Shelton Brooks

Shelton Brooks (May 4, 1886 – September 6, 1975) was a Canadian-born African American composer of popular music and jazz. He was known for his ragtime and vaudeville style, and wrote some of the biggest hits of the first third of the 20th century; including "Some of These Days" and "At the Darktown Strutters' Ball".

Birth and Death Data: Born May 4, 1886 (Amherstburg), Died September 6, 1975 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, speaker, baritone vocal, author, songwriter, piano

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 157 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-9740 10-in. 12/27/1910 Some of these days American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-12771 10-in. 1/6/1913 All night long Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-15461 10-in. 12/4/1914 Ruff Johnson's harmony band William J. Halley Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor C-17551 12-in. 4/28/1916 Walkin' the dog Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-17898 10-in. 6/20/1916 Walkin' the dog Six Brown Brothers Saxophone sextet composer  
Victor B-19144 10-in. 1/30/1917 Ruff Johnson's harmony band Gene Greene Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-19847 10-in. 5/9/1917 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Six Brown Brothers Saxophone sextet composer  
Victor B-20706 10-in. 9/26/1917 Somid in seid Anna Hoffman Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24028 10-in. 5/4/1920 Jean Edwin J. McEnelly Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-24085 10-in. 6/15/1920 So long Oo-long (How long you gonna be gone?) Van Eps Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor B-28235 10-in. 6/29/1923 If anybody here wants a real kind mamma (Here's your opportunity) Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools ; Ethel Ridley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-31172 10-in. 11/13/1924 Some of these days Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
Victor BVE-55602 10-in. 7/10/1929 Some of these days Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-56550 10-in. 11/20/1929 You ain't talking to me Jack and Johnnie Powell Male vocal duet, with Hawaiian guitar and mandolin composer  
Victor BVE-57254 10-in. 12/12/1929 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-59597 10-in. 4/17/1930 Baile de negros Marimba Centro-Americana Marimba band composer  
Victor BVE-62397 10-in. 8/26/1930 San (Fox trot) Billy Chase Saxophone, clarinet, and trumpet solos composer  
Victor BVE-64851 10-in. 1/14/1931 Some of these days Dave Nelson and the King’s Men Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BAVE-66677 10-in. spring 1932 Uno de estos días Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor ABRC-69919 10-in. 6/10/1931 Some of these days Snooks Friedman ; Memphis Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor BRC-70980 10-in. 12/17/1931 Some of these days Gilmore Sisters Piano duet composer  
Victor BRC-71282 10-in. 1/27/1932 Some of these days Rollin Smith's Melodians Male vocal ensemble, with guitar and piano lyricist, composer  
Victor BRC-72213 10-in. 3/29/1932 Darktown Strutters' Ball The Four New Yorkers Male vocal quartet, with harp composer, lyricist  
Victor BSHQ-73122 10-in. 7/26/1932 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quintet composer  
Victor BS-75437 10-in. 4/25/1933 Darktown Strutters' Ball The Old Apple Trio Vocal trio, with guitar composer, lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 157 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brooks, Shelton," accessed July 13, 2024,

Brooks, Shelton. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 13, 2024, from

"Brooks, Shelton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 July 2024.

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