Edward Otha South (November 27, 1904 – April 25, 1962) was an American jazz violinist.

Eddie South
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Background information
Birth nameEdward Otha South
Born(1904-11-27)November 27, 1904
Louisiana, Missouri, U.S.
DiedApril 25, 1962(1962-04-25) (aged 57)
Chicago, Illinois


South studied classical music in Budapest, Paris, and Chicago.[1] In the 1920s he was a member of jazz orchestras led by Charlie Elgar, Erskine Tate, and Jimmy Wade.[1][2] He led a band in the early 1930s that included Milt Hinton and Everett Barksdale.[1] In 1937 he recorded in Paris with Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, and Michel Warlop.[1] In 1945 he worked for the studio band at WMGM in New York City.[1] During the 1950s, he was a guest on television with Fran Allison and Dave Garroway and on WGN in Chicago.[1]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Eddie South among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. p. 617. ISBN 0-19-507418-1.
  2. ^ "African-American Registry: Eddie South, violinist of jazz!". Archived from the original on 2006-02-05. Retrieved 2006-05-14.
  3. ^ Rosen, Jody (25 June 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  • Barnett, Anthony (1999). Black Gypsy: The Recordings of Eddie South: An Annotated Discography. Lewes, East Sussex: AB Fable. ISBN 0-907954-26-X.

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