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Bartholomew, Dave locked

  • Randolph Love

(b Edgard, LA, Dec 24, 1920). American Trumpeter, arranger, producer, songwriter, bandleader, and singer. He started his career as a trumpeter playing with established bands led by, among others, Papa Celestin, Joe Robichaux, and Claiborne Williams before joining Fats Pichon’s ensemble, considered one of the top groups in New Orleans, in 1939. During World War II he played in the 196th AGF (Army Ground Forces) Band, where he met Abraham Malone, who taught him how to write and arrange. After the war, he formed his own band in New Orleans, which made its debut at the Dew Drop Inn and later performed at Sam Simoneaux’s club Graystone where many of the city’s top instrumental players, including the drummer Earl Palmer and the saxophonists Lee Allen and Red Tyler, were showcased.

Bartholomew is best known for his talents as an arranger and songwriter. In the 1950s and 60s he worked with many of the biggest stars of the day, including Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price, Shirley and Lee, and Joe Turner. By the 1970s he had associations with some of rock and roll’s most established talents, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, and the Rolling Stones. His most productive association was with fats Domino, whom he met through Lew Chudd, the owner of Imperial Records, where he worked as a house arranger, an A&R man and an in-house bandleader. From 1949 to 1963 Bartholomew co-wrote more than 70 hit songs with Domino, including “Blue Monday” and “I’m Walkin’.” His contributions in solidifying the “big beat” of New Orleans with the rock and roll of the 1950s are significant and uncontested.

Selected recordings

Dave Bartholomew & Maryland Ja (GHB, 1995)

In the Alley (SFM, 2001)

The Chronological Dave Bartholomew: 1947–1950 (CLRB, 2001)

The Chronological Dave Bartholomew: 1950–1952 (CLRB, 2003)

Dave Bartholomew: the King Sides (Collectables, 2004)

Bibliography

  • F.P. Miller, A.F. Vandome, and J. McBrewster: Dave Bartholomew (Beau Bassin, 2010)