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George Barnes


A major participant who is definitely underrated, George Barnes was among the initial to record on guitar (associated blues singers) and was a high studio room guitarist during a lot of his profession. His design was quite definitely located in the 1930s, and his single-note lines predated Charlie Religious, although he previously significantly less of a direct effect. A specialist by enough time he was 13, Barnes was focusing on the personnel of NBC by 1938. Located in Chicago, he documented with Big Costs Broonzy, Washboard Sam, as well as other blues performers. Following a stint within the armed service during World Battle II, Barnes resumed his studio room work and documented radio transcriptions along with his uncommon octet. Although he performed in lots of types of configurations in the 1950s, Barnes didn’t gain much acknowledgement until he teamed up with fellow guitarist Carl Kress (whose advanced chord voicings flawlessly complemented Barnes’ solos) in the first ’60s. After Kress’ loss of life in 1965, Barnes frequently collaborated with younger guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, nonetheless it was his period as co-leader of the quartet with cornetist Ruby Braff (1973-1975) that offered Barnes his very best fame, soon before his loss of life. He documented as a innovator for OKeh (two figures in 1940); Wolf; and Keynote (along with his octet on the posthumously released Hindsight LP); industrial edges for Decca and Mercury; with Kress (and in a single example Bud Freeman) for Stash, United Performers, and Audiophile; with Pizzarelli for Columbia and A&R; and in the 1970s for Famous Door and Concord.

Quick Facts

Date Of Birth July 17, 1921
Died September 5, 1977, Concord, California, United States
Profession Guitarist, Composer
Nationality American
Spouse Margaret Atkinson, Melba Kruger, Elizabeth Wood, Joan Blondell, Marie Namara, Ethel Johnson, Helen Howell
Awards Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography - Color
Music Groups The Three Suns
Music Songs I'm Coming Virginia, I Want to Be Happy, Something Tender, South Side Blues, Jolly Joe Clark, Starlight Interlude, Banjo Hop, Trainsville, The Eel's Nephew, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Turkey Cobbler, I Can't Get Started, Almost Like Being in Love, Pickin' Plenty, Guitars Galore, Old Kentucky Ramble, Pick Yourself Up, Little Rock Getaway, Spooky, At Sundown, Theme From The Flinstones, Have You Me Miss Jones, Cuban Pete, When Sunny Gets Blue, Mountain Greenery, Tequila, Moonglow, Sweet Sue, When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba, Bim Bam Boom, La Paloma, Disenchanted Trout
Albums Plays So Good, Guitar Galaxies, Having a Ball With the Three Suns, Guitars Galore, Guitars Galore (Analog Source Remaster 2016), Gems, Quiet! Gibson at Work Vol. 1 - 1938/48 - Blues and Country Jazz, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Quiet! Gibson at Work Vol. 2 - 1940/57 - Swing and Country Jazz, Something Tender, Sugar, Country Jazz, Guitars Anyone?, Live At the New School, Classic Hits By George Barnes, Indiana, The Uncollected: George Barnes And His Orchestra, The George Barnes Octet:The Complete Standard Transcriptions, Days To Come, Express Yourself, Leisure Time, Broken Colour, Jeepers Creepers, Patti Page: Old Country, Vol. 2, Should I
Movies Rebecca, Spellbound, Samson and Delilah, Footlight Parade, The Devil Dancer, Sadie Thompson, The Magic Flame, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Greatest Show on Earth, Force of Evil, Our Dancing Daughters, Dames, The Son of the Sheik, Meet John Doe, The Spanish Main, Bulldog Drummond, The Return of Frank James, The Greeks Had a Word for Them, Gold Diggers of 1935, Marked Woman, The Winning of Barbara Worth, Frenchman's Creek, He Was Her Man, The War of the Worlds, Raffles, Street Scene, The File on Thelma Jordon, Mourning Becomes Electra, Broadway Gondolier, The Unholy Garden, The Devil to Pay!, Traveling Saleslady, Condemned, Stanley and Livingstone, One Heavenly Night, The Boy with Green Hair, The Night of Love, In Caliente, The Trespasser, Cain and Mabel, None but the Lonely Heart, The Emperor Waltz, Road to Bali, That Uncertain Feeling, Ever Since Eve, Hollywood Hotel, Gold Diggers in Paris, Jesse James, Ladies in Retirement, Dangerous Hours, This Is Heaven

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1 His son, George Carlton Barnes, with Elizabeth Wood was born on December 18, 1937.
2 He had a child, Norman S. Powell, with Joan Blondell. He gave up parental rights to Norman in 1938, when Blondell's new husband Dick Powell adopted him.
3 Married seven times.



Massacre 1934
Havana Widows 1933
Footlight Parade 1933 photographed by
Goodbye Again 1933
Peg o' My Heart 1933
Broadway Bad 1933
Sherlock Holmes 1932
Blondie of the Follies 1932 photographed by
Society Girl 1932
The Wet Parade 1932 photographed by
Polly of the Circus 1932 photographed by
The Greeks Had a Word for Them 1932 photographed by
The Unholy Garden 1931 as George S. Barnes
Street Scene 1931
Five and Ten 1931 photographed by
One Heavenly Night 1931
The Devil to Pay! 1930 as George S. Barnes, photography
A Lady's Morals 1930 photographed by
What a Widow! 1930
Raffles 1930 as George S. Barnes
The Trespasser 1929
Condemned 1929 as George S. Barnes
This Is Heaven 1929
Bulldog Drummond 1929 as George S. Barnes, photography
The Rescue 1929
The Awakening 1928
Our Dancing Daughters 1928 photographed by
Two Lovers 1928
Sadie Thompson 1928 photographed by
The Devil Dancer 1927
The Magic Flame 1927
Venus of Venice 1927
The Night of Love 1927
The Winning of Barbara Worth 1926
The Son of the Sheik 1926 photography
Mademoiselle Modiste 1926
The Eagle 1925 photography
The Dark Angel 1925
The Teaser 1925
Zander the Great 1925
Janice Meredith 1924
Yolanda 1924
Desire 1923
The Love Piker 1923
Alice Adams 1923
Peg o' My Heart 1922
Conquering the Woman 1922
Dusk to Dawn 1922
Real Adventure 1922
Woman, Wake Up 1922
Opened Shutters 1921
The Bronze Bell 1921
The Heart Line 1921
The Beautiful Gambler 1921
Silk Hosiery 1920
Her Husband's Friend 1920
Hairpins 1920
The False Road 1920
The Woman in the Suitcase 1920
Dangerous Hours 1919
What Every Woman Learns 1919
Stepping Out 1919
The Virtuous Thief 1919
The Haunted Bedroom 1919
The Law of Men 1919
Partners Three 1919
Vive la France! 1918
Little Boy Lost 1953
The War of the Worlds 1953 director of photography
Road to Bali 1952 director of photography
Somebody Loves Me 1952
Just for You 1952
Something to Live For 1952 director of photography
The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 director of photography
Here Comes the Groom 1951 director of photography
Mr. Music 1950
Let's Dance 1950
Riding High 1950 director of photography
The File on Thelma Jordon 1950 director of photography
Samson and Delilah 1949 director of photography
The Boy with Green Hair 1948 director of photography
Force of Evil 1948 director of photography
No Minor Vices 1948 director of photography
Good Sam 1948 director of photography
The Emperor Waltz 1948
Mourning Becomes Electra 1947
Sinbad, the Sailor 1947 director of photography
Sister Kenny 1946 director of photography
From This Day Forward 1946 director of photography
The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 director of photography
Spellbound 1945 photographed by
The Spanish Main 1945 director of photography
None But the Lonely Heart 1944 director of photography
Frenchman's Creek 1944
Since You Went Away 1944 photographed by, uncredited
Jane Eyre 1943 director of photography
Mardi Gras 1943 Short
Mr. Lucky 1943 director of photography
Nightmare 1942
Once Upon a Honeymoon 1942 director of photography
Broadway 1942
Rings on Her Fingers 1942 director of photography
Sex Hygiene 1942 Short
Remember the Day 1941
Unholy Partners 1941
Ladies in Retirement 1941
That Uncertain Feeling 1941 director of photography
Meet John Doe 1941 director of photography
Hudson's Bay 1941
Girl from Avenue A 1940
The Return of Frank James 1940 director of photography
Maryland 1940
Free, Blonde and 21 1940
Rebecca 1940 photographed by
Our Neighbors - The Carters 1939
Here I Am a Stranger 1939 uncredited
Stanley and Livingstone 1939 photography
Jesse James 1939 photography
Devil's Island 1939 photography
Gold Diggers in Paris 1938 musical numbers
The Beloved Brat 1938 photography
Love, Honor and Behave 1938 photography
Hollywood Hotel 1937 musical numbers photographed by
The Barrier 1937 photographed by
Varsity Show 1937 photographed by: finale
Ever Since Eve 1937 photography
The Prince and the Pauper 1937 uncredited
Marked Woman 1937 photography
Black Legion 1937 photography
Cain and Mabel 1936 photography
Love Begins at Twenty 1936
The Singing Kid 1936
Stars Over Broadway 1935 photography
I Live for Love 1935 photography
The Irish in Us 1935 photography
Broadway Gondolier 1935
In Caliente 1935 photography
Traveling Saleslady 1935 photography
Gold Diggers of 1935 1935 photography
Flirtation Walk 1934 photography
Kansas City Princess 1934
Dames 1934 photography
Smarty 1934 photography
He Was Her Man 1934
Gambling Lady 1934 photography

Camera Department

Camera Department

Flare-Up Sal 1918 assistant camera

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1953 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Cinematography - Color The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) · J. Peverell Marley
1941 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Rebecca (1940)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography, Color Samson and Delilah (1949)
1951 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Cinematography - Color Samson and Delilah (1949)
1946 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Spellbound (1945)
1946 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography, Color The Spanish Main (1945)
1930 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
1929 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography The Devil Dancer (1927)
1929 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography The Magic Flame (1927)
1929 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Cinematography Sadie Thompson (1928)

The Awakening (1928) $500 per week

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