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|
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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