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 51-75 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 105 records)

Citation

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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