Anson Weeks (February 14, 1896, Oakland, California – February 7, 1969, Sacramento, California) was a pianist and the leader of a popular west coast dance band from the late 1920s through the 1960s, primarily in San Francisco. He made his first recording in Oakland on February 7, 1925, but it was not issued.
He formed his first band in 1924 and had key hotel jobs in Oakland and Sacramento. By the late 1920s he led a popular regional orchestra and started recording for Columbia in 1928. He garnerered favorable attention in late 1931 on the "Lucky Strike Magic Carpet" radio program. His vocalists included Art Wilson, Harriet Lee, Donald Novis, Bob Crosby, Carl Ravazza, Kay St. Germaine, and Bob Gage. In 1932, he signed with Brunswick and recorded prolifically for them through 1935. During this time, his was one of Brunswick's premier bands and was nationally popular. He later did a session for Decca in 1937.
Weeks was involved in an auto accident in 1941 and was out of the band business for several years, starting up again in the late 1940s. He signed with the local Fantasy label in the early 1950s and did a series of dance albums ("Dancin' With Anson") that were quite popular regionally (and were still in the catalog through the 1970s).
His songs include "I'm Writing You This Little Melody" (theme song), "I'm Sorry Dear", "Senorita", "That Same Old Dream", and "We'll Get A Bang Out Of Life".
Birth and Death Data: Born February 14th, 1896 (Oakland), Died February 7th, 1969 (Sacramento)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1937
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, piano, songwriter, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-35767||10-in.||7/14/1926||New moon||Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-42132||10-in.||3/28/1928||I'm writing you this little melody||Robert Olsen||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-68314||10-in.||10/13/1931||I'm sorry dear||Lofner-Harris St. Francis Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||LBVE-70635||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||12/1/1931||Popular selections||Mildred Bailey ; Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Romancers||Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal solos and male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BSHQ-73147||10-in.||8/2/1932||Linger longer (In my arms)||Graham Prince Palais D'Or Orchestra||Jazz/dance band (take 3); with male vocal ensemble (take 1); with male vocal solo (take 2)||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1925-02-07-03]||10-in.||2/7/1925||New moon||Anson Weeks Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||leader, composer|
|Columbia||W142763||10-in.||9/27/1926||New moon||Douglas Richardson||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W145949||10-in.||4/30/1928||I'm writing you (This little melody)||Kreider and Holt (The Harmony Buddies)||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W146227||10-in.||5/3/1928||Dream house||Anson Weeks Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W146228||10-in.||5/3/1928||Wob-a-ly walk||Anson Weeks Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W146230||10-in.||Apr.-May 1928||Precision||Anson Weeks Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W146500||10-in.||6/28/1928||I'm writing you this little melody||Walton McKinney||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W147828||10-in.||1/28/1929||Susianna||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W147829||10-in.||1/28/1929||Give your little baby lots of lovin'||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W147834||10-in.||1/29/1929||Señorita||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, composer|
|Columbia||W147835||10-in.||1/29/1929||Ploddin' along||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W148596||10-in.||6/19/1929||Now I'm in love||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W148597||10-in.||6/19/1929||Tear drops||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||leader|
|Columbia||W148730||10-in.||6/21/1929||Someday soon||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W148731||10-in.||6/22/1929||Pals forever||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W148732||10-in.||6/24/1929||Only for you||Anson Weeks Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W148733||10-in.||6/25/1929||She||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||leader, songwriter|
|Columbia||W150449||10-in.||5/21/1930||If I had a girl like you||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W150518||10-in.||5/21/1930||Ro-ro-rollin' along||Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W151854||10-in.||10/13/1931||I'm sorry, dear||Anson Weeks Orchestra ; Don Raymond||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Weeks, Anson," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102708.
Weeks, Anson. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102708.
"Weeks, Anson." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.
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