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 101-125 of 127 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E17867-E17869||10-in.||2/2/1926||Talking to the moon||Rendezvous Orchestra ; Charley Straight||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E18377-E18379||10-in.||3/10/1926||Talking to the moon||Rendezvous Orchestra ; Charley Straight||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E19689-E19691||10-in.||7/8/1926||Let me spend the journey’s end with you||Frank Munn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Brunswick||E19751-E19753||10-in.||7/13/1926||Let me spend the journey’s end with you||Frank Munn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E21453-E21455||10-in.||2/9/1927||The man in the moon told me so||Park Lane Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E21991-E21993||10-in.||3/17/1927||Hoosier sweetheart||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E21993)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E24266-E24269||10-in.||8/22/1927||I could waltz on forever (With you, sweetheart)||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E24269)||composer|
|Brunswick||E30414-E30415||10-in.||July 1929||That’s when I learned to love you||Meyer Davis' Hotel Astor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G).||composer|
|Edison||5440||10-in.||3/9/1917||Hawaiian butterfly||Stewart Jackson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||5508||10-in.||4/17/1917||Hawaiian butterfly||Jaudas' Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||5687||10-in.||7/17/1917||Good-bye Broadway, hello France||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||5741||10-in.||8/23/1917||The garden of Allah||Vernon Dalhart||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||5786||10-in.||9/14/1917||Good-bye Broadway, hello France medley||Jaudas' Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||5998||10-in.||2/5/1918||My flower garden girl||That Girl Quartet||Female vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||6053||10-in.||Mar. 1918||Each stitch is a thought of you, dear||Helen Clark ; Criterion Quartet||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6304||10-in.||July-Aug. 1918||I'm going to fight my way right back to Carolina||Vernon Dalhart||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||6724||10-in.||4/15/1919||Everybody wants a key to my cellar||Al Bernard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||7515||10-in.||9/7/1920||Underneath the skies of home sweet home||Herbert C. Tilley Jr.||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||8844||10-in.||2/13/1923||Hoptown Chinatown hop||Kaplan's Melodists||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||9003||10-in.||6/1/1923||Waitin' for the evenin' mail (Sittin' on the inside, lookin' at the outside)||Ernest Hare||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Edison||10986||10-in.||5/17/1926||Talking to the moon||Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||10994||10-in.||5/21/1926||Talking to the moon||The Frolickers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||11073||10-in.||6/25/1926||Let me spend the journey's end with you||Kaplan's Melodists||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||11728||10-in.||6/10/1927||Hoosier sweetheart (Say who)||Jack Kaufman ; Al Lynn ; Music Masters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Edison||19110||10-in.||3/18/1929||Dream train||Golden Gate Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||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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