Oscar Levant

Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972) was an American concert pianist, composer, music conductor, author, radio game show panellist, television talk show host, comedian and actor. He was as famous for his mordant character and witticisms, on the radio and in movies and television, as for his music.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 26, 1906 (Pittsburgh), Died August 14, 1972 (Beverly Hills)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1948

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, songwriter

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41155 10-in. 12/9/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-41407 10-in. 12/13/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-42921 10-in. 9/4/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Ted Weems Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-43389 10-in. 3/22/1928 Just a little way from home Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-49260 10-in. 12/14/1928 If you want the rainbow (you must have the rain) Fanny Brice Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-53588 10-in. 6/27/1929 My dream memory Gus Arnheim Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-53589 10-in. 6/27/1929 Lovable and sweet Gus Arnheim Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor PBVE-54549 10-in. 1/3/1930 Until love comes along Bebe Daniels Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor PBVE-54550 10-in. 1/3/1930 Night winds Bebe Daniels Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-55165 10-in. 7/29/1929 Lovable and sweet Charlie Farrell ; Jim Miller Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-55609 10-in. 7/15/1929 My dream memory Don Howard ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-55674 10-in. 9/6/1929 Gay love Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-55805 10-in. 8/26/1929 After the clouds roll by Henry Busse Orchestra ; Burt Lorin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-56153 10-in. 9/26/1929 You're responsible Johnny Johnson ; Statler Pennsylvanians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Victor BVE-56154 10-in. 9/26/1929 With you, with me Johnny Johnson ; Statler Pennsylvanians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-58120 10-in. 12/19/1929 Until love comes along Frank Munn ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-64856 10-in. 1/19/1931 Lady, play your mandolin The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with banjo, guitar, and piano (takes 1-3); with mandolin and piano (takes 4 and 5) composer  
Victor BVE-67724 10-in. 12/19/1930 Lady, play your mandolin Havana Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-75523 10-in. 3/15/1933 In my Dixie hi-dee hideaway George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-85012 10-in. 11/12/1934 Blame it on my youth Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-88783 10-in. 3/6/1935 Pardon my love Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-95653 10-in. 10/23/1935 Out of sight, out of mind Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-95656 10-in. 10/24/1935 Don't mention love to me Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-96264 10-in. 11/1/1935 Out of sight, out of mind Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Ted Travers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-96265 10-in. 11/1/1935 Don't mention love to me Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Ted Travers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-100884 10-in. 8/4/1936 Until today Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-018118 10-in. 1/7/1938 There's a strange little change in me Elmer Feldkamp ; Freddy Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-021974 10-in. 4/13/1938 You had an ev'ning to spare Blue Barron ; Charlie Fischer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-022430 10-in. 4/12/1938 You had an ev'ning to spare Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-023290 10-in. 5/26/1938 Wacky dust Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Ruth Gaylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-024455 10-in. 8/5/1938 How much do you mean to me? Johnny Messner ; Music Box Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-031532 10-in. 1/19/1939 Last night a miracle happened Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-035396 10-in. 4/3/1939 Asleep or awake Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-035560 10-in. 4/5/1939 Asleep or awake Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Judy Ellington Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-035569 10-in. 4/6/1939 A fool and his honey are soon parted Barbara Bush ; Frank Dailey ; Stop and Go Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-036509 10-in. 4/18/1939 Then came the rain Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Trial 1928-02-13-01] 10-in. 2/13/1928 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Jack Major Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W145292 10-in. 12/9/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Lee Morse and her Southern Serenaders Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W145395 10-in. 12/23/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Ruth Etting ; Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 145424 10-in. 12/17/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon The Harmonians [Selvin's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 146406 10-in. 6/6/1928 Just a little way away from home Arthur Fields ; Newport Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 146784 10-in. 7/23/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Jimmy Flynn ; Lou Gold Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W147145 10-in. 10/29/1928 If you want the rainbow Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia [W]147153 10-in. 10/19/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Gay Ellis and her Novelty Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W147442 10-in. 11/3/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano (takes 4-6); with alto saxophone, cornet, trombone, banjo, and piano (takes 1-3) composer  
Columbia 148826 10-in. 7/19/1929 Lovable and sweet Jim Andrews ; Lou Gold Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W148845 10-in. 7/24/1929 Lovable and sweet Charleston Chasers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia [W]149029 10-in. 9/20/1929 Lovable and sweet Sammy Fain Male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W149067 10-in. 9/27/1929 Gay love Bing Crosby Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W149110 10-in. 10/8/1929 You're responsible! Merle Johnston and his Ceco Couriers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W149115 10-in. 10/8/1929 With you—with me Merle Johnston and his Ceco Couriers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W149773 10-in. 1/16/1930 Until love comes along Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W151179 10-in. 12/26/1930 Lady, play your mandolin Ben Selvin and his Orchestra ; Paul Small Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
OKeh W81949 10-in. 12/20/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Paul Hagan ; Les Reis Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
OKeh W400006 10-in. 1/10/1928 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Osborne Miller Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
OKeh W400035 10-in. 1/20/1928 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio composer  
OKeh W401470 10-in. 12/20/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Clarence Williams Orchestra ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W402888 10-in. 8/29/1929 Lovable and sweet Annette Hanshaw Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
OKeh W402895 10-in. 9/3/1929 Lovable and sweet Smith Ballew ; Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
OKeh W404594 10-in. 12/30/1930 Lady, play your mandolin Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick 11934-11937 10-in. 11/21/1923 Out of sight out of mind Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E27352 10-in. 4/16/1928 Just a little way away from home Joe Rines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick E28411 10-in. 9/21/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Herbert Gordon’s Adelphia Hotel Whispering Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick E32043 10-in. Feb. 1930 Until love comes along Tom Clines and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E35950 10-in. 1/22/1931 Lady, play your mandolin Will Osborne and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick XE25382-XE25383 12-in. 12/2/1927 Rhapsody in blue Frank Black Orchestra Orchestra, with piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick XE25384-XE25385 12-in. 12/2/1927 Rhapsody in blue Frank Black Orchestra Orchestra, with piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E25513-E25514 10-in. 12/10/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Nick Lucas Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick E25643-E25645 10-in. 12/15/1927 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal take E25645 composer  
Brunswick E30613-E30614 10-in. Aug. 1929 Lovable and sweet Al Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick E30615-E30616 10-in. Aug. 1929 My dream memory Al Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick E35770-E35771 10-in. 12/20/1930 Lady play your mandolin (Senora toqe su mandolina) Crooning Troubadours ; Nick Lucas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick C1910 10-in. 4/28/1928 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Vocal trio composer  
Brunswick C1597-C1598 10-in. 1/19/1928 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Frank Sylvano ; Elmo Tanner Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 18152 10-in. 1/5/1928 Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 18924 10-in. 12/6/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Duke Yellman Orchestra ; Happy Jack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison N-617 10-in. 12/6/1928 If you want the rainbow (You must have the rain) Duke Yellman Orchestra ; Happy Jack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison N-1058 10-in. 8/5/1929 My dream memory The Frohne Sisters ; Waldo Mayo Ensemble Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal quartet composer  
Decca 104447 3/25/1948 Easter parade Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 104815 4/22/1948 Alexander's ragtime band Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 106032 3/18/1948 Margie Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 106033 4/8/1948 Whispering Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 106034 10/30/1947 Peg o' my heart Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 106038 4/15/1948 Chinatown my Chinatown Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 106039 1/22/1948 What' ll I do Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 106042 1/22/1948 Hannah in savannah Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 107879 3/25/1948 Baby face Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110494 12/25/1947 Rock-a-bye your baby with a Dixie melody Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110495 12/25/1947 I can't give you anything but love Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110496 4/8/1948 At the Candlelight Cafe Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110497 4/8/1948 In the good old summertime Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110498 3/25/1948 Shine on, harvest moon Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110499 4/22/1948 Hot time in the old town tonight Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110500 3/18/1948 When Irish eyes are smiling Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110501 3/18/1948 Medley: Schubert's serenade ; Oh, how I miss you tonight ; I'm always chasing rainbows ; Till the end of time ; The anniversary song Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110502 3/18/1948 Ramona Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110503 2/5/1948 Mary's a grand old name Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110504 2/5/1948 Maxim's Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110505 4/15/1948 All alone Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110506 9/30/1948 Poor butterfly Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110507 4/15/1948 Dirty hands, dirty face Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110508 1/22/1948 Traumerei Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110509 1/22/1948 It ain't necessarily so Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110510 2/12/1948 Waterboy Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 110511 2/12/1948 The one I love belongs to somebody else Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 111201 12/25/1947 Near you Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 111211 4/15/1948 I'll see you in my dreams Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 10156 2/12/1948 Memories Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 10159 3/18/1948 Always Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 10160 4/8/1948 Ol' Man River Al Jolson instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Levant, Oscar," accessed December 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108664.

Levant, Oscar. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108664.

"Levant, Oscar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 December 2022.

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