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 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  
(Results 101-125 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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