Forgotten Jazz Great: Charleston’s Fud Livingston

May 14, 2018

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Charleston’s Fud Livingston, 'Jazz Age' arranger, composer, and musician, made memorable music.

Joseph Anthony “Fud” Livingston, born in Charleston, SC, in 1906, was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, and composer who played with some of the most renowned musicians of the Jazz Age, including Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and the Dorsey brothers, Tommy and Jimmy. He arranged for Broadway and wrote songs, the most famous of which is “I’m Through with Love.”

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Fud’s great-nephew, and jazz historian Ben Franklin III join Walter Edgar to talk about the life and music of Livingston, and his place among the South Carolina musicians in the Jazz Era.

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Please note: The music heard on the broadcast episode is *not* licensed for on-demand publication and is, therefore, not included in this podcast. You can find some of the recordings featured in the broadcast on You Tube:

I'm Through With Love
Nobody's Sweetheart
Humpty Dumpty
Feelin' No Pain

The only surviving example of music played by Charleston's Jenkins Orphanage band is in this set of Movietone News out takes.