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 14, 1896, Died February 12, 1949
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, lyricist, vocalist
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 150 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-64324||10-in.||10/13/1930||Sweetheart of my student days||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||CRC-64691||12-in.||2/18/1931||William Freihofer Baking Company, Philadelphia. Program no. 25||Edna Kellogg ; Rondoliers Quartette ; Andrew T. Stanton||Radio transcription disc: Instrumental quintet, male vocal quartet, female vocal solo, and announcer||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-67848||10-in.||1/22/1931||Tie a little string around your finger||Doc Daugherty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BRC-71208||10-in.||12/29/1931||All of me||Russ Columbo||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-100768||10-in.||7/2/1936||Sweet misery of love||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-101251||10-in.||5/25/1936||I'm just beginning to care||Ruby Newman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-102337||10-in.||7/3/1936||Sweet misery of love||Charles Chester ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-319||10-in.||5/16/1927||Rosy cheeks||Henry Halstead Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-02143||10-in.||10/14/1936||(Who is my baby gonna love all winter) Now that summer is gone||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-03009||10-in.||11/5/1936||Now that the summer is gone||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-023225||10-in.||5/13/1938||It's the little things that count||Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-023289||10-in.||5/26/1938||It's the little things that count||Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-037125||10-in.||5/17/1939||Breezin' along with the breeze||Smoothies||Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-046090||10-in.||1/9/1940||Ain't you ashamed||Gray Gordon ; Rita Ray ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-057656||10-in.||11/19/1940||All of me||Benny Carter Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-067785||10-in.||9/11/1941||Honey||Ruth Gaylor ; Teddy Powell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-1764||10-in.||5/3/1946||All of me||Vaughn Monroe ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-3131||10-in.||11/20/1946||All of me||Page Cavanaugh Trio||Male vocal trio, with guitar, bass, and piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||79570||10-in.||12/13/1920||Why worry||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||79897||10-in.||6/17/1921||Tenement rose||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||79946||10-in.||7/18/1921||Emaline||Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80104||10-in.||12/15/1921||Remember the rose||Frank E. Banta ; Cliff Hess||Piano duet||composer|
|Columbia||80208||10-in.||2/17/1922||You can have every light on Broadway||Billy Jones||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||80397||10-in.||6/13/1922||Night||Paul Biese’s Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81467||10-in.||1/9/1924||Ain't you ashamed?||Dolly Kay||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Simons, Seymour," accessed January 26, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.
Simons, Seymour. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 26, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.
"Simons, Seymour." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 26 January 2023.
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