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 (Results 76-100 of 414 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-048913 10-in. 4/17/1940 You think of everything Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-048914 10-in. 4/17/1940 (I wanna go where you go) Then I'll be happy Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-048915 10-in. 4/17/1940 Let there be love Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-048916 10-in. 4/17/1940 Her name was Rosita Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-048917 10-in. 4/17/1940 Eleanor, I adore you Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-048918 10-in. 4/17/1940 How can I ever be alone Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-053267 10-in. 8/12/1940 The world is in my arms Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-053268 10-in. 8/12/1940 Some of your sweetness (got into my heart) Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-053269 10-in. 8/12/1940 There's a great day coming mañana Rose Blane ; Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal trio director  
Victor BS-053270 10-in. 8/12/1940 Who dreamed you up? Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-053271 10-in. 8/12/1940 I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-053272 10-in. 8/12/1940 Darktown Strutters' Ball Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-053421 10-in. 9/4/1940 Help me Californians ; Dale Evans ; Lucio Garcia ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal duet director  
Victor BS-053422 10-in. 9/4/1940 My man Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with vocal director  
Victor BS-053423 10-in. 9/4/1940 She'll be comin' round the mountain Californians ; The Escorts ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director  
Victor BS-053424 10-in. 9/4/1940 Hand me down my walkin' cane Californians ; The Escorts ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director  
Victor BS-057024 10-in. 10/24/1940 Wrap your dreams in the red, white and blue Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal trio director  
Victor BS-057025 10-in. 10/24/1940 Johny Peddler (I got) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-057026 10-in. 10/24/1940 Three at a table for two Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-057027 10-in. 10/24/1940 He's my uncle Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-058100 10-in. 11/27/1940 Maria Elena Californians ; Bob Hannon ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-058101 10-in. 11/27/1940 Moon over America Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-058102 10-in. 11/27/1940 How did he look Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-058103 10-in. 11/27/1940 You're in the Army now Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-058189 10-in. 12/19/1940 The prisoner's song Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
(Results 76-100 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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