Seymour Simons (January 14, 1896 – February 12, 1949) was an American pianist, composer, orchestra leader, and radio producer. Simons was originally trained in engineering and went to work as a research engineer at a Detroit motor plant, but the First World War intervened and he spent it in aeronautical research
Simons returned to Detroit after service in World War I and built a reputation as a pianist and songwriter, providing material for stage stars Nora Bayes and Elsie Janis. In 1919, he wrote "Just Like a Gypsy" with Bayes, who, in addition to being a popular entertainer, was already a songwriter best known for "Shine on Harvest Moon", written with her performer/husband Jack Norworth in 1910. "Just Like a Gypsy" was recorded in 1941 by Maxine Sullivan and in 1946 by Peggy Lee.
A collaboration in 1926 with Richard A. Whiting produced “Hello, Baby,” recorded by Ruth Etting, and the popular “Breezin’ Along With the Breeze”, in conjunction with Haven Gillespie, which was first recorded by Josephine Baker, used in the film Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), and sung by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in their 1954 film, The Long, Long Trailer. The trio also collaborated on "(I'm In Love With You) Honey" which was performed in the 1945 film Her Highness and the Bellboy. With Gus Kahn, Simons wrote “Just Can’t Be Bothered with Me” (1929) and “Sweetheart of My Student Days” (1930).
Simons worked in radio production and booking from 1928 to 1932 and led an orchestra on the radio in the early ‘30s. In 1931, he collaborated with Gerald Marks on his biggest hit, “All of Me” which has maintained its popularity over the years, winning the “Towering Song” award given by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 14th, 1896
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, lyricist, vocalist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 126 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-24321||10-in.||7/14/1920||Just like a Gypsy||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||C-24391||12-in.||8/9/1920||Avalon||Ambassador Orchestra ; Paul Whiteman||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||B-25524||10-in.||8/18/1921||Remember the rose||Elliott Shaw||Male vocal solo, with violin, xylophone, and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-26230||10-in.||3/2/1922||You can have ev'ry light on Broadway (Give me that one little light at home)||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-26385||10-in.||5/26/1922||Night||Clyde Doerr Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-27032||10-in.||10/17/1922||Remember the rose||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-28757||10-in.||10/22/1923||Salt your sugar||Joe Raymond Orchestra ; Joe Raymond||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29543||10-in.||2/25/1924||Ain't you ashamed!||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29826||10-in.||4/2/1924||Lonely little wallflow'r||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||B-31208||10-in.||11/24/1924||Remember||Jean Goldkette Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-35727||10-in.||6/29/1926||Hello, baby||Phil Spitalny Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35940||10-in.||7/26/1926||Breezin' along (With the breeze)||Seattle Harmony Kings||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36046||10-in.||8/16/1926||Breezin' along (With the breeze)||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38703||10-in.||4/28/1927||Rosy cheeks||Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-40186||10-in.||10/18/1927||Who's that knockin' at my door||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||CVE-40446||12-in.||11/7/1927||Just like a Gypsy||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-43145||10-in.||3/15/1928||Lovable||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-49930||10-in.||2/7/1929||Honey||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-53516||10-in.||5/27/1929||Honey||Dagmar Nordstrom||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-53525||10-in.||5/29/1929||Honey||Mildred Hunt||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-58558||10-in.||2/6/1930||The one I love just can't be bothered with me||Burt Lorin ; Phil Spitalny Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-59624||10-in.||3/11/1930||The one I love just can't be bothered with me||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-62361||10-in.||7/21/1930||A big bouquet for you||Johnny Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band (takes 4-6); Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (takes 1-3)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-63109||10-in.||7/3/1930||Chinnin' and chattin' with May||George Bias ; Mileage Makers ; Bubber Miley||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-63327||10-in.||8/6/1930||Wasn't it nice?||Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Simons, Seymour," accessed August 8, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.
Simons, Seymour. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.
"Simons, Seymour." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 8 August 2020.
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