss of life was the effect of a botched procedure on the tonsillectomy.

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Full Name Eddie Lang
Died March 26, 1933, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Guitarist
Nationality American
Music Songs Pickin My Way, Eddie's Twister, Melody Man's Dream, April Kisses, A Little Love, a Little Kiss, Feeling My Way, Hot Fingers, Add a Little Wiggle, I'll Never Be the Same, Jet Black Blues, Rainbow Dreams, Church Street Sobbin' Blues, Midnight Call Blues, Stringing the Blues, Doin' Things, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Hot Heels, Wild Cat, March Of The Hoodlums, Deep Minor Rhythm, Jigsaw Puzzle Blues, Jeannine, Blue Blood Blues, The Risin' Sun, I'm Somebody's Somebody Now, Knockin' a Jug, What Kind O' Man Is You?, Raggin' The Scale, Freeze An' Melt, Work Ox Blues, Prelude in C-sharp Minor Op. 3, I'm Coming Virginia
Albums Blue Guitars, Pioneers Of Jazz Guitar - 1927-1939, 1928-29, Jazz From New York, 1920's And 1930's Sides Remastered, Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti (Doxy Collection Remastered), The Best Classic Jazz, Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson, Pickin' My Way - The Best Of, Venuti, Joe: Stringing the Blues (1926-1931), Hot Comb & Tin Can (1924-1931), Early Jazz (Remastered), The Fabulous Jazz Collection, the New York Sound of Joe Venuti, Bix Beiderbecke And Frankie Trumbauer - Volume One, Stringing The Blues, Eddie Lang, Bix Beiderbecke - Volume 2 - 1927 - Complete Edition, Blue Guitars - Volumes I & II, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1928-31, Blue Guitars Volume 2, The King of Jazz Story - All Original Recordings - Remastered, Eddie Lang - Lonnie Johnson, Jazz Guitar Virtuoso, Stringin' the Blues, The Wild Dog, Running Ragged, Pink Elephants, I'll Never Be the Same, Hot Strings, Great Original Performances 1926 - 1933, Eddie's Twister, Complete Jazz Series 1927 - 1932, The Magic Masters, Jazz Figures / Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang (1926-1933), Add a Little Wiggle (Live), The Best, The Best Classic Jazz, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1926 - 1931, Jazz Nostalgia, Jet Black Blues, Jazz Mad Vol. 2: Hot Dance, Jazz and Instrumental Blues 1926-1930, Classic Jazz Gold Collection ( Eddie Lang ), Bix Beiderbecke Favorites, Dinah (The Very Best Of), It Can Only Be, Jazz Foundations Vol. 44, A Summer Sky Shines, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1926-28, A Little Love, The Very Best Of, Colours of Music History (Remastered), Hot Heels
Movies The Big Broadcast, A Regular Trouper


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1 He went by the name Blind Willie Dunn when performing blues.
2 Died while having surgery for a tonsillectomy. His boss, Bing Crosby, had urged him to get the operation (which he regretted all his life).
3 Considered the first great jazz guitarist. He was also a fine blues performer. He later was an accompanist for Bing Crosby.
4 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986.
5 Jazz guitarist and singer


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Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El monstro del mar! 2010 performer: "April Kisses"
Mafia II 2010 Video Game "BEATIN THE DOG", "GOIN' PLACES", "STRINGING THE BLUES"
Sweet and Lowdown 1999 performer: "After You've Gone" 1918
The Fortune 1975 writer: "Pretty Trix" - uncredited
The Big Broadcast 1932 performer: "Please"
King of Jazz 1930 music: "Wild Cat" - uncredited / performer: "Wild Cat" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Broadcast 1932 Guitar Player
A Regular Trouper 1932 Short Guitar Player
Nine O'Clock Folks 1931 Short Musician (as Mound City Blue Blowers)
King of Jazz 1930 Guitar Player (uncredited)
The Broadway Melody 1929 Guitar Player in Band (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Voice of Hollywood No. 3 1930/II Short Himself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 3 1930/I Short Himself
Segar Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra 1929 Short Himself (uncredited)

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