Will H. Vodery

Will Vodery (October 8, 1885 – November 18, 1951) was an African-American composer, conductor, orchestrator, and arranger, and one of the few black Americans of his time to make a name for himself as a composer on Broadway, working largely for Florenz Ziegfeld.

He had offices at the Gaiety Theatre office building in Times Square.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 8th, 1884, Died November 18th, 1951

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-15268 12-in. 10/13/1914 Carolina fox trot Victor Military Band Band composer  
Columbia 38576 10-in. 1/21/1913 I certainly was going some Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 39205 10-in. 2/4/1914 The Darktown Poker Club Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46944 10-in. 7/22/1916 The Lee family Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 77933 10-in. 6/27/1918 Tishomingo blues Yerkes Marimbaphone Band Marimba band composer  
Columbia 78031 10-in. 8/29/1918 When I return Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37025 12-in. ca. 1914 Carolina Prince's Band Band composer  
OKeh S-70499 10-in. Feb. 1922 Jig walk Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 257W-259W 10-in. 1/23/1925 How come you do me like you do? Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Vodery, Will H.," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106664.

Vodery, Will H.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106664.

"Vodery, Will H.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106664

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