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 76-100 of 127 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 626 10-in. ca. Mar. 1919 Everybody wants a key to my cellar Fanny Watson Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh 824 10-in. ca. June 1919 McCarthy, he's a Frenchman now Fanny Watson Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-7537 10-in. Aug. 1920 Laughing vamp Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with saxophone solo composer  
OKeh 8788 10-in. 12/5/1924 Heart-broken strain Frankie Quartell's Melody Boys Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-71663 10-in. June 1923 Waitin' for the evenin' mail Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71944 10-in. Oct. 1923 Nobody else can love me like my old tomato can Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
OKeh S-72694 10-in. July 1924 Ray and his little Chevrolet The Happiness Boys Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh 73847 10-in. Dec. 1925 Dream pal Bruce Wallace Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist, composer  
OKeh W80427 10-in. 2/15/1927 Hoosier sweetheart (Say who) Harry Raderman's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
OKeh W401676 10-in. 2/28/1929 Dream train Smith Ballew ; The New York Syncopators [Goofus Five] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5164-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1917 Goodbye Broadway, hello France Harry McClaskey Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5212-b] 10-in. approximately Mar. 1918 Each stitch is a thought of you, dear Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 10674-10677 10-in. 5/16/1923 Waitin’ for the evenin’ mail Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Brunswick 13450-13453 10-in. 6/30/1924 Ray and his little Chevrolet Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
Brunswick C2603 10-in. 11/28/1928 Dream train Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick C3656 10-in. 6/19/1929 Someone’s falling in love Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal songwriter  
Brunswick C3710 10-in. 6/24/1929 Someone’s falling in love Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal songwriter  
Brunswick C3752 10-in. 6/28/1929 Someone’s falling in love Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C3901 10-in. 7/19/1929 Someone’s falling in love Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal songwriter  
Brunswick C4690 10-in. 10/22/1929 Heart strings Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C4704 10-in. 11/5/1929 Heart strings Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C193-C194 10-in. 4/21/1926 Talking to the moon Lee Sims Piano solo composer  
Brunswick C316-C317 10-in. 5/7/1926 Talking to the moon Lee Sims Piano solo composer  
Brunswick C348-C350 10-in. 5/28/1926 Talking to the moon Lee Sims Piano solo composer  
Brunswick C707-C708 10-in. 2/24/1927 Hoosier sweetheart Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 76-100 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.

"Baskette, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 May 2021.

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