Shelton Brooks

Shelton Brooks (May 4, 1886 – September 6, 1975) was a Canadian-born African American composer of popular music and jazz. He wrote some of the biggest hits of the first third of the 20th century.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1939

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

Recordings

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 Shelton Brooks ; 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 composer, lyricist  
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  
Victor BS-75441 10-in. 4/25/1933 Darktown Strutters' Ball The Old Apple Trio Vocal trio, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-75728 10-in. 4/6/1933 Easy rider Peggy English Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-75729 10-in. 4/6/1933 Easy rider Harlem Hannah and her Hot Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-75977 10-in. 7/29/1933 Some of these days King's Jesters Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-85828 10-in. 4/12/1935 All night long Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-92593 10-in. 7/10/1935 Darktown Strutters' Ball Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-95156 10-in. 10/2/1935 Algún día Marimba Pan-Americana Marimba band composer  
Victor BS-07413 10-in. 3/1/1937 Some of these days Vernon Geyer Organ solo composer  
Victor BS-013813 10-in. 9/15/1937 Darktown Strutters' Ball Shelton Brooks ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-027962 10-in. 10/20/1938 Easy rider (I wonder where my easy rider's gone) Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-030339 10-in. 12/1/1938 Walkin' the dog Bunny Berigan and his Men Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BAVE-039126 10-in. between 5/10/1939 and 7/12/1939 Alguno de estos días Alabama Jazz ; Eddie Kay Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-043350 10-in. 11/3/1939 Darktown Strutters' Ball Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-Test-1342 10-in. 3/24/1934 Cupie The Argentine Trio ; Jose Ramirez Male vocal solo, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor [Trial 1916-12-15-06] Not documented 12/15/1916 Rufe Johnson's harmony band Gene Greene Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Columbia 4271 10-in. ca. 1909 You ain't talking to me Eddie Morton Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 19327 10-in. 5/1/1911 Some of these days Elise Stevenson Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 19393 10-in. 5/29/1911 Some of these days Columbia Quartette ; Elise Stevenson Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 38476 10-in. 12/4/1912 All night long Ada Jones Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 39698 10-in. 12/16/1914 Ruff Johnson's harmony band Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 77086 10-in. 5/31/1917 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 77595 10-in. 12/21/1917 Darktown Strutters' Ball Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77856 10-in. 5/28/1918 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Wilbur Sweatman's Original Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 79005 10-in. 2/28/1920 Jean Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 79109 10-in. 4/8/1920 Jean Rudy Wiedoeft's Palace Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Columbia 79224 10-in. 6/3/1920 In sweet September Paul Biese Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Columbia 79550 10-in. 12/3/1920 All night long Harmonizers Quartet ; Gladys Rice Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80592 10-in. 10/10/1922 That barkin' dog (Woof, woof!) Frank Westphal Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80609 10-in. 10/13/1922 Some of these days Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80705 10-in. 12/6/1922 Some of these days Paul Biese’s Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80787 10-in. 1/12/1923 Some of these days Paul Specht Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81068 10-in. 6/9/1923 Here's your opportunity blues Perry Bradford ; Ethel Ridley Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia 140247 10-in. 1/14/1925 After all these years Ollie Powers Male vocal solo, with piano and banjo composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia 140248 10-in. 1/14/1925 A fool and a butterfly Ollie Powers Male vocal solo, with piano and banjo composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia 140268 10-in. 1/20/1925 Some of these days Art Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 48870 12-in. 7/15/1916 Walkin' the dog Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Columbia W141543 10-in. 1/22/1926 Make me a pallet on the floor Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W141544 10-in. 1/22/1926 Bring your greenbacks Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W141688 10-in. 2/17/1926 After all these years Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W141689 10-in. 2/17/1926 Throw dirt in your face Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W142955 10-in. 11/23/1926 Some of these days Ted Lewis and his Band ; Sophie Tucker Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143708 10-in. 3/23/1927 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143717 10-in. 3/28/1927 Some of these days Mack Allen Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143801 10-in. 3/29/1927 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144867 10-in. 10/14/1927 Some of these days Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer, lyricist  
Columbia W146183 10-in. 4/24/1928 Some of these days Barrel-House Pete Piano solo composer  
Columbia W150246 10-in. 4/16/1930 Darktown Strutters' Ball Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W151622 10-in. 6/22/1931 Some of these days Eddie Edinborough ; New Orleans Wild Cats Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W152144 10-in. 3/17/1932 Some of these days Log Cabin Four Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Columbia W152444 10-in. 7/26/1933 Some of these days Drake Hotel Orchestra ; Clyde McCoy Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W152659 10-in. 12/20/1933 Darktown Strutters' Ball Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W351052 10-in. 6/30/1931 Darktown Strutters' Ball Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7387 10-in. Apr. 1920 Jean Harry Raderman's Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7870 10-in. Apr. 1921 Lost your mind Shelton Brooks ; Rega Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
OKeh S-7871 Not documented Apr. 1921 [Unknown title(s)] Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh S-7874 10-in. Apr. 1921 Darktown court room Shelton Brooks and Company Comic scene speaker, author  
OKeh S-7878 10-in. Apr. 1921 Murder in the first degree Shelton Brooks ; Rega Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, baritone vocal, songwriter  
OKeh S-7980 10-in. June 1921 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Brown and Terry Jazzola Boys Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70807 Not documented Aug. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh S-70808 10-in. Aug. 1922 The chicken thieves Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker, author  
OKeh S-70813 10-in. Aug. 1922 Collecting rents Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker, author  
OKeh S-70845 10-in. Sept. 1922 Back-biting Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh S-71043 10-in. Nov. 1922 Some of these days Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71177 10-in. Jan. 1923 Not to-night Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-71269 10-in. Feb. 1923 The family quarrel Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh S-71270 10-in. Feb. 1923 The third degree Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh S-71320 10-in. Feb. 1923 When the Dixie sun goes down Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh S-71321 10-in. Feb. 1923 It takes money to cure my blues Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh S-71400 10-in. Apr. 1923 I got what it takes to bring you back Shelton Brooks ; Sara Martin Female-male vocal duet,with piano vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-71401 10-in. Apr. 1923 Original blues Shelton Brooks ; Sara Martin Female-male vocal duet,with piano composer, vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist  
OKeh S-72042 10-in. Nov. 1923 The new Darktown judge Shelton Brooks and Company Monologue speaker, author  
OKeh S-72043 10-in. Nov. 1923 Then I'll go in that lion's cage Shelton Brooks and Company Monologue speaker, author  
OKeh S-72527 10-in. May 1924 The old veterans Shelton Brooks and Company Dialogue author, speaker  
OKeh S-72528 10-in. May 1924 Buddys Shelton Brooks and Company Dialogue author, speaker  
OKeh S-72956 10-in. 11/5/1924 You got to go Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh S-72957 10-in. 11/5/1924 That's enough Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh S-72976 10-in. Nov. 1924 Pot of gold Shelton Brooks Monologue, with orchestra speaker  
OKeh S-72977 10-in. Nov. 1924 You'll be a cousin shy Shelton Brooks Monologue, with orchestra speaker  
OKeh S-73167 10-in. Feb. 1925 The barber shop four Shelton Brooks and Company Comic scene speaker  
OKeh S-73168 10-in. Feb. 1925 Work don't bother me Shelton Brooks and Company Comic scene vocalist, baritone vocal, speaker  
OKeh S-73212 10-in. Mar. 1925 The spiritualist Shelton Brooks and Company Comic scene author, speaker  
OKeh S-73215 10-in. Mar. 1925 The lodge meeting Shelton Brooks and Company Comic scene speaker  
OKeh 73824 10-in. 12/10/1925 The new professor Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh 73825 10-in. 12/10/1925 The jailbirds Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh 73830 10-in. Dec. 1925 Your jelly roll is good Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet composer, lyricist  
OKeh 73905 10-in. Jan. 1926 I don't want it all Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet composer  
OKeh 73919 10-in. Jan. 1926 I'm hard to satisfy Alberta Hunter Female vocal solo, with saxophone, cornet, and piano composer  
OKeh 74053 10-in. Mar. 1926 The fortune teller Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh 74054 10-in. Mar. 1926 Domestic troubles Shelton Brooks Monologue speaker  
OKeh 80133 10-in. 9/23/1926 In my Southern harem Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with piano composer, vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 80134 10-in. 9/23/1926 I was marching thru Georgia Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with piano composer, vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 80135 10-in. 9/23/1926 When you're really blue Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 80136 10-in. 9/23/1926 You sure am one sick man Shelton Brooks Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W80385 10-in. 2/3/1927 Some of these days Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
OKeh W80502 10-in. 3/7/1927 Darktown Strutters' Ball Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W80511 10-in. 3/9/1927 If anybody here wants a real kind mama Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet composer  
OKeh W80527 10-in. 3/14/1927 My easy rider Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80739 10-in. 4/16/1927 Smile your bluesies away Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh W81305 10-in. 9/2/1927 Some of these days Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh W81336 10-in. 9/9/1927 Some of these days Eddie Bratton Trumpet and piano duet composer  
OKeh W81438 10-in. 9/15/1927 Who's who in a barber's shop, part 1 Ham & Sam Comic dialogue speaker  
OKeh W81439 10-in. 9/15/1927 Who's who in a barber's shop, part 2 Ham & Sam Comic dialogue speaker  
OKeh W400790 10-in. 6/15/1928 Hard times Shelton Brooks Monologue, with piano speaker  
OKeh W400791 10-in. 6/15/1928 Last night Shelton Brooks Monologue, with piano speaker  
OKeh W402923 10-in. 9/10/1929 Some of these days Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh W402943 10-in. 9/10/1929 Some of these days Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
OKeh W403032 10-in. 10/5/1929 Walkin' the dog Ed Lang Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W404629 10-in. 12/9/1930 Darktown Strutters' Ball Fiddlin' John Carson ; Virginia Reelers Instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5170-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1917 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Brunswick Military Band Band composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5175-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1917 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 3792 10-in. approximately June 1920 Jean Alfred Eldridge ; Walter G. Haenschen ; Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with piano duet composer  
Brunswick 9045-9046 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 Some of these days Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick STL857 10-in. Nov. 1928 Some of these days Bill Bailey ; Allister Wylie Piano duet composer  
Brunswick C2132 10-in. 7/25/1928 Easy rider Sam McGee Male vocal solo, with banjo-guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C3805 10-in. 7/9/1929 I wonder where my easy rider’s gone? Hokum Jug Band ; Frankie Half Pint Jaxon ; Tampa Red Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick 574-3 10-in. May 1928 The Dark Town Strutters’ Ball Fred Elizalde Hot Music Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick XE29996 12-in. 6/7/1929 Some of these days Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E31122 10-in. 10/8/1929 Alguno de estos días Pilar Arcos ; Los Castilians Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E25439-E25440 10-in. 12/6/1927 Some of these days Lee Sims Piano solo, with incidental trumpet composer  
Brunswick XE27226-XE27228 12-in. 3/30/1928 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Casa Lopez Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet; without vocal (take XE27228) composer, lyricist  
Edison 3541 10-in. 1/25/1915 Ruff Johnson's Harmony Band Arthur Collins ; Byron G. Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 4763 10-in. 6/2/1916 Walkin' the dog National Promenade Band Band composer  
Edison 5957 10-in. 2/28/1918 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Jaudas' Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 5962 10-in. between 1/9/1918 and 1/10/1918 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Premier Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 18763 10-in. 9/26/1928 Some of these days Will Donaldson ; J. Donald Parker Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison N-465 10-in. 9/26/1928 Some of these days Will Donaldson ; J. Donald Parker Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Vocalion E4397-E4399 10-in. 1/19/1927 Some of these days Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  

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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brooks, Shelton," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106731.

Brooks, Shelton. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106731.

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