Abe Olman

Abe Olman (December 20, 1887 – January 4, 1984), born Abraham Olshewitz, was an American songwriter and music publisher. He composed a number of successful ragtime and popular songs including "Red Onion Rag" (1912), "Down Among the Sheltering Palms" (1915), "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!" (1917), and "Down By the O-Hi-O" (1920). He was later director of ASCAP, and a founder of the Songwriters Hall of Fame which, in 1983, named the annual Abe Olman Publisher Award in his honor.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 20, 1887 (Cincinnati), Died January 4, 1984 (Rancho Mirage)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 132 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-25710 10-in. 10/1/1921 Mississippi cradle Benson Orchestra of Chicago Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-25786 10-in. 12/1/1921 Mississippi cradle Edna Brown ; Elliott Shaw Female-male vocal duet, with marimbas and orchestra composer  
Victor B-26808 10-in. 7/18/1922 Down old Virginia way Edna Brown ; Henry Burr Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27335 10-in. 12/21/1922 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Bruce Wallace Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor B-31001 10-in. 10/10/1924 Ev'rything you do Barney Rapp Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-33869 10-in. 11/13/1925 Sweet blue bird (Take my love a message) Green Brothers Marimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling composer  
Victor BVE-35335 10-in. 4/22/1926 Just a little dance George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor BVE-41579 10-in. 1/25/1928 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Maurice J. Gunsky Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-43349 10-in. 3/12/1928 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-46401 10-in. 7/12/1928 Some sweet day McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-75102 10-in. 1/27/1933 Some sweet day Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-043392 10-in. 11/18/1939 Oh Johnny, oh Johnny, oh! Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Marion Hutton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-047533 10-in. 2/5/1940 Oh, Johnny, oh Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin composer  
Victor BS-048947 10-in. 4/25/1940 Down by the O-H-I-O Smoothies Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-050525 10-in. 5/7/1940 Down by the O-hi-o (o, my, o!) Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-051051 10-in. 5/31/1940 Down by the O-hi-o (O, my, o!) Kaydets ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor BS-051594 10-in. 7/1/1940 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-051894 10-in. 7/19/1940 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-053417 10-in. 9/4/1940 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Trial 1920-01-29-05] Not documented 1/29/1920 Who wants a baby? Rudy Wiedoeft's Californians Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 45555 10-in. 4/12/1915 Down among the sheltering palms Columbia Stellar Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 45903 10-in. 7/31/1915 Sooner or later Will C. Robbins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 45964 10-in. 8/24/1915 Sooner or later James F. Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 45969 10-in. 8/25/1915 If you've got a little bit, hang on to it Will C. Robbins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46270 10-in. 12/14/1915 If you've got a little bit, hang on to it (It's hard to get a little bit more) Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 26-50 of 132 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Olman, Abe," accessed January 26, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106625.

Olman, Abe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 26, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106625.

"Olman, Abe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 26 January 2023.

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