Bob Stephens, "harmonist"?

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

I was especially amused by the description of Bob Stephens as "harmonist" in the caption. That makes it sound like he was there as one of Irving Kaufman's backup singers. In fact, as I recently pointed out on the forum, Stephens was Tommy Rockwell's assistant producer and later became a record producer n his own right. He produced Count Basie's sessions for Decca Records in 1937-1939 and, though John Hammond was very upset that Decca had beaten him to sign Basie, he had nothing but praise for the sound quality Stephens got on Basie's records despite Decca's cheap, substandard equipment.

Posted on Nov 12, 2017, 11:43 AM

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