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|
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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