Joe Williams Arrangements, circa 1940-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Williams, Joe, 1918-1999
Joe Williams Arrangements
circa 1940-1990 (inclusive)
approximately 10.5 cubic feet
Collection Number
Joe Williams was a jazz vocalist. The collection consists mainly of arrangements, with a few other materials.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 208-885-0845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joe Williams (born Joseph Goreed) was a jazz vocalist. He was born in Cordele, Georgia on December 12, 1918 and died in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 29, 1999. Male vocalist for the Count Basie Orchestra from 1954 to 1961. After leaving the band toured and record on his own. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983, next to Basie's. He also had several acting appearances in movies and television, including the role of "Grandpa Al," on The Cosby Show in the 1980s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists mainly of arrangements, with a few other materials as described in the container list, and a rhythm stick. Materials are mostly undated. The suggested range date of the materials span the approximate years of Mr. Williams' musical career.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

This manuscript group is part of the International Jazz Collections-IJC.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Some contents of this collection have been digitized.

Restrictions on Use

Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permission for use.

Preferred Citation

Joe Williams Arrangements, IJC MG 5, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
1-44 Arrangements in aphabetical order, noted on the labels of the boxes
45 2 manuscript scores: Lionel Hampton's Boogie Woogie and Flying Home, arranged by Milt Buckner -- Roulette records: Somebody/One Is a Lonesome Number -- Valentine Recording: Ev'rybody Wants To Be Loved (By Someone), by Buddy Feyne -- Photos: Anne Loring with Kurt Laurence and one of Al Grey performing at Bop City on Sept. 4, 1960 -- Lou Grant. "Jazz," by Rogers Turrentine, 1981 -- The Moonshine War, by Elmore Leonard (Dialect by Lee Pennington) -- music sheets -- programs -- a list of the LPs donated, which were separated from this collection -- personalized folder "Joe Williams, conductor"
46-47 (offsite/vault) Sweatshirts and t-shirts. Jazz festival of the University of Idaho (12 items)
48 (offsite/vault) A rhythm stick. "A Lonnie shaker. To Joe 45 years is a long time."

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • African American jazz musicians--Archives
  • Jazz musicians--United States--Archives
  • Jazz--History--20th century--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Williams, Joe, 1918-1999--Archives
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Williams, Jillean (donor)