Seymour Simons

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 (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  
(Results 26-50 of 150 records)

Citation

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.

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