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 14, 1914, Died February 9, 1998 (San Diego)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 53 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-034690 10-in. 5/22/1939 Stand by for further announcements Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-034691 10-in. 5/22/1939 I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-034692 10-in. 5/22/1939 Buffoon Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041151 10-in. 8/1/1939 Are you having any fun? Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-041152 10-in. 8/1/1939 Goodnight my beautiful Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ; Jerry Stewart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041153 10-in. 8/1/1939 South of the border (Down Mexico way) Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041154 10-in. 8/1/1939 It's all over town (We're thru) Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ; Jerry Stewart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041761 10-in. 10/13/1939 Happy birthday to love Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041762 10-in. 10/13/1939 The answer is love Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041763 10-in. 10/13/1939 I'll wait Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ; Jerry Stewart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041764 10-in. 10/13/1939 Secret Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041765 10-in. 10/13/1939 Mene mene tekel Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041915 10-in. 8/24/1939 I surrender, dear Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-041916 10-in. 8/24/1939 Boy Scout in Switzerland Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041917 10-in. 8/24/1939 If I knew then (What I know now) Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ; Jerry Stewart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-041918 10-in. 8/24/1939 Sleepy moon Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-046195 10-in. 1/10/1940 Would'st could I but kiss thy hand, oh babe Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-046196 10-in. 1/10/1940 The hot gavotte (rum-tum-tiddle-iddle-um-dee-ay) Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-046197 10-in. 1/10/1940 Burn, firewood, burn Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-046198 10-in. 1/10/1940 If I could be the dummy on your knee Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-048492 10-in. 4/1/1940 Cecilia Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048493 10-in. 4/1/1940 Day dreams come true at night Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048494 10-in. 4/1/1940 A vous tout de vey, a vous? Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-049837 10-in. 6/3/1940 Cottonwood corners Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor PBS-049838 10-in. 6/3/1940 Who's Yehudi? Dorothy Allen ; Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal trio vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 26-50 of 53 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Derwin, Hal," accessed November 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104521.

Derwin, Hal. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104521.

"Derwin, Hal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 November 2022.

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