Tom Delaney

Tom Delaney (September 14, 1889 – December 16, 1963) was an American blues and jazz songwriter, pianist and singer, who wrote a number of popular songs, mainly in the 1920s. His work was recorded by many of the more fashionable singers and musicians of the period and later times, including Lillyn Brown, Lucille Hegamin, Ethel Waters, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Bix Beiderbecke, Big Joe Williams, Clara Smith, Alberta Hunter, Clarence Williams, James P. Johnson, Woody Herman, Bukka White, Toots Thielemans, and Dinah Washington.

Delaney was known primarily as a songwriter for other performers, but he also recorded a small number of his own songs.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 14, 1889 (Charleston), Died December 16, 1963 (Baltimore)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 51-56 of 56 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E4764-E4765 10-in. 3/25/1927 Down that lonesome road Sis Quander Female vocal solo, with clarinet and piano composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C1906 10-in. 4/28/1928 Jazz me blues McKenzie and Condon’s Boys Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick XC4834 12-in. 10/31/1929 Little Buster program L, pt. 2 Corn Poppers ; Little Buster Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick C1808-C1809 10-in. 3/27/1928 Jazz me blues McKenzie and Condon’s Boys Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick M217 10-in. 9/25/1929 Troublesome blues Betty Perkins Female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Brunswick AL280-AL281 10-in. 2/16/1928 There’ll come a time Roy Harvey ; North Carolina Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
(Results 51-56 of 56 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Delaney, Tom," accessed February 2, 2023,

Delaney, Tom. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 2, 2023, from

"Delaney, Tom." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 February 2023.

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