The Antiques Channel is the new place for old things
and the people that love them. Click here to watch.

-

-
CHARLES "BUDDY" BOLDEN

(1877? - 1931)

Charles "Buddy" Bolden, cornetist, a barber by day who, in his spare time, published a scandal sheet.  He was, however, a musician who sent Storyville rocking with his ragtime and blues.

Buddy Bolden was truly a king in New Orleans after he organized his own band in the mid-1890s.  According to Louis Armstrong he was "a one man genius ahead of 'em all."

Bolden's was one of the most powerful cornets in New Orleans.  "He'd turn his big trumpet toward the city and blow his blues," recalled the New Orleans pianist, "Jelly Roll" Morton, "calling his children home as he used to say.  The whole town would know that Buddy Bolden was in the Park, ten or twelve miles from the center of town.  He was the blowingest man ever lived since Gabriel."

Bolden set and established the organization of the hot-jazz ensemble that became more or less the tradition in New Orleans, comprised of six or seven men, with one or two cornets (the spine of the ensemble), clarinet, trombone, double bass, guitar and drums.

In or about 1907 Bolden became ill while playing his cornet in a street parade.  He was committed to an asylum where he remained until his death in 1931.

David Ewen - All the years of American Popular Music.


1900s  / 1910s  / 1920s  / 1930s / 1940s
1950s / 1960s  / 1970s  / 1980s  / 1990s

 


MY MUSICAL LIFE
By Carl P. McConnell

Mabel McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc & Carl,
The Original Virginia Boys and the early days of radio.


From Dusk to Dawn: A Depression Era Guide To New Orleans
Chronology l Mississippi River l French Quarter l Music l Restaurants l Gumbo
Jambalaya l Red Beans & Rice l Hotels l Garden District l Cemeteries l Home

S T O R Y V I L L E


www.southernmusic.net

Historic America

Alabama Alaska  l  Arizona  l  Arkansas  l California  l  Colorado  l  Connecticut  l  Delaware  l  Florida
Georgia  l  Hawaii  l  Idaho  l  Illinois  l Indiana  l  Iowa  l  Kansas  l  Kentucky  l Louisiana  l  Maine
Maryland  l  Massachusetts  l  Michigan  l  Minnesota  l  Mississippi  l  Missouri  l  Montana
Nebraska  l  Nevada  l  New Hampshire  l  New Jersey  l  New Mexico  l  New York
North Carolina  l  North Dakota  l  Ohio  l  Oklahoma  l Oregon  l  Pennsylvania
Rhode Island  l  South Carolina  l  South Dakota  l  Tennessee  l  Texas
Utah  l  Vermont  l  Virginia  l  Washington  l  West Virginia
Wisconsin  l  Wyoming  l  Washington D.C.  l  Home

Amusements  l  Amtrak  l  Antiques A Startling Crime  l  Aviation Pioneer  l  Banana Split
Ball Point Pen  l  Bar Code  l  BBQ  l  Blue Jeans  l  Bubble Gum  l  Busiest Travel Day  l  Candy
Civil Rights  l  Color T.V.  l  Crime Fiction  l  Color T.V.  l  Computers  l  Department Stores  l Dental Drill Patented
Education  l  Electric Chair  l  Engineering  l  Frisbees  l  Fingerprints  l  First American Newspaper  l  First Auto Fatality
First Baseball Game  l  First College Football Game  l  First Home Developer First Jukebox  l  First Movie Theater
First Phonograph Record  l  First Radio Station  l  First Super Bowl  l  First Telephone Operator  l  First Traffic Light
First U.S. Hospital  l  First Woman Doctor  l  First World Series  l  Highest Wind Ever  l  Horse Races  l  Ice Cream
Linotype Inventor  l  Minimum Wage  l  Motorcycle Rally NBA Formed  l  New Year's Day   l  NHL Founded
Outlawing Fun  l  Patents  l  Pecans  l  Pets  l  Photography Pony Express  l  Potato Chips
Scotch Tape  l  Scrabble  l  Soccer  l  Soda Fountain  l  Soft Drinks  l  Star Wars
Superman  l  Tea  l  Telephone  l  Tennis  l  Thanksgiving  l  Tiffany
Typewriter Patented  l  U.S. Mint Opens  l  Valentines Day
Videocassette Recorder  l  Washing Machines
Worst U.S. Fires  l  ZIP Codes  l  Zipper