Abe Lyman

Abe Lyman (August 4, 1897 – October 23, 1957) was a popular bandleader from the 1920s to the 1940s. He made recordings, appeared in films and provided the music for numerous radio shows, including Your Hit Parade.

His name at birth was Abraham Simon. He and his brother, Mike, changed their last name to Lyman because they both thought it sounded better. Abe learned to play the drums when he was young, and at the age of 14 he had a job as a drummer in a Chicago café. Around 1919, he was regularly playing music with two other notable future big band leaders, Henry Halstead and Gus Arnheim, in California.

In Los Angeles Mike Lyman opened the Sunset, a night club popular with such film stars as Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. When Abe's nine-piece band first played at the Sunset, it was a success, but the club closed after celebrities signed contracts stating they were not to be seen at clubs.

For an engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in The Ambassador Hotel on April 1, 1922, Abe added a violinist and saxophonist. Opening night drew a large crowd of 1500 guests in the Cocoanut Grove, plus another 500 more outside.

Lyman appeared on radio as early as 1922. His orchestra was broadcast from The Ambassador Hotel by late March on KOG.

After the band cut their first record under the local label Nordskog Records, they moved a year later to Brunswick Records in summer of 1923. There they made many recordings and were one of Brunswick's leading orchestras through 1935, when Lyman signed to Decca Records. In late 1937, Lyman signed with Victor where he was assigned their Bluebird label. He recorded prolifically for them through 1942. The Lyman Orchestra toured Europe in 1929, appearing at the Kit Cat Club and the Palladium in London and at the Moulin Rouge and the Perroquet in Paris. Lyman and his orchestra were featured in a number of early talkies, including Hold Everything (1930), Paramount on Parade (1930), Good News (1930) and Madam Satan (1930). In 1931, Abe Lyman and his orchestra recorded a number of soundtracks for the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. Notable musicians in the Lyman Orchestra included Ray Lopez, Gussie Mueller, and Orlando "Slim" Martin.

During the 1930s, the Lyman Orchestra was heard regularly on such shows as Accordiana and Waltz Time every Friday evening and on NBC, Coast to Coast. Under the name "Rose Blane" Lyman's wife was vocalist with the band during this period. Lyman and his orchestra sat in for Phil Harris on the Jack Benny program in 1943 when Harris served in the Merchant Marines.

When Lyman was 50 years old, he left the music industry and went into the restaurant management business. He died in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 60.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 4, 1897 (Chicago), Died October 23, 1957 (Beverly Hills)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, director, composer, songwriter, speaker, lyricist

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 414 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PB-95 10-in. 3/1/1925 Little devil Art Hickman's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBVE-274 10-in. 4/21/1927 Pal of my lonesome hours Maurice J. Gunsky Male vocal solo, with piano, cello, and violin composer  
Victor PBVE-320 10-in. 5/16/1927 Pal of my lonesome hours Henry Halstead Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-07769 10-in. 4/12/1937 Mary Lou The Riversiders Male vocal quartet, with steel guitar and piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017785 10-in. 12/29/1937 On the sentimental side Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017786 10-in. 12/29/1937 Love is here to stay Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017787 10-in. 12/29/1937 How'dja like to love me? Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017788 10-in. 12/29/1937 I was doing all right Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017789 10-in. 12/29/1937 This is my night to dream Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017790 10-in. 12/29/1937 Two dreams get together Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017791 10-in. 12/29/1937 I fall in love with you every day Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-017792 10-in. 12/29/1937 Smoke from a chimney Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022931 10-in. 4/28/1938 As long as we're together Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022932 10-in. 4/28/1938 The grass is just as green Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022933 10-in. 4/28/1938 When the stars go to sleep Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022934 10-in. 4/28/1938 A garden in Granada Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022935 10-in. 4/28/1938 Sunday in the park Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-022936 10-in. 4/28/1938 It's the dreamer in me Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-030157 10-in. 11/23/1938 I cried for you Jayne Dover ; Van Alexander Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-030301 10-in. 11/22/1938 I cried for you Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Kathleen Lane Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-030776 10-in. 12/29/1938 I cried for you Benny Goodman Quintet Jazz/dance quintet composer  
Victor BS-035322 10-in. 3/21/1939 I cried for you Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-037633 10-in. 6/13/1939 The last trip on the old ship Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-037634 10-in. 6/13/1939 (What can I say) After I say I'm sorry? Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, songwriter  
Victor BS-037635 10-in. 6/13/1939 You don't know how much you can suffer (Until you fall in love) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
(Results 26-50 of 414 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lyman, Abe," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104409.

Lyman, Abe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104409.

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