Okeh; New York, July 27, 1928: Red Nichols-Leo McConville-t/Miff Mole-tb/Dudley Fosdick-mel/Fud Livingston-cl-ts/Arthur Schutt-p/Carl Kress-g/Joe Tarto-b tuba/Stan King-d.
He was never a major soloist. And he never had the opportunity to lead a band of his own. But Joseph Anthony Livingston had one of the coolest nicknames around: Fud.
By the late 1930s Fud would retire completely as a session musician and take up music publishing as his day job. But if you look through enough classic 1920s jazz sides, his name will appear regularly with the likes of Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Red Nichols and Jean Goldkette along with many others.
He also has the honor of having one of his compositions from 1931, “I’m Thru With Love,” sung by Marilyn Monroe in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot.