Frank Eyton (30 August 1894 – 11 November 1962) was an English popular music lyricist best known for co-writing the lyrics of Johnny Green's "Body and Soul" (1930) with Edward Heyman and Robert Sour.
Most of Eyton's work was collaborations with Noel Gay and Billy Mayerl in London-based musical theatre. With Mayerl as composer, Eyton co-wrote with Desmond Carter the lyrics for the celebrated sequence "Side by Side" from Over She Goes (filmed 1938). His most successful play was the 1948 musical farce, Bob's Your Uncle, written in collaboration with Gay.
With Gay, Eyton wrote the popular song "All Over The Place" for the 1940 film Sailors Three and the songs for the 1942 film Let the People Sing. He was also one of the soundtrack writers of Body and Soul, a successful boxing film from 1947.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 30th, 1894 (London), Died London
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-50919||10-in.||3/7/1929||Don't do that to the poor puss-cat||Dick Robertson ; Ed Smalle||Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-62370||10-in.||7/26/1930||Body and soul||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo (takes 15-17); with male vocal solo (takes 1-14)||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-63625||10-in.||9/5/1930||Body and soul||Helen Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-067761||10-in.||9/9/1941||Body and soul||NBC Dixieland Octet ; Henry Levine ; Dinah Shore||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W147465||10-in.||11/15/1928||Don't do that to the poor puss-cat||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W150844||10-in.||9/29/1930||Body and soul||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||W150863||10-in.||10/7/1930||Body and soul||Annette Hanshaw||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|OKeh||W404411||10-in.||10/9/1930||Body and soul||Louis Armstrong ; Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W404516||10-in.||10/30/1930||Body and soul||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Edison||18858||10-in.||11/8/1928||Don't do that to the poor puss-cat||7 Blue Babies ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||N-556||10-in.||11/8/1929||Don't do that to the poor puss-cat||7 Blue Babies ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Eyton, Frank," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101253.
Eyton, Frank. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101253.
"Eyton, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.
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