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 76-100 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 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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