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 26-50 of 105 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gay, Byron," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.
Gay, Byron. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.
"Gay, Byron." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.
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