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 126-150 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E31892-E31893 10-in. Jan. 1930 (The one I love) Just can’t be bothered with me Jack Denny ; Mount Royal Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick C6103 10-in. Aug. 1930 A big bouquet for you Tom Gerun Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick C6138 10-in. Sept. 1930 A big bouquet for you Tom Gerun Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick C413-C415 10-in. 6/22/1926 Breezin’ along with the breeze Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C1130-C1133 10-in. 9/6/1927 Who’s that knockin’ at my door? Jules Herbuveaux Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick LTR334 10-in. 10/3/1930 Night John Robinson Varsity Vagabonds Jazz/dance band, with vocal composer  
Brunswick LAE421 10-in. Feb. 1929 Honey Charles C. Locke Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick LAE780 10-in. 5/5/1930 Chinnin’ and chattin’ with May Jesse Stafford Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio; without vocal (take G) songwriter  
Brunswick LAE878 10-in. 9/24/1930 Sweetheart of my student days Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick LA908 10-in. 10/3/1930 Night John Robinson Varsity Vagabonds Jazz/dance band, with vocal composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 142-a] 10-in. approximately Nov. 1927 Who’s that knockin’ at my door? Alice Morley Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison 8125 10-in. 7/12/1921 Remember the rose Lewis James ; Betsy Lane Shepherd Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8373 10-in. 3/7/1922 You can have ev'ry light on Broadway (Give me that one little light at home) James Doherty Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8758 10-in. 9/19/1923 Once in a lifetime Stevens' Dance Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 9168 10-in. 9/20/1923 Salt your sugar Jazz-O-Harmonists Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 11083 10-in. 7/1/1926 Breezin' along with the breeze Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo and yodeling, with ukulele composer  
Edison 11646 10-in. 4/13/1927 Rosy cheeks Frank Braidwood ; Irwin Dash Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Edison 11685 10-in. 5/4/1927 Rosy cheeks Oreste Queensland Orchestra ; J. Donald Parker Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 11918 10-in. 9/27/1927 Who's that—knockin' at my door? Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 19175 10-in. 5/2/1929 Honey Golden Gate Orchestra [California Ramblers] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 19190 10-in. 5/14/1929 Honey Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
Edison N-868 10-in. 4/25/1929 Honey Golden Gate Orchestra [California Ramblers] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison N-894 10-in. 5/14/1929 Honey Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor (Canada) [ViC cat 263623-B] 10-in. before September 1929 Honey Léopold Delit Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2963 10-in. 4/9/1931 Emporte un peu d'amour! Pierre Chagnon ; André Randall Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 126-150 of 150 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Simons, Seymour," accessed February 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.

Simons, Seymour. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107790.

"Simons, Seymour." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 February 2023.

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