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Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor (born Isidore Itzkowitz; January 31, 1892 – October 10, 1964) was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter. Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie, and early television audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. Some of his hits include "Makin' Whoopee", "Ida (Sweet as Apple Cider)", "If You Knew Susie", "Ma! He's Makin' Eyes at Me", “Mandy”, "My Baby Just Cares for Me”, "Margie", and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?" He also wrote a few songs, including "Merrily We Roll Along", the Merrie Melodies Warner Bros. cartoon theme.

His eye-rolling song-and-dance routines eventually led to his nickname, "Banjo Eyes". In 1933, artist Frederick J. Garner caricatured Cantor with large round eyes resembling the drum-like pot of a banjo. Cantor's eyes became his trademark, often exaggerated in illustrations, and leading to his appearance on Broadway in the musical Banjo Eyes (1941).

His charity and humanitarian work was extensive, and he is credited with coining the phrase, and helping to develop the March of Dimes. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 31st, 1892 (Manhattan), Died Beverly Hills

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, songwriter, speaker, composer, lyricist, author

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 86 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20216 10-in. 7/12/1917 The modern maiden's prayer Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-20217 10-in. 7/12/1917 That's the kind of baby for me Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-26004 10-in. 12/29/1921 Wimmin (I've got to have 'em, that's all) Clyde Doerr Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BVE-46989 10-in. 9/6/1928 Sonny boy Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-46990 10-in. 9/6/1928 It goes like this! Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49001 10-in. 12/18/1928 Makin' whoopee! Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49002 10-in. 12/18/1928 Hungry women Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49688 10-in. 1/28/1929 Eddie Cantor's automobile horn song Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49689 10-in. 1/28/1929 I faw down an' go boom! Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51610 10-in. 4/5/1929 Hello sunshine hello Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51611 10-in. 4/5/1929 If I give up the saxophone (Will you come back to me?) Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57128 10-in. 10/29/1929 Does an elephant like peanuts? Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57129 10-in. 10/29/1929 My wife is on a diet Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57130 10-in. 10/29/1929 Eddie Cantor's tips on the stock market Eddie Cantor Comic monologue, with orchestra speaker, author  
Victor PBVE-68306 10-in. 8/23/1931 There's nothing too good for my baby Eddie Cantor ; Cocoanut Grove Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-Test-135 10-in. 9/28/1928 Sonny boy Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1917-06-21-01] Not documented 6/21/1917 That's the kind of baby for me Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1919-07-10-02] Not documented 7/10/1919 And he'd say oh-la-la! Wee-wee! Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1919-07-10-03] Not documented 7/10/1919 When they're old enough to know better Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 80094 10-in. 12/8/1921 If you knew Garber-Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia 80195 10-in. 2/16/1922 If you knew Frank Westphal Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80328 10-in. 4/28/1922 I love her—she loves me Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist  
Columbia 80336 10-in. 5/5/1922 My Yiddisha mammy Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 80342 10-in. 5/10/1922 I'm hungry for beautiful girls Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 80439 10-in. 7/5/1922 Oh! Is she dumb Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 86 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cantor, Eddie," accessed August 14, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104160.

Cantor, Eddie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 14, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104160.

"Cantor, Eddie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 14 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104160

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