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Lord Buckley: A Discography

Lord Buckley Hip Jazz Poet and Story Teller : A Discography

"Lord Buckley is a secret thing that people pass under the table," novelist Ken Kesey said.

The Best of Lord Buckley, I BOUGHT THIS ALBUM IN 1970 !!!
The Best of Lord Buckley, Crestview Records, re-released on Elektra Records under the same title, (out of print), Recordings from 1951, some originally released by Vaya Records. The Nazz, Gettysburg Address, The Hip Gahn, Jonah and the Whale, Marc Antony's Funeral Oration, and Nero. (The Crestview Records edition of this album can be spotted sitting on the mantle in the photograph on the cover of Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home.)




Hipsters, Flipsters and Finger-Poppin' Daddies, Knock My Your Lobes, RCA, 1955, Marc Antony, Boston Tea Party, To Swing or Not to Swing, Is This the Sticker?, Hip Hiawatha

Bad Rapping of the Marquis De Sade, World Pacific Records (out of print), recorded live in concert, Oakland, CA, 1960. The Bad Rapping of the Marquis de Sade, H Bomb, The Chastity Belt, The Ballad of Dan McGroo, His Majesty The Policeman.

The Parabolic Revelations of the Late Lord Buckley - A Collection of Six Lessons by the Hip Messiah, Pye Records, UK, 1952, The Nazz, Murder, Jonah and the Whale, Governor Gulpwell, Chastity Belt, Georgia Sweet and Kind.

Buckley's Best, World Pacific Records (out of print), Supermarket, The Naz, The Gasser, Subconscious Mind, Willie the Shake, Martin's Horse, God's Own Drunk

Lord Buckley: A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat, Straight Records, (compiled by Frank Zappa), The Bad-Rapping of the Marquis de Sade, Governor Slugwell, The Raven, The Train, The Hip Einie (Still available, now on Compact Disk, released in 1992 and named by Tower Records' "Best Comedy CD of the Year.")

Lord Buckley: Blowing His Mind (And Your's, Too) , Demon Verbal Records, Brentford, Middlesex, UK, Subconscious Mind, Fire Chief, Let It Down, Murder, The Gasser, Maharaja, Scrooge

Lord Buckley in Concert, Demon Verbal Records, Brentford, Middlesex, UK; Supermarket, Horse's Mouth, Black Cross, The Naz, My Own Railroad, Willie the Shake, God's Own Drunk

Lord Buckley Live, Shambhala Lion Editions (cassette), Boston, 1991, Produced by "Prince" Frederick Buckley, The Hip Gahn, The Gettysburg Address, God's Own Drunk, Is This the Sticker, The Nazz, Trouble, Murder, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Scrooge, James Dean, The Gasser

Jazz poet Lord Buckley's "The Bugbird," (The Raven) a too-awesome-to-be-believed translation into the "semantic of the hip," circa 1950.

It was a real drug midnight
swoooooooooooooooah dreary
I was goofing
Beat and weary
Over many a freakish volume of forgotten score
When suddenly there came a tapping
As if some cat were gently riffing
Knocking rhythm at my pad's door.
Ah, "'tis the landlady," I muttered
On her broom she flies the rounding
Sounding for her rent
WITCH only this and nothing more

Ehh, ooh, will I ever get out of this feeling?
Emmm, emmmm,

Ah, so solid I remember,
It was in that wrought December
And it's swingin', jumpin' ember
Blew it's phantom upon the floor
Groovily I woo'd the morrow
Still hung I sought to borrow
From my book kicks
To knock the sorrow
Sorrow for my gone Lenore
For that sweet, square but swingin' maiden
Whom the fly chicks tagged Lenore
Nameless here forevermore

Lord Buckley: A Chronology

Compiled by EARL RIVERS

  • April 5, 1906 Richard Myrle Buckley born, weight: 14 lbs, in Tuolumne, California, son of William Buckley, originally of Manchester, England, and Annie Laurie Bone Buckley, whose parents had immigrated to Seatle from Cornwall, England.

  • April 18, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The planet's delayed reaction
  • early 1920's Buckley works as lumberjack in California forests
  • late 1920's Buckley enters show business with performances in medicine shows and tent shows. Starts working speakeasies in Chicago as Dick Buckley.
  • 1932-1938 Dick Buckley, and Red Skelton, are the leading MC's for Dance Marathons and Walkathons, popular Depression era entertainments. He continues his club work, becoming increasingly involved with the jazz scene.
  • 1940 Buckley starts working at Chicago's Club DeLisa, a leading jazz venue with primarily black performers and clientele.
  • 1941 On tour with Gene Krupa in Reno, Buckley is arrested for public drunkenness and fined.
  • 1942-1945 Tours in USO shows with Ed Sullivan, who becomes a close friend.
  • 1943 Arrested for marijuana possession in Chicago, but charges are dismissed when Ed Sullivan intervenes.
  • mid 1940's Relocates to New York
  • 1946 Marries for the sixth (?) and last time. Meets his wife, Lady Elizabeth Buckley, née Hanson, while touring with "The Passing Show."
  • 1946 Plays Loew's State Theatre on Broadway as part of vaudeville tour.

  • 1949 First television appearance on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town
  • 1951 First recordings released on Vaya Records.
  • 1952 Recording - The Parabolic Revelations, including The Nazz
  • 1954 Moves to Topanga Canyon and founds "The Church of the Living Swing."
  • 1955 RCA recordings released.
  • August 8, 1955 Buckley appears on the "Tonight" show hosted by Steve Allen
  • 1958-1959 Buckley takes part in experiments with LSD
  • February 12-14,1959 Ivar Theatre, Los Angeles, concerts recorded, later released by World Pacific Records as Buckley's Best and The Bad Rapping of the Marquis de Sade
  • 1960 Buckley relocates to San Francisco Bay area.
  • October 1960 Buckley booked to play The Jazz Gallery in New York City.
  • October 19, 1960 His "Cabaret Card" revoked by New York City Police, purportedly because of his 1941 arrest but more likely because of failure to pay required bribe, Buckley is barred from performing. Buckley later attempts to convince the desk sergeant at the local precinct to reinstate his Card. His "agent," Harold Humes, records the interview and makes a transcript of the recording.
  • November 3, 1960 Hearing on Buckley's Cabaret Card suspension is attended by over thirty witnesses and journalists. It is adjourned and rescheduled for November 14.
  • Saturday, November 12, 1960 Lord Buckley dies in New York City after suffering a stroke aggravated by malnutrition and a kidney ailment.
  • Sunday, November 13, 1960 Enraged by the treatment of Lord Buckley a "Citizens' Emergency Committee" meets in the apartment of George Plimpton to fight the Police Department Cabaret Card system.
  • Monday, November 14, 1960 Hearing for posthumous reinstatement of Buckley's cabaret card results in a raucous confrontation between Police Commissioner Kennedy and a large crowd of writers, musicians and others enraged at the Police Department's treatment of Buckley. The publicity leads to the reform of the licensing system, the abolition of the "Cabaret Card," and the removal of Kennedy.
  • December 1960 Memorial for Lord Buckley at The Village Gate in New York City is attended by many cultural luminaries. Dizzy Gillespie and Ornette Coleman perform.


The Lord Buckley spot on NPR's Morning Edition Morning Edition, July 1, 2002 · Lord Buckley could be described as a jazz monologist and comic known for retelling biblical and classical tales in beat lingo. He had a profound influence on a whole generation of comedians, including Robin Williams, Tommy Smothers, and Jonathan Winters, but he's not a household name. Oliver Trager's just-published biography, Dig Infinity!, 12 years in the making, hopes to remedy that. Jon Kalish reports.

Hipsters, Flipsters and Finger-Poppin' Daddies, Knock Me Your Lobes, Lord Buckley (1955). Not the original rapper, but perhaps the funniest. The title, of course, is Shakespeare.

About Lord Buckley in Salon.

A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat