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Lloyd Glenn

Lloyd Glenn - Blues pianist, arranger (1909 - 1985)

A talented pianist and musical arranger, Lloyd Glenn was less renowned for his own fine recordings as for his peerless work on those by other musicians; particularly the Midas touch he contributed to the production and accompaniment of blues guitarists like T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Gene Phillips, Gatemouth Brown and B B King.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, on 21st November 1909, Lloyd Glenn grew up listening to close relatives and family friends playing ragtime, blues and boogie woogie on the family piano. By his early teens he had absorbed a lot of music and playing piano became second nature to him. He spent the late 1920s honing his skills in South Western territory bands, such as Millard McNeal's Melody Boys, Thomas Lee's Royal Aces, and The Deluxe Melody Boys, before joining Terence "Tee" Holder's respected unit, returning to San Antonio when Holder disbanded in 1932.

Between 1932 and 1934, Glenn played with the local band of Boots & His Buddies and enjoyed a brief spell with Nat Towles, before leaving to join Don Albert's Orchestra as pianist/arranger in the summer of 1934. While with Albert, Glenn made his recording debut with the band in November 1936 for Vocalion. Eight numbers were recorded all arranged or co-arranged by him, including the original version of “You Don't Love Me,” which would become famous in the late 1940s with successful recordings by Paul Gayten and Camille Howard.

Family commitments led Lloyd to quit Don Albert's band in 1937 to take up local teaching jobs and he moved to California in 1941, eventually settling in Los Angeles in 1945 where he spent the rest of his life. It wasn't long before Glenn was gigging and recording with the jump bands of Red Mack and Gene Phillips, finding employment as a session musician and arranger, often with fellow Texans like Henry Hayes on Aladdin in 1946, and most famously with T-Bone Walker on Black & White Records in 1947 (“They Call It Stormy Monday,” etc.). A couple of months later he made his own first solo records, as Lloyd Glenn & His Joymakers for Imperial Records with Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces, a group that was already recording for Modern Records under Phillips' name, and his trio was also used to back vocalist Red Miller on the #1 R&B chart smash Bewildered in late 1948.

Lloyd Glenn joined Jack Lauderdale's Swing Time Records in 1949 as A&R man, and was soon cutting his own best-selling records as well as crafting hits for the likes of Lowell Fulson; in 1950, he was responsible for three of Fulson's best-selling records

Source: Dave Penny


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Old Time Shuffle

Black and Blue Records


After Hours

ECM Records


Fried Chicken /...

ECM Records



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