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 76-100 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia [W]150198 10-in. 4/10/1930 Chinnin' and chattin' with May Frank Auburn and his Orchestra [Harry Reser's Orchestra] ; Tom Frawley Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W150538 10-in. 5/26/1930 Wasn't it nice? Charleston Chasers ; Eddie Walters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W150725 10-in. 8/22/1930 A big bouquet for you Charlie Lawman Male vocal solo composer  
Columbia [W]150766 10-in. 9/5/1930 A big bouquet for you Delivery Boys Male vocal ensemble, with piano composer  
Columbia W150787 10-in. 9/10/1930 A big bouquet for you Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia [W]150814 10-in. 9/17/1930 Sweetheart of my student days Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W150929 10-in. 11/3/1930 Sweetheart of my student days Campus Boys ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Columbia W151210 10-in. 1/14/1931 Tie a little string around your finger (So you'll remember me) Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Columbia W151825 10-in. 10/5/1931 Waitin' for a call from you Ted Wallace and his Campus Boys [California Ramblers] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist, composer  
Columbia W152048 10-in. 12/18/1931 All of me Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152083 10-in. 1/19/1932 All of me Howard Joyner Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano songwriter  
Columbia W351107 10-in. 10/2/1931 Waitin' for a call from you Roy Carroll and his Sands Point Orchestra [Selvin's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Columbia W351143 10-in. 12/18/1931 All of me Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W365049 10-in. 12/10/1931 All of me Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
OKeh S-7509 10-in. July 1920 Just like a gypsy Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh 8510 10-in. Jan. 1924 Ain't you ashamed! Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis ; Jack Ford Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70118 10-in. Aug. 1921 Remember the rose Black and White Melody Boys ; Ray Miller Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70755 10-in. Aug. 1922 Night Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-72307 10-in. 2/1/1924 Lonely little wallflow'r Lanin's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 74180 10-in. 6/21/1926 Breezin' along with the breeze Arkansaw Travellers ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W80696 10-in. 4/5/1927 I'm on my merry way Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh W80734 10-in. 4/15/1927 I'm on my merry way Happy Hour Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
OKeh W80735 10-in. 4/15/1927 Rosy cheeks Happy Hour Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist  
OKeh W401017 10-in. 7/12/1928 How could anything so good be bad? Arnold Frank Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W401779 10-in. 4/3/1929 Honey Carolina Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet songwriter  
(Results 76-100 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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