Sid Silvers (January 16, 1901 in Brooklyn, New York – August 20, 1976 in Brooklyn) was an American actor, comedian, lyricist, and writer.
Silvers began his career in vaudeville in the early 1920s as a comedy partner of Phil Baker. As part of their act, Silvers would heckle Baker from the audience. The Baker/Silvers act was later used as the basis for the 1951 Martin and Lewis film The Stooge. The duo continued to perform together up through 1928.
In 1925 Silvers made his Broadway debut in the review Artists and Models. He also appeared in the review A Night in Spain in 1927 and contributed lyrics to the musicals The Song Writer (1928) and Pleasure Bound (1929). He wrote the book for the 1931 musical You Said It. He returned to the Broadway stage in 1932 to portray Louie Webb in the musical Take a Chance. He later wrote the music and lyrics to the review New Faces of 1936.
Silvers made his film debut in the 1929 feature The Show of Shows and then went on to play supporting roles in such films as Dancing Sweeties (1930), Bottoms Up (1934), Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934), Born to Dance (1936), and Broadway Melody of 1936, notably also serving as a scriptwriter on the latter two films. He often contributed special comedy material to some of the larger MGM productions, including The Wizard of Oz in 1939.
In the 1940s Silvers was mainly active as a performer on the stage and on radio. He made one final film appearance in 1946, playing a featured comic role in Mr. Ace. In the 1960s he was a writer for The Mickey Rooney Show.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 16th, 1901 (Brooklyn), Died August 20th, 1976 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, tenor vocal, speaker, composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 41 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-32128||10-in.||4/4/1925||Look at those eyes||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-34638||10-in.||2/19/1926||Pretty little baby||Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with piano (self-accompaniment)||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-34641||10-in.||2/23/1926||Pretty little baby||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-38805||10-in.||5/13/1927||Love and kisses (From baby to you)||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-39117||10-in.||8/25/1927||At the theatre||Phil Baker ; Sid Silvers||Comic dialogue, with accordion (takes 3 and 4); with piano (takes 1 and 2)||speaker|
|Victor||BVE-39118||10-in.||8/25/1927||At the theatre||Phil Baker ; Sid Silvers||Comic dialogue, with accordion (takes 3 and 4); with piano (take 1)||speaker|
|Victor||BVE-41107||10-in.||11/25/1927||Did you mean it?||Virginians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-41186||10-in.||12/19/1927||Did you mean it||Grace Hayes||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-41345||10-in.||12/8/1927||Did you mean it?||Marion Harris||Female vocal solo, with violin, piano, and accordion||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-47576||10-in.||10/1/1928||You're gone||Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-58682||10-in.||2/27/1930||Without your love||Phil Baker||Accordion solo, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-68893||10-in.||4/13/1931||Let's get friendly||Andy Sanella All Star Orchestra ; Chick Bullock||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-69682||10-in.||6/3/1931||After tonight||Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Elmer Feldkamp||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-70172||10-in.||8/18/1931||Alone in a corner||Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Elmer Feldkamp||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-023273||10-in.||5/24/1938||The moon looks down and laughs||Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Billy Leach||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-024463||10-in.||8/5/1938||That night in Avalon||Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra ; Jimmy Ray||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo (Hawaiian)||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1928-04-12-01]||10-in.||4/12/1928||Always||Sid Silvers||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Victor||[Trial 1928-04-12-02]||10-in.||4/12/1928||Golden Gate||Sid Silvers||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||W141390||10-in.||12/14/1925||Pretty little baby||Ed Smalle||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144332||10-in.||6/15/1927||Love and kisses||Paul Ash Orchestra ; Paul Small ; Milton Watson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Columbia||W144770||10-in.||10/27/1927||Did you mean it?||Frank Harris ; Hollywood Orchestra ; Vincent Rose ; Jackie Taylor||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144846||10-in.||10/10/1927||Did you mean it?||Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet||songwriter|
|Columbia||144890||10-in.||10/21/1927||Did you mean it?||Astorites||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W145603||10-in.||2/3/1928||Did you mean it?||Marsh McCurdy||Pipe organ solo, with vibraphone and xylophone||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151585||10-in.||6/3/1931||Let's get friendly||Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Silvers, Sid," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105940.
Silvers, Sid. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105940.
"Silvers, Sid." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.
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