Byron Gay

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 28th, 1886 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 105 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 lyricist, composer  
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 lyricist, composer  
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 composer, lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 105 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gay, Byron," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.

Gay, Byron. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.

"Gay, Byron." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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