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 51-75 of 414 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-037636 10-in. 6/13/1939 The shoemaker's holiday Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-037637 10-in. 6/13/1939 Well all right (Tonight's the night) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-037638 10-in. 6/13/1939 Danger! Men blasting Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040497 10-in. 10/11/1939 To you sweetheart, aloha Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040498 10-in. 10/11/1939 Honestly Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040499 10-in. 10/11/1939 All in favor say "aye" Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040691 10-in. 8/29/1939 Stop kicking my heart around Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040692 10-in. 8/29/1939 The monkeys have no tails in Pago Pago Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040693 10-in. 8/29/1939 Honest John Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040694 10-in. 8/29/1939 Good morning Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040950 10-in. 10/11/1939 Little Red Riding Hood Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040951 10-in. 10/11/1939 Dancing with a broken heart Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-040952 10-in. 10/11/1939 Sweet little you Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-044308 10-in. 12/4/1939 Ho! Punchinello Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-044309 10-in. 12/4/1939 At the Balalaika Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-044310 10-in. 12/4/1939 Princess Poo-poo-ly has plenty of pa-fa-ya (And she loves to give it away) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-044311 10-in. 12/4/1939 The debutante waltz Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-044312 10-in. 12/4/1939 Yodelin' jive Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-044313 10-in. 12/4/1939 That naughty waltz Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-044679 10-in. 2/1/1940 What can I say after I say I'm sorry? The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble composer  
Victor BS-046042 10-in. 12/28/1939 I'm falling in love with someone Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-046043 10-in. 12/28/1939 Princess Poo-Poo-Ly has plenty of pa-pa-ya (And she loves to give it away) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-046044 10-in. 12/28/1939 Love song of Renaldo The Ambassadors ; Californians ; Irving Kahal ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-046045 10-in. 12/28/1939 Roses of Picardy Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-046717 10-in. 1/25/1940 After I say I'm sorry (what can I say) Shirley Howard Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
(Results 51-75 of 414 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lyman, Abe," accessed February 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104409.

Lyman, Abe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104409.

"Lyman, Abe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 February 2023.

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