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 126-150 of 414 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||80836||10-in.||2/5/1923||Peggy dear||Happy Six||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||81037||10-in.||5/28/1923||I cried for you||Columbians Dance Orchestra De Luxe||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81038||10-in.||5/28/1923||Love is just a flower||Columbians Dance Orchestra De Luxe||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81756||10-in.||5/4/1924||Before you go||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81807||10-in.||6/5/1924||Mandalay||Hotel Alamac Orchestra ; Paul Specht||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81896||10-in.||8/6/1924||Mandalay||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140676||10-in.||7/9/1925||Summer nights||Helen Clark ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140720||10-in.||6/25/1925||Summer nights||Lanin’s Roseland Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||141030||10-in.||9/22/1925||You told me to go||Fred Rich Hotel Astor Orchestra ; Billy Jones||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W141140||10-in.||10/16/1925||You told me to go||The Knickerbockers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||141568||10-in.||1/27/1926||What can I say after I say I'm sorry?||Rube Bloom ; Jane Gray||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||141630||10-in.||2/16/1926||What can I say after I say I'm sorry?||Lou Gold Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W141662||10-in.||2/11/1926||What can I say after I say I'm sorry?||Paul Ash Orchestra ; Milton Watson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W141691||10-in.||2/12/1926||(What can I say) After I say I'm sorry||Howard Peterson||Organ solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W141787||10-in.||3/10/1926||What can I say after I say I'm sorry?||Frank Harris||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142202||10-in.||5/14/1926||Tenderly||Gangplank Orchestra ; Earl Gresh||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142376||10-in.||7/8/1926||Tenderly||Art Gillham||Male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142404||10-in.||7/8/1926||Mary Lou||Ford and Glenn||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||142550||10-in.||8/20/1926||Mary Lou||Broadway Bellhops ; Bob Thomas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W142603||10-in.||9/11/1926||Mary Lou||Ipana Troubadours ; Charles Kaley ; Sam Lanin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||142687||10-in.||9/24/1926||Mary Lou||Honey Duke and his Uke||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142989||10-in.||12/4/1926||Pal of my lonesome hours||Ford and Glenn||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W143242||10-in.||1/6/1927||Mary Lou||Harold L. Rieder||Organ solo||composer|
|Columbia||143694||10-in.||3/21/1927||Don't somebody want somebody to love?||Broadway Bellhops ; Irving Kaufman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144348||10-in.||6/18/1927||Daisy Belle||Charles Kaley Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lyman, Abe," accessed February 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104409.
Lyman, Abe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104409.
"Lyman, Abe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 February 2023.
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