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 51-75 of 127 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||49298||12-in.||1/5/1918||War song medley one-step||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||49548||12-in.||10/29/1918||Oui, oui, Marie (Wee wee Marie)||Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Columbia||W141254||10-in.||11/9/1925||Dream pal||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||W141644||10-in.||2/8/1926||Talking to the moon||Ford and Glenn||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W141669||10-in.||2/11/1926||Talking to the moon||Art Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (takes 1 and 2); jazz/dance band (takes 3 and 4)||composer|
|Columbia||141967||10-in.||4/14/1926||Talkin' to the moon||Bar Harbor Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W142413||10-in.||7/9/1926||The journey's end||Paul Ash ; Milton Watson||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||143485||10-in.||2/16/1927||Hoosier sweetheart||Rube Bloom ; Jane Gray||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W143496||10-in.||2/18/1927||I could waltz on forever with you, sweetheart||The Cavaliers ; Billy Jones||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W143498||10-in.||2/19/1927||Hoosier sweetheart (Say who)||Columbians ; Charles Kaley||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W143550||10-in.||2/28/1927||Hoosier sweetheart (Say who)||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||143611||10-in.||3/9/1927||Hoosier sweetheart (Say who)||Arthur Fields ; Manhattan Dance Makers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W144088||10-in.||5/4/1927||I could waltz on forever with you sweetheart||Art Gillham||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W144700||10-in.||9/23/1927||Night-time in Picardy||Garden Dancing Palace Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W147411||10-in.||12/12/1928||Dream train||Ford and Glenn||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||147940||10-in.||2/7/1929||Dream train||Carolina Club Orchestra [Hal Kemp Orchestra] ; Arthur Fields||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||148876||10-in.||8/14/1929||That's when I learned to love you||Lester Cortes ; Jerome Conrad Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W148911||10-in.||8/21/1929||That's when I learned to love you||Will Osborne and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150208||10-in.||4/14/1930||Waitin' for the evening mail||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||[W]150933||10-in.||11/5/1930||Eyes of blue||Jack Albin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152254||10-in.||8/11/1932||Same old moon (Same old sky)||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152255||10-in.||8/11/1932||Strange interlude||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Dubbed recording : Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152557||10-in.||11/14/1933||The perfect dream||Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Santos||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152569||10-in.||12/1/1933||I'm weaving rainbows (For those in love)||George Olsen and his Music ; Joe Morrison||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||339||10-in.||ca. Sept. 1918||I'm goin' to fight my way right back to Carolina||Kaufman Brothers||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
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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