Billy Baskette

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  
(Results 26-50 of 127 records)

Citation

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.

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