Enoch Henry Light (18 August 1905, in Canton, Ohio – 31 July 1978, in Redding, Connecticut) was an American classically trained violinist, danceband leader, and recording engineer. As the leader of various dance bands that recorded as early as March 1927 and continuing through at least 1940, Light and his band primarily worked in various hotels in New York. For a time in 1928 he also led a band in Paris. In the 1930s Light also studied conducting with the French conductor Maurice Frigara in Paris.
Throughout the 1930s, Light and his outfits were steadily employed in the generally more upscale hotel restaurants and ballrooms in New York that catered to providing polite ambiance for dining and functional dance music of current popular songs rather than out-and-out jazz.
At some point his band was tagged "The Light Brigade" and they often broadcast over radio live from the Hotel Taft in New York where they had a long residency. Through 1940, Light and his band recorded for various labels including Brunswick, ARC, Vocalion and Bluebird. Later on, as A&R (Artists and Repertoire) chief and vice-president of Grand Award Records, he founded his own label, Command Records, in 1959. Light's name was prominent on many albums both as musician and producer.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 18th, 1905 (Canton), Died July 31st, 1978 (Connecticut)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: director, songwriter, vocalist, leader
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-81075||10-in.||1/18/1934||Throw another log on the fire||Jerry Baker ; Hotel Governor Clinton Orchestra ; Enoch Light||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-81076||10-in.||1/18/1934||You have taken my heart||Jerry Baker ; Hotel Governor Clinton Orchestra ; Enoch Light||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-81077||10-in.||1/18/1934||If I didn't care||Hotel Governor Clinton Orchestra ; Enoch Light||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, vocalist|
|Victor||BS-81078||10-in.||1/18/1934||Nothing but the best||Jerry Baker ; Hotel Governor Clinton Orchestra ; Enoch Light||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-81079||10-in.||1/18/1934||There was a night on the water||Hotel Governor Clinton Orchestra ; Enoch Light||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, vocalist|
|Victor||BS-81080||10-in.||1/18/1934||When to-morrow comes||Hotel Governor Clinton Orchestra ; Enoch Light||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, vocalist|
|Victor||BAVE-012905||10-in.||between 8/10/1939 and 8/18/1939||Mariettina||Feliciano Brunelli Orquesta Característica ; Oscar Valetta||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-036576||10-in.||5/1/1939||I paid for the lie I told you||Three Reasons ; Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-036981||10-in.||5/25/1939||Begone||Phyllis Kenny ; Van Alexander Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-037133||10-in.||5/19/1939||Begone!||Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-045986||10-in.||1/24/1940||You're first on Second Avenue||Enoch Light Orchestra ; Peggy Mann||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-045987||10-in.||1/24/1940||Run, rabbit, run||Enoch Light Orchestra ; Bunny O'Dare||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-045988||10-in.||1/24/1940||Tiny old town||Enoch Light Orchestra ; George Hines||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-045989||10-in.||1/24/1940||Someday you'll find your bluebird||Enoch Light Orchestra ; Peggy Mann||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||director|
|Brunswick||E21746-E21747||10-in.||3/5/1927||Mary dear (I miss you most of all)||Enoch Light's Blue Jay Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Brunswick||E21748-E21749||10-in.||3/5/1927||If you can’t tell the world she’s a good little girl (Just say nothing at all)||Enoch Light's Blue Jay Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Light, Enoch," accessed January 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106882.
Light, Enoch. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106882.
"Light, Enoch." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 January 2021.
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