Several days ago, DevraDoWrite posted a piece about the all-but-forgotten guitarist Brick Fleagle. I then sent her a message that mentioned another important, now obscure, musician with an unusual name. She researched Fud Livingston and came up with a fascinating report. Here is a little of what she discovered.
Fud Livingston (né: Anthony Joseph Livingston). Born April 10, 1906, in Charleston, S.C., USA, he died on March 25, 1957, in New York, NY. USA. Fud originally studied Piano, Clarinet and Sax. His first professional experience came as a member of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, where for five years he played sax and did arranging. After Whiteman, he worked with Freddie Rich and with Andre Kostelanetz, and others.
There was much more to Livingston. To read what Devra found, go to DevraDoWrite. Then, listen to Livingston’s advanced 1927 arrangement of his “Imagination” for the Charleston Chasers, a band that included Pee Wee Russell and Red Nichols. Richard Sudhalter’s Lost Chords has thirty-six mentions of Livingston and includes transcriptions of parts of “Imagination.”