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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born August 28, 1886 (Chicago), Died December 23, 1945
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1954
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 101-111 of 111 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Edison||7155||10-in.||2/10/1920||"O" (Oh!)||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|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||lyricist, composer|
|Edison||11283||10-in.||11/5/1926||Fire! (An "alarming" novelty)||Tom Howard ; Jazz Babies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Gramophone||0PC1038||10-in.||12/16/1954||'0"||Conjunto Mário Simôes||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WL260||10-in.||12/14/1925||Just a little drink||Clément Doucet ; Jean Wiener||Piano duet||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gay, Byron," accessed June 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.
Gay, Byron. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102204.
"Gay, Byron." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: Byron Gay
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LCNAR: Gay, Byron - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n78029020
Wikidata: Byron Gay - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5004363
MusicBrainz: Byron Gay - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/6ccad4eb-9b74-4f22-ad32-2bff6f53184c
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