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 and G)||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 and G)||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|
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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