Yank Lawson

John Rhea "Yank" Lawson (May 3, 1911 – February 18, 1995) was an American jazz trumpeter known for Dixieland and swing music.

Yank Lawson
Birth nameJohn Rhea Lawson
Born(1911-05-03)May 3, 1911
Trenton, Missouri, U.S.
Died(1995-02-18)February 18, 1995
Indianapolis, Indiana
GenresJazz, dixieland, swing
Years active1930s–1970s
LabelsAtlantic, Audiophile, Decca, Jazzology
Associated actsBen Pollack, Bob Crosby, Bob Haggart, World's Greatest Jazz Band

Born John Lausen in 1911,[1] from 1933 to 1935 he worked in Ben Pollack's orchestra and after that became a founding member of the Bob Crosby Orchestra.[2] He later worked with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, but also worked with Crosby again in 1941–42.[2] Later in the 1940s he became a studio musician leading his own Dixieland sessions.[2]

In the 1950s he and Bob Haggart created the Lawson-Haggart band and they worked together in 1968 to form the World's Greatest Jazz Band, a Dixieland group which performed for the next ten years.[2]


  1. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 100.
  2. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott. "Yank Lawson | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 November 2016.

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