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 101-125 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W401845 10-in. 5/1/1929 Honey Smith Ballew Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh W403847 10-in. 3/11/1930 (The one I love) Just can't be bothered with me Annette Hanshaw Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W404380 10-in. 8/20/1930 A big bouquet for you Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
OKeh W404427 10-in. 8/20/1930 A big bouquet for you Earl Marlow's Orchestra [Ed Kirkeby Orchestra] Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W405125 10-in. 1/19/1932 All of me Skeeter Skoot Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano songwriter  
Brunswick 3948 10-in. approximately July 1920 Just like a Gipsy Ernest Hare Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick 7705 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Remember the rose Dorothy Jardon Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E27381 10-in. 4/20/1928 Lovable Skinnay Ennis ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) songwriter  
Brunswick E29077 10-in. 1/18/1929 Honey Clevelanders ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E29138 10-in. 1/21/1929 Honey Chester Gaylord Male vocal solo, with steel guitar and piano lyricist  
Brunswick E31026 10-in. 10/14/1929 Nenita Pilar Arcos ; Los Castilians Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick E32019 10-in. Feb. 1930 The one I love (Just can’t be bothered with me) Belle Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E32774 10-in. 5/14/1930 Wasn’t it nice? Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E32809 10-in. May 1930 Wasn’t it nice? Tom Clines and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E34903 10-in. 10/20/1930 Only a midnight adventure Delivery Boys Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Brunswick E34955 10-in. Oct. 1930 Sweetheart of my student days Belle Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E35904 10-in. 1/8/1931 Tie a little string around your finger (So you’ll remember me) Dick Robertson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E36034 10-in. 2/6/1931 Tie a little string around your finger (So you’ll remember me) Seger Ellis Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E3338-E3340 10-in. 6/30/1926 Breezin’ along with the breeze Blue Ribbon Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Brunswick E3664-E3665 10-in. 9/2/1926 Breezin’ along with the breeze The Ambassadors [Brunswick Records] ; Louis Katzman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Brunswick E3763-E3764 10-in. 9/13/1926 Breezin’ along with the breeze The Ambassadors [Brunswick Records] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Brunswick E5046-E5048 10-in. 5/12/1927 Rosy cheeks Harry Richman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E22144-E22146 10-in. 3/29/1927 Rosy cheeks Nick Lucas Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist  
Brunswick E22308-E22311 10-in. 4/8/1927 Rosy cheeks Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E22311) lyricist  
Brunswick E24575-E24577 10-in. 9/28/1927 Who’s that knockin‘ at my door? Libby Holman Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet composer  
(Results 101-125 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.

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