William Axt (April 19, 1888 – February 13, 1959) was an American composer of nearly two hundred film scores.
Born in New York City, Axt graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx and studied at the National Conservatory of Music of America. He served as an assistant conductor for the Hammerstein Grand Opera Company and was the musical director for the Capitol Theatre in Manhattan before joining the music department at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1929. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1922.
Axt retired from the film industry to raise cattle and breed horses in Laytonville, California. He died in Ukiah, California.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 19th, 1888 (New York City), Died February 13th, 1959 (Ukiah)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 82 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-49216||10-in.||11/30/1928||Live and love||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49734||10-in.||2/22/1929||La coquette||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49735||10-in.||2/22/1929||Promenade||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49736||10-in.||2/22/1929||The village cut up||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49983||10-in.||2/21/1929||You're the only one for me||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-51120||10-in.||4/4/1929||Indian orgy||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-51143||10-in.||4/9/1929||Cynical scherzando||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-51146||10-in.||4/9/1929||Agitate no. 4||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-51902||10-in.||4/23/1929||In gloomy forest||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-51985||10-in.||5/9/1929||Ambling along||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-53412||10-in.||5/15/1929||Chief of staff||Motion Picture Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W144950||10-in.||11/3/1927||Fair co-ed||Frank Farrell ; Greenwich Village Inn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||146984||10-in.||9/12/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Ernie Golden and his Orchestra ; Arthur Fields||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W147111||10-in.||10/8/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Fred Waters||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W147132||10-in.||10/17/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||James Melton||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Columbia||W147144||10-in.||10/29/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||The Cavaliers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W147166||10-in.||10/30/1928||Cross roads||Golden Gate Orchestra ; Billy Murray||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W147388||10-in.||11/5/1928||Cross roads||Clicquot Club Eskimos ; Harry Reser||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W147477||10-in.||11/21/1928||Love dreams||Louisiana Collegians ; Tommy Weir||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W147498||10-in.||11/27/1928||Love dreams||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W147499||10-in.||11/27/1928||Cross roads||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W147669||10-in.||12/27/1928||I found gold when I found you||Oscar Grogan||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
|Columbia||W147670||10-in.||12/27/1928||Live and love||Oscar Grogan||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
|Columbia||W147699||10-in.||12/5/1928||In Romany||Bar Harbor Society Orchestra ; Arthur Seelig||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Axt, William," accessed January 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107799.
Axt, William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107799.
"Axt, William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 January 2021.
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