Byron Sturges Gay (August 28, 1886 – 22 December 1945) was an American songwriter. One of his best-known songs "Four or Five Times" (co–written with Marco H. Hellman) has been recorded by numerous artists including King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Lionel Hampton, Bob Wills, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and more. Byron also worked with the composer Richard A. Whiting, together they wrote such songs as "Horses" and "Fire", both popular dance and comedy songs.
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Birth and Death Data: Born August 28, 1886 (Chicago), Died December 23, 1945
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1954
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 111 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-15755||10-in.||3/3/1915||The little Ford rambled right along||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-16259||10-in.||7/26/1915||Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-21953||10-in.||6/5/1918||Sand dunes||Six Brown Brothers||Saxophone sextet||composer|
|Victor||B-22381||10-in.||2/25/1919||Sand dunes||Nicholas Orlando's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-22938||10-in.||6/25/1919||The vamp||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||B-23104||10-in.||8/1/1919||Sand dunes||Vernon Dalhart||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-23378||10-in.||12/16/1919||Oh!||Paul Biese’s Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-23651||10-in.||1/30/1920||The vamp||Marimba Azul y Blanco||Marimba band||composer|
|Victor||B-27411||10-in.||1/18/1923||Fate||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-30449||10-in.||7/1/1924||The song of my dreams||Rosa Hamilton||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-31141||10-in.||11/3/1924||The world is mine (For I have you)||E. Sheetz Californians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-32544||10-in.||4/27/1925||Just a little drink||Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-32574||10-in.||5/6/1925||Just a little drink||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34226||10-in.||12/18/1925||Westward||Tom Waring||Male vocal solo, with piano (self-accompaniment)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34676||10-in.||3/4/1926||Horses||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and monologue||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36496||10-in.||12/8/1926||Fire||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-42063||10-in.||3/5/1928||Rose of Monterey||Herman Kenin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-42130||10-in.||3/28/1928||Moonlight on the Danube||Mickey Gillette ; Romanciers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46093||10-in.||7/11/1928||Four or five times||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-49105||10-in.||11/14/1928||The soul of a rose||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-63194||10-in.||11/5/1930||The song of the Navy||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (takes 1-3); with male vocal quintet (takes 4-6)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-78572||10-in.||11/22/1933||Sittin' on a log (Pettin' my dog)||Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-78856||10-in.||12/15/1933||Sittin' on a log (Pettin' my dog)||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-09674||10-in.||8/31/1937||The vamp||Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||39988||10-in.||3/25/1915||The little Ford rambled right along||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gay, Byron," accessed June 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.
Gay, Byron. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.
"Gay, Byron." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: Byron Gay
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LCNAR: Gay, Byron - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n78029020
Wikidata: Byron Gay - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5004363
MusicBrainz: Byron Gay - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/6ccad4eb-9b74-4f22-ad32-2bff6f53184c
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