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CORLEY, GEORGE (1912–?). Trombonist George Corley was born in Austin on September 7, 1912, the scion of a musical family. He studied piano and later trombone. As a trombonist he organized his own jazz group, the Royal Aces, probably during high school. He joined the Terrence Holder band in the early 1930s; left to join Troy Floyd's San Antonio-based band in 1932; and subsequently worked with a number of Texas bands, including those of Tommy Brooks, Sammy Holmes, Howard Brown, and Clifford "Boots" Douglasqv. The tune "Boots Stomp," recorded in 1938, offers an excellent example of Corley's trombone playing. He can also be heard soloing on "Remember," recorded in 1938 by Boots and His Buddies (on Boots and His Buddies, 1937–1938 [Classics 738, 1993]). In the 1940s and early 1950s Corley performed in California. From 1955 to 1962 he worked in Texas and then returned to California, where he worked with singer Jimmy McCraklin. The place and date of his death are unknown.


John Chilton, Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street (London: Bloomsbury Book Shop, 1970; American ed., New York and Philadelphia: Chilton, 1972; 4th ed., New York: Da Capo Press, 1985).

Dave Oliphant

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Dave Oliphant, "CORLEY, GEORGE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on October 24, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.