Bob Haggart

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... read moreAfter formal tuition on guitar and informal playing of trumpet and piano, Bob Haggart switched to bass. He came to prominence when he joined Bob Crosby’s band, one of the great successes of the swing era. Haggart’s contribution extended far beyond his role in the rhythm section, he arranged several...

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Bob Haggart
Swingin’ At The Sugar Bowl
Bob Haggart
What's New
Bob Haggart
What's New (Feat. Johnny Burke & Bob Haggart)
Bob Haggart
The Big Noise From Winnetka
Bob Haggart
Jimtown Blues


Active: 1940s-1960s
Country Of origin: United States of America
Member of: The Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band , The World's Greatest Jazz Band

One of the last survivors of Bob Crosby's Bobcats, Bob Haggart was a top bassist for 60 years. Originally a guitarist, Haggart taught himself bass while in high school. He gained fame when he joined Bob Crosby in 1935, not only supplying his supportive and swinging bass but contributing arrangements and writing such songs as "What's New," "South Rampart Street Parade," "My Inspiration," and "Big Noise From Winnetka," the latter a colorful duet with drummer Ray Bauduc. After Crosby broke up his band in 1942, Haggart became a studio musician and was on a countless number of sessions (particularly for Decca). In addition to his studio work, the busy bassist teamed up with Yank Lawson for recordings as the Lawson-Haggart Band. Bob Haggart participated in many Bobcat reunions with Bob Crosby, co-led the World's Greatest Jazz Band with Lawson starting in 1968, and was a steady fixture at many jazz parties and festivals through the years prior to his death on December 2, 1998. ~ Scott Yanow~ Rovi

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