Joseph Anthony “Fud” Livingston (1906-1957) was a jazz virtuoso who not only arranged music, but played saxophone, clarinet, and piano. This Charleston, South Carolina, native composed the music for “I’m Thru with Love,” which was popularized into a standard. The song was recorded by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Marilyn Monroe, and Ella Fitzgerald, and included on the soundtrack for the films, Some Like it Hot (1959) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). In his title An Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues Musicians, Benjamin Franklin V, writes about how Livingston gained inspiration from spending time practicing with some of the members of the Jenkins Orphanage Band. We learned about the impact of this band in a previous post.
Interesting Fact: Livingston is the great uncle of Mayor of Charleston, John Tecklenburg. Listen to Mayor Tecklenburg and Benjamin Franklin V talk about the life of Fud Livingston with Walter Edgar on South Carolina Public Radio here.
We would like to bring attention to and give special thanks to Benjamin Franklin V, for giving permission to use his publications. Additional thanks and acknowledgement go to The University of South Carolina Press. Benjamin Franklin V is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina. His research efforts to bring knowledge of Jazz (and Blues) musicians of South Carolina, like Fud Livingston, are an important and vital contribution to South Carolina history. Please visit the University of South Carolina Press website here to learn more about him and his work.