Frank Eyton

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Eyton, Frank," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101253.

Eyton, Frank. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101253.

"Eyton, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101253

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