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 51-75 of 82 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W147734||10-in.||12/28/1928||Live and love||California Ramblers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W147897||10-in.||1/29/1929||Love's first kiss||Milton Watson||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
|OKeh||W401151||10-in.||9/26/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Richard Jordon||Pipe organ solo, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W401229||10-in.||10/16/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W401387||10-in.||11/21/1928||Cross roads||Dorsey Brothers Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||10602-10604||10-in.||5/10/1923||Capitol march||Capitol Grand Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||12073-12075||10-in.||12/10/1923||If love were all||Old Colony Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||12704-12706||10-in.||3/20/1924||If love were all||Old Colony Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||DAL732||10-in.||10/26/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Danny David||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||composer|
|Brunswick||Test C-37||10-in.||9/27/1924||Capitol march||Capitol Grand Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||TMC2577||10-in.||11/16/1928||I loved you then as I loved you now||Bobby Meeker Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E28170||10-in.||9/6/1928||Flower of love||Colonial Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E28463||10-in.||10/9/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Glen Wick||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E28607||10-in.||11/2/1928||Cross roads||Glen Wick||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E28620||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1928||Flower of love||Meyer Davis’ Swanee Syncopators||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E28692||10-in.||11/23/1928||Live and love||Jack Parker||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E28896||10-in.||12/17/1928||Love dreams||Jack Denny Orchestra ; Eddy Thomas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E25232-E25234||10-in.||11/17/1927||Fair co-ed||Six Jumping Jacks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio; without vocal (take E25234)||composer|
|Edison||8589||10-in.||9/14/1922||Love's symphony||Harry Raderman's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||8861||10-in.||2/27/1923||If love were all||Charles Hart||Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||9241||10-in.||11/8/1923||If love were all||Gregor Skolnik Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18087||10-in.||12/8/1927||Flaming Ruth||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18877||10-in.||11/19/1928||Love dreams||Frank Munn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18908||10-in.||11/28/1928||I loved you then (As I love you now)||Golden Gate Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Edison||18921||10-in.||12/5/1928||Cross roads||Theo Alban ; Oreste Queensland Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
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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