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

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  
Columbia 45881 10-in. 7/26/1915 Gasoline Gus and his jitney 'bus George O'Connor Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 77094 10-in. 6/1/1917 Sons of Liberty Columbia Stellar Quartette ; Andrea Sarto Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77288 10-in. 8/27/1917 One step more Frank E. Banta ; Howard Kopp Piano and drums duet composer  
Columbia 78208 10-in. 12/17/1918 Sand dunes Earl Fuller ; Rector Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 78418 10-in. 5/8/1919 The vamp George Hamilton Green ; Joe Green Xylophone duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 78459 10-in. 5/29/1919 The vamp Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus composer  
Columbia 78824 10-in. 11/21/1919 "O" (Oh!) Straight's Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Columbia 78826 10-in. 11/24/1919 "O" (Oh!) Ted Lewis Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 78851 10-in. 12/9/1919 "O" (Oh!) Jack Kaufman ; Ted Lewis Jazz Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia 79275 10-in. 6/15/1920 The little Ford rambled right along Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 79947 10-in. 7/18/1921 Catalina Paul Biese Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Columbia 80566 10-in. 9/27/1922 Fate Ted Lewis Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80595 10-in. 10/10/1922 Vamp me Paul Biese Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80641 10-in. 11/2/1922 Vamp me (And I'll vamp you) Garber-Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81502 10-in. 1/28/1924 Keep a-goin' Phil Romano Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81959 10-in. 9/5/1924 Gilda Art Kahn Orchestra ; Frank Sullivano Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia 49488 12-in. 8/30/1918 Sand dunes Earl Fuller ; Rector Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W140457 10-in. 3/23/1925 Just a little drink California Ramblers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W141665 10-in. 2/10/1926 No Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W141808 10-in. 3/17/1926 Horses Irving Kaufman ; Manhattan Dance Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W141953 10-in. 4/13/1926 Horses Georgians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W142906 10-in. 11/3/1926 Fire! Joe Fire, the Old Fireman ; WMCA Broadcasters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W142909 10-in. 11/4/1926 Fire! Harry Reser's Syncopators ; Tom Stacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W144947 10-in. 10/2/1927 Rose of Monterey Columbians ; Billy Day Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W145679 10-in. 2/25/1928 Moonlight on the Danube Eddie Thomas’ Collegians ; Arthur Fields Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W148276 10-in. 4/14/1929 The vamp Dan Hornsby Novelty Quartet Male vocal and instrumental quartet composer, lyricist  
Columbia W152542 10-in. 10/27/1933 Sittin' on a log (Pettin' my dog) Fran Frey and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh 333 10-in. ca. Sept. 1918 My angel of the flaming cross Greek Evans Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh 392 10-in. approximately July 1918 Sand dunes Joe Green Xylophone solo, with orchestra composer  
OKeh 680 10-in. ca. May 1919 The vamp Green Brothers' Xylophone Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-752 10-in. ca. July 1919 The vamp Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 809 10-in. ca. May 1919 Western land Joseph A. Phillips Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh 812 10-in. ca. May 1919 Western land Green Brothers Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7146 10-in. Jan. 1920 "O"—(Oh!) Jack Kaufman ; Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
OKeh S-7165 10-in. ca. Jan. 1920 Fast asleep in Poppy Land Paul Biese’s Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7354 10-in. ca. Mar. 1920 I like to do it Green Brothers' Novelty Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh 8508 10-in. Jan. 1924 Keep a-goin' Finzel's Arcadia Orchestra of Detroit Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70910 10-in. Oct. 1922 Vamp me (And I'll vamp you) Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71253 10-in. Feb. 1923 Fate (It was fate when I first met you) Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-73489 10-in. June 1925 Just a little drink Tickle Toe Ten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh 80007 10-in. 4/26/1926 Horses The Red Hotters Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh 80191 10-in. 10/23/1926 Fire! Jazz Pilots ; Harry Reser Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W401221 10-in. 10/13/1928 Four or five times Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
OKeh W403146 10-in. 10/16/1929 Four or five times Monarch Jazz Quartet of Norfolk Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
Brunswick 2849 10-in. approximately Sept. 1919 The vamp All Star Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick 3327-3329 10-in. approximately Dec. 1919 Fast asleep in Poppyland Paul Biese’s Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 9398-9400 10-in. approximately Dec. 1922 Fate Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with 2 pianos composer  
Brunswick 12102-12104 10-in. 12/13/1923 Keep a goin’ Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 15157-15159 10-in. 3/13/1925 Just a little drink Frank Bessinger ; Ray Miller Orchestra ; Frank Wright Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C1939 10-in. 5/16/1928 Four or five times Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
Brunswick C2711 10-in. 12/27/1928 Let’s sow a wild oat Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist, composer  
Brunswick LA912 10-in. 12/13/1930 To make a long story short (I love you) Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (takes G[1] and G[2]) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA916 10-in. 1/16/1931 To make a long story short (I love you) Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (takes G[1] and G[2]) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA954 10-in. 2/13/1931 To make a long story short (I love you) Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E28056 10-in. 8/13/1928 Four or five times Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick E18538-E18540 10-in. 3/24/1926 Horses Ed Smalle Male vocal solo, with piano and traps lyricist  
Brunswick E20512-E20513 10-in. 10/25/1926 Fire! Six Jumping Jacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E22913-E22915 10-in. 5/3/1927 Wide open spaces Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E26430-E26432 10-in. 2/8/1928 Moonlight on the Danube (Danubio azul) Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band ; Frank Munn Marimba band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26432) composer, lyricist  
Edison 3524 10-in. 1/18/1915 The little Ford rambled right along Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 3897 10-in. 6/22/1915 Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal trio, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 4719 10-in. 5/11/1916 The dragon's eye Peerless Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 5826 10-in. 10/2/1917 We want the flowers now Thomas Chalmers ; Lawrence E. Gilbert Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6398 10-in. 10/7/1918 Sand dunes All Star Trio Saxophone, piano, and xylophone composer  
Edison 6793 10-in. 5/15/1919 The vamp Green Brothers' Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 6892 10-in. 7/31/1919 Western land All Star Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Edison 7155 10-in. 2/10/1920 "O" (Oh!) Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 7972 10-in. 5/10/1921 The sidewalk Orlando's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 8148 10-in. 7/28/1921 Catalina Broadway Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 8679 10-in. 12/1/1922 Fate (It was fate when I first met you) Atlantic Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 8934 10-in. 4/18/1923 Fate (It was fate when I first met you) Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 9016 10-in. 6/7/1923 Two little eyes Homestead Trio ; Elizabeth Spencer Soprano vocal solo and female vocal trio, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 9600 10-in. 7/3/1924 Radio Atlantic Dance Orchestra ; Arthur Hall Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison 10490 10-in. 7/7/1925 Just a little drink Bud Kennedy ; Tennessee Happy Boys Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Edison 11283 10-in. 11/5/1926 Fire! (An "alarming" novelty) Tom Howard ; Jazz Babies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Vocalion E2231 -E2233 10-in. 1/26/1926 All for you Golden Pheasant Orchestra ; Austin Wylie Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Vocalion E2587-E2589 10-in. 3/3/1926 Horses Six Jumping Jacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Vocalion E2596-E2598 10-in. 3/4/1926 Westward Vertmonte Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Vocalion E2689-E2691 10-in. 3/23/1926 Horses Six Hayseeds Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Vocalion 567W-569W 10-in. 3/19/1925 Just a little drink Irving Kaufman ; Tuxedo Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gay, Byron," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.

Gay, Byron. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.

"Gay, Byron." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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