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 51-75 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 49665 12-in. 9/26/1919 Just like a Gypsy Nora Bayes Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia W141894 10-in. 3/31/1926 Ev'rybody has someone but me Harvey Marburger Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 142302 10-in. 6/16/1926 Hello baby Arthur Fields ; Manhattan Dance Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W142355 10-in. 6/29/1926 Breezin' along with the breeze Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with ukulele songwriter  
Columbia W142356 10-in. 6/29/1926 Hello baby Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with ukulele lyricist  
Columbia 142366 10-in. 7/6/1926 Breezin' along with the breeze WMCA Broadcasters Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia 142390 10-in. 7/13/1926 Breezin' along with the breeze The Harmonizers Male vocal quartet, with piano songwriter  
Columbia W142449 10-in. 7/27/1926 Hello baby Art Kahn Orchestra ; Ruth Etting Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 143989 10-in. 4/19/1927 Rosy cheeks Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W144002 10-in. 4/7/1927 Rosy cheeks Giersdorf Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 144022 10-in. 4/12/1927 Rosy cheeks University Six ; Hal White Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W144042 10-in. 4/25/1927 Rosy cheeks Frank Harris ; The Knickerbockers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W144325 10-in. 6/13/1927 Sweet dreams Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 144609 10-in. 8/31/1927 Who's that, knocking at my door? University Six Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W144814 10-in. 9/29/1927 Who's that—knocking at my door? Kitty O'Connor Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
Columbia 146241 10-in. 5/9/1928 That brand new model of mine Happy Martin Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W148197 10-in. 4/9/1929 Honey Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W148410 10-in. 5/3/1929 Honey Oscar Grogan Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet lyricist  
Columbia [W]148435 10-in. 4/12/1929 Honey The Four Aces Male vocal quartet, with guitar and steel guitar lyricist  
Columbia 148522 10-in. 5/14/1929 Honey Jim Andrews ; Barney Trimble and his Oklahomans [Harmonians] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 149777 10-in. 1/17/1930 (The one I love) Just can't be bothered with me Barney Trimble and his Oklahomans [Lou Gold Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W149980 10-in. 2/11/1930 (The one I love) Just can't be bothered with me Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia [W]150051 10-in. 3/3/1930 The one I love (Just can't be bothered with me) Sammy Fain Male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 150120 10-in. 3/25/1930 If my friends find you they'll steal you from me Lou Gold Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W150155 10-in. 3/31/1930 Chinnin' and chattin' with May Hot Air Men Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 51-75 of 150 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Simons, Seymour," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.

Simons, Seymour. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.

"Simons, Seymour." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.

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