William James Baskette (October 20, 1884 – November 8, 1949) was an American pianist and composer who wrote popular songs of the Tin Pan Alley era. He also wrote one of the most successful World War I war songs, "Good Bye Broadway, Hello France".
Baskette was born in Henderson, Kentucky. His career in music began as a bassist in a circus band. He also was involved in vaudeville performances as a dancer and a pianist. Later, he became a staff composer for various music publishing firms in Chicago and New York City. He died in Culver City, California on November 8, 1949.
Baskette was a part of the Tin Pan Alley movement of music. In 1918, there was a focus on music called "goodbye songs" referring to U.S. soldiers who were deployed to France during World War I. One of Baskette's most notable works was "Goodbye Broadway, Hello France," which was a hit song of the period.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 20th, 1884, Died November 8th, 1949
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1934
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, lyricist, piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 127 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-19369||10-in.||3/14/1917||Hawaiian butterfly||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with violin, cello, and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-19611||12-in.||4/20/1917||Hawaiian butterfly||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-20317||10-in.||7/3/1917||Goodbye Broadway, hello France||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-20381||12-in.||7/10/1917||Goodbye Broadway, hello France!||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-20808||10-in.||9/29/1917||Good-bye Broadway, hello France||Pietro||Accordion solo||composer|
|Victor||B-21445||10-in.||2/12/1918||Each stitch is a thought of you, dear||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-22086||10-in.||8/12/1918||Camp songs medley, part 1||National Camps Song Leaders||Vocal chorus, with cornet and piano||composer|
|Victor||B-23203||10-in.||8/12/1919||Jerry||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||B-23484||10-in.||11/20/1919||I'll dance my way right back to Dixieland||Esther Walker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27975||10-in.||5/25/1923||Waitin' for the evenin' mail (sitting on the inside, lookin' at the outside)||Eubie Blake ; Noble Sissle||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-28220||10-in.||6/26/1923||Waitin' for the evenin' mail (sittin' on the inside, lookin' at the outside)||Tennessee Ten||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-28488||10-in.||9/18/1923||Nobody else can love me like my old tomato can||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-31158||10-in.||11/10/1924||Mean Cicero blues||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||B-31161||10-in.||11/11/1924||Heart broken strain||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34737||10-in.||3/23/1926||Talkin' to the moon||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35352||10-in.||4/28/1926||Talking to the moon||Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with piano (self-accompaniment)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35609||10-in.||5/17/1926||Talking to the moon||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37584||10-in.||1/31/1927||Hoosier sweetheart||Jean Goldkette Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37585||10-in.||2/1/1927||Hoosier sweetheart (Say who)||Smith Brothers||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38767||10-in.||5/20/1927||I could waltz on forever (With you sweetheart)||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-49025||10-in.||12/28/1928||Dream train||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-55601||10-in.||7/9/1929||That's when I learned to love you||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BSHQ-73158||10-in.||8/4/1932||Same old moon (Same old sky)||James Harkins ; Sid Peltyn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-73351||10-in.||9/1/1932||Mighty river||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-75477||10-in.||4/26/1933||Mighty river||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Baskette, Billy," accessed April 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106782.
Baskette, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106782.
"Baskette, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 April 2021.
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