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 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  
(Results 126-150 of 414 records)

Citation

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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