Ford T. Dabney
Ford Thompson Dabney (March 15, 1883, Washington, DC - June 21, 1958, New York City) was an American composer, songwriter, bandleader, music businessman, and vaudevillian, best known as the composer of the song "Shine".
Dabney's uncle was journalist and activist Wendell Dabney. Ford Dabney owned a theater in Washington, DC in the early years of the twentieth century, and wrote and published several songs, including "Haitian Rag", "That Minor Strain", and "Shine" early in his career. He began working with James Reese Europe at the Clef Club in the 1910s, and together collaborated with Florenz Ziegfeld on his shows in New York City (including at the New Amsterdam Theater from 1913 to 1921). Europe and Dabney's collaborations included eight pieces to accompany the dancing of Vernon and Irene Castle. After Europe's murder in 1919, Dabney continued on with his own ensembles, including Dabney's Band and Ford Dabney's Syncopated Orchestra, the latter of which recorded for Belvedere Records and Puritan Records. However, these endeavors were less successful, and in 1921 he lost his theater position on Broadway. He continued working in New York and composing for several decades; among his later credits were the films Social Register (1934) and Stormy Weather (1943).
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1883 (Washington, D.C.), Died January 1st, 1958 (Manhattan)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, songwriter, arranger, vocalist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 32 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-10713||10-in.||7/12/1911||You can lead a mule to water, but you can't make him drink||Ed Morton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12301||10-in.||8/8/1912||Porto Rico||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||B-14434||10-in.||2/10/1914||Castle walk||Europe's Society Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-16599||10-in.||10/5/1915||The Georgia grind||Signor "Grinderino"||"Street" (barrel) piano||composer|
|Victor||B-25672||10-in.||10/26/1921||Sweet cookie||Ford T. Dabney ; Ford Dabney's Syncopated Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||B-25673||10-in.||10/26/1921||Dapper Dan||Ford T. Dabney ; Ford Dabney's Syncopated Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||B-29953||10-in.||4/30/1924||Shine||Ross Gorman ; Virginians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49781||10-in.||3/13/1929||Shine||Boyd Senter ; Senterpedes||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-75980||10-in.||7/29/1933||Shine||King's Jesters||Vocal and instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-80632||10-in.||6/18/1934||Shine||Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-98121||10-in.||11/15/1935||S-H-I-N-E||Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBS-09646||10-in.||8/16/1937||Piano stomp (Shine)||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-071766||10-in.||2/4/1942||Shine||Henry Levine ; Strictly from Dixie Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1914-12-18-06]||Not documented||12/18/1914||The last waltz||Ford T. Dabney ; Dabney's Orchestra||Orchestra||leader|
|Victor||[Trial 1914-12-18-07]||Not documented||12/18/1914||Fox trot||Ford T. Dabney ; Dabney's Orchestra||Orchestra||leader|
|Victor||[Trial 1916-12-08-03]||Not documented||12/8/1916||Are you from Dixie||Ford T. Dabney||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble||vocalist|
|Columbia||81699||10-in.||4/18/1924||Shine||California Ramblers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81791||10-in.||5/23/1924||Shine||Van and Schenck||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||36930||12-in.||ca. 1914||The Castle walk||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||36935||12-in.||ca. 1914||Castle's half and half||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||37009||12-in.||7/24/1914||Castle valse classique||Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson||Band||arranger|
|Columbia||37297||12-in.||5/21/1915||Georgia grind||Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||49236||12-in.||6/9/1917||Castle valse classique||Earl Fuller ; Rector Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||arranger|
|Columbia||W148577||10-in.||6/5/1929||Shine||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W149568||10-in.||12/6/1929||Shine||Dallas String Band ; Coley Jones||String band, with male vocal duet||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dabney, Ford T.," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108631.
Dabney, Ford T.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108631.
"Dabney, Ford T.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.
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