Fulbright, Richard W. [Dick] (1901–1962)

By: Dave Oliphant

Type: Biography

Published: November 22, 2006

Jazz musician Richard W. (Dick) Fulbright was born in Paris, Texas, in 1901. He played both tuba and string bass and worked with a number of notable groups during his career. After first touring with the Virginia Minstrels, forming part of the De Luxe Syncopators from 1926 to 1928, and playing for a season in Florida with pianist-composer Luckey Roberts, Fulbright moved to New York, where he worked with tenor saxophonist Bingie Madison. In 1931–32 he was with Elmer Snowden and then worked regularly with Teddy Hill until 1937, touring Europe with Hill during this last year. In 1939 he joined Zutty Singleton, and after 1947 he worked with Noble Sissle. Fulbright retired from music in 1958. He died in New York City on November 17, 1962.

John Chilton, Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street (London: Bloomsbury Book Shop, 1970; American ed., New York and Philadelphia: Chilton, 1972; 4th ed., New York: Da Capo Press, 1985). Barry Kernfeld, ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (London: Macmillan, 1988; 2d ed., New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 2002).
  • Music
  • Genres (Jazz)

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Dave Oliphant, “Fulbright, Richard W. [Dick],” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 14, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/fulbright-richard-w-dick.

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November 22, 2006

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