Hal Derwin

Hal Derwin or Hal Derwyn (July 14, 1914 – February 9, 1998) was an American dance bandleader, principally active in the 1940s.

Early in his career, Derwin was a member of a vocal trio with Lee Gillette (later a talent scout for Capitol Records). In the 1930s he worked with musicians such as Boyd Raeburn, Louis Panico, Shep Fields, and Les Brown, and formed his own band in Chicago in 1940 that included Freddy Large (of Jan Garber's band) as a sideman. He toured the Midwest for much of the 1940s, and had several 10-inch singles released on Capitol Records after World War II, including the hit song "The Old Lamp-Lighter", which reached number six on the Billboard chart. In the early 1950s his band took up a residency at the Biltmore Bowl in Los Angeles for six years and was broadcast on NBC Radio. Derwin continued to record and perform on the side, including with Artie Shaw and in a duet with Martha Tilton. Later in his career he worked in artist and repertory for Capitol.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 14th, 1914, Died February 9th, 1998 (San Diego)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-022476 10-in. 4/20/1938 That feeling is gone Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022477 10-in. 4/20/1938 Good evenin', good lookin' Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022974 10-in. 5/2/1938 Havin' myself a time Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022975 10-in. 5/2/1938 Fare thee well, Annie Laurie Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022976 10-in. 5/2/1938 This time it's real Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-023251 10-in. 5/19/1938 Any little girl, that's a nice little girl Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-023252 10-in. 5/19/1938 Where in the world Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-023254 10-in. 5/19/1938 Don't let that moon get away Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Phyllis Kenny ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Victor BS-025300 10-in. 8/12/1938 The cowboy and the lady Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-025301 10-in. 8/12/1938 What have you got that gets me Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-025302 10-in. 8/12/1938 Teacher's pet Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal duet vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-025303 10-in. 8/12/1938 You're lovely madame Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-025304 10-in. 8/12/1938 That's a plenty Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-025305 10-in. 8/12/1938 A blues serenade Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-025306 10-in. 8/12/1938 Curly headed baby Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-025307 10-in. 8/12/1938 Short'nin' bread Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBS-026251 10-in. 11/14/1938 It serves you right Shep Fields ; Annabelle Graham ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBS-026252 10-in. 11/14/1938 I go for that Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBS-026253 10-in. 11/14/1938 Everybody's laughing Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBS-026254 10-in. 11/14/1938 Kind'a lonesome Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBS-026255 10-in. 11/14/1938 An old curiosity shop Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBS-026256 10-in. 11/14/1938 I must see Annie tonight Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ; Three Ripples Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-034687 10-in. 5/22/1939 My heart has wings Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-034688 10-in. 5/22/1939 Hot pretzels Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-034689 10-in. 5/22/1939 A home in the clouds Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Derwin, Hal," accessed May 11, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104521.

Derwin, Hal. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 11, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104521.

"Derwin, Hal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 May 2021.

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