Theodore Leopold Friedman (June 6, 1890 – August 25, 1971), known as Ted Lewis, was an American entertainer, bandleader, singer, and musician. He fronted a band and touring stage show that presented a combination of jazz, comedy, and nostalgia that was a hit with the American public before and after World War II. He was known by the moniker "Mr. Entertainment" or Ted "Is Everybody Happy?" Lewis. Lewis died of lung failure in August 1971.
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Birth and Death Data: Born June 6, 1890 (Circleville), Died August 25, 1971 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, vocalist, clarinet, composer, lyricist, songwriter, speaker, whistling
= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 319 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-20062||10-in.||6/4/1917||Slippery Hank||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-20063||10-in.||6/4/1917||Yah-de-dah||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-20502||10-in.||8/13/1917||Jazzin' around||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-20503||10-in.||8/13/1917||A coon band contest||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-20504||10-in.||8/13/1917||The old grey mare||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-20505||10-in.||8/13/1917||Beale Street blues||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-20549||10-in.||9/10/1917||Li'l Liza Jane||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-20550||10-in.||9/10/1917||Cotton blossoms||Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Victor||B-23737||10-in.||2/13/1920||Unlucky blues||Al Bernard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27247||10-in.||12/20/1922||Bees knees||Ross Gorman ; Virginians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||C-30882||12-in.||10/3/1924||Toodles||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-31189||10-in.||11/16/1924||Show me the way||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||B-32432||10-in.||4/15/1925||While we danced till dawn||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-50857||10-in.||4/24/1929||Walkin' around in a dream||Herman Kenin Orchestra ; Ted O'Hara||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-53013||10-in.||4/15/1931||When my baby smiles at me||Band O’ Sunshine ; Sunny Clapp ; Tom Howell||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56166||10-in.||10/1/1929||I love you||Robert Olsen||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-100557||10-in.||5/23/1936||Where there's you there's me||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra ; Ted Lewis||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-100558||10-in.||5/23/1936||Do you or don't you love me||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra ; Ted Lewis||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-102768||10-in.||6/21/1936||When my baby smiles at me||Bob Pope Orchestra ; Nolan Canova||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||78623||10-in.||9/5/1919||Wond'ring||Ted Lewis Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||78624||10-in.||9/5/1919||Blues (My naughty sweetie gave me)||Ted Lewis Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||78826||10-in.||11/24/1919||"O" (Oh!)||Ted Lewis Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||78851||10-in.||12/9/1919||"O" (Oh!)||Jack Kaufman ; Ted Lewis Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||78887||10-in.||12/22/1919||When my baby smiles at me||Fred Whitehouse||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78924||10-in.||1/12/1920||Bo-la-bo||Ted Lewis Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lewis, Ted," accessed March 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106786.
Lewis, Ted. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106786.
"Lewis, Ted." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 March 2023.
DAHR Persistent Identifier
Wikipedia: Ted Lewis (musician)
Discogs: Ted Lewis
Allmusic: Ted Lewis
Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Lewis, Ted, 1892-1971 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n93016143
Wikidata: Ted Lewis (musician) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q447255
MusicBrainz: Ted Lewis - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/ae1bba72-7bf8-4d14-ad8f-17f5bcad8d57
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