Katharine Faulkner "Kay" Swift (April 19, 1897 – January 28, 1993) was an American composer of popular and classical music, the first woman to score a hit musical completely. Written in 1930, Fine and Dandy includes some of her best known songs; the title song has become a jazz standard. "Can't We Be Friends?" (1929) was her biggest hit song.
Swift also arranged some of the music of George Gershwin posthumously, such as the prelude "Sleepless Night" (1946).
Birth and Death Data: Born April 19th, 1897 (New York City), Died January 28th, 1993 (Southington)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-55638||10-in.||7/31/1929||Can't we be friends?||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-64304||10-in.||10/8/1930||Fine and dandy||Frank Luther ; Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-64305||10-in.||10/8/1930||Can this be love?||Frank Luther ; Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBS-09570||10-in.||7/6/1937||Can't we be friends?||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-035346||10-in.||3/24/1939||Friends medley||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-064012||10-in.||4/3/1941||Can't we be friends?||Joe Reichman||Piano solo, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-417||10-in.||6/5/1929||Can't we be friends?||Libby Holman||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W148957||10-in.||8/30/1929||Can't we be friends?||The Diplomats||Vocal ensemble, with alto saxophone and piano-accordion||composer|
|Columbia||W149066||10-in.||9/27/1929||Can't we be friends?||Bing Crosby||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||[W]149481||10-in.||11/22/1929||Can't we be friends?||The Georgians ; Johnny Morris||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150872||10-in.||10/10/1930||Can this be love?||Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W402946||10-in.||9/11/1929||Can't we be friends?||Smith Ballew Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W404543||10-in.||11/7/1930||Can this be love?||Dorsey Brothers Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W404544||10-in.||11/7/1930||Fine and dandy||Dorsey Brothers Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E30829||10-in.||Sept. 1929||Can’t we be friends?||Libby Holman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E31350||10-in.||Oct. 1929||Brunswick brevities program Q, part 5||Colonial Club Orchestra ; Libby Holman||Radio transcription disc : Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E34406||10-in.||Sept. 1930||Can this be love?||Jacques Renard Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E30533-E30534||10-in.||9/6/1929||Can’t we be friends?||Five Pennies ; Red Nichols||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Swift, Kay," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104915.
Swift, Kay. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104915.
"Swift, Kay." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.
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