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 26-50 of 127 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-75502||10-in.||3/13/1933||Carolina lullaby||Dixon Trio ; Dick Robertson||Male vocal solo and mixed vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-75503||10-in.||3/13/1933||Carolina lullaby||George Donaldson Trio||Mixed vocal trio and male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76652||10-in.||7/14/1933||Old Nebraska moon||Don Hall Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76653||10-in.||7/14/1933||Old Nebraska moon||George Donaldson Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-82696||10-in.||3/29/1934||Waitin' for the evenin' mail||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-196||10-in.||5/2/1926||Sandman lullaby||Nina Hinds ; Pearl Leonard||Female vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1923-05-22-01]||Not documented||5/22/1923||Lovin' Sam||Sybil Gray||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||47414||10-in.||3/13/1917||Hawaiian butterfly||Elizabeth Brice ; Charles King||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77185||10-in.||7/5/1917||Goodbye, Broadway, hello France||Arthur Fields ; Peerless Quartet||Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77214||10-in.||7/16/1917||Goodbye Broadway, hello France||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77410||10-in.||10/4/1917||War song hits||Columbia Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77435||10-in.||10/22/1917||It's a long way to Berlin||Marconi Brothers||Piano accordion trio||composer|
|Columbia||77652||10-in.||1/29/1918||Each stitch is a thought of you, dear||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78087||10-in.||9/28/1918||I'm goin' to fight my way right back to Carolina||Van and Schenck||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78220||10-in.||12/21/1918||Baby's prayer will soon be answered||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78380||10-in.||4/4/1919||Everybody wants a key to my cellar||Bert Williams||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78546||10-in.||7/3/1919||Jerry||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78616||10-in.||7/31/1919||All I want is a girl like you||Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||78799||10-in.||11/6/1919||At the high brown babies ball||Columbia Saxophone Sextette||Saxophone sextet||composer|
|Columbia||80414||10-in.||6/23/1922||A dream of Romany||Paul Specht Hotel Astor Orchestra [i.e., Paul Specht Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81072||10-in.||6/12/1923||Waitin' for the evenin' mail||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||81250||10-in.||10/1/1923||Waitin' for the evenin' mail||Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||140391||10-in.||2/25/1925||Heart-broken strain||Art Gillham||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||49170||12-in.||3/31/1917||Hawaiian butterfly||Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson||Band||composer|
|Columbia||49237||12-in.||6/20/1917||Where do we go from here?||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Baskette, Billy," accessed May 11, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106782.
Baskette, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 11, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106782.
"Baskette, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 May 2021.
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