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Smith Ballew

Sykes "Smith" Ballew (January 21, 1902 – May 2, 1984) was an American actor, sophisticated singer, orchestra leader, and a western singing star. He also was billed as Buddy Blue, Charles Roberts, and Billy Smith.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 21st, 1902 (Palestine), Died Longview

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, leader, director, lyricist, Musical group

Notes: Used several pseudonyms, including Buddy Blue, Billy Smith, and Charles Roberts. The pseudonym, Arthur Terry, was used by both Seger Ellis and Smith Ballew.

See Also: Smith Ballew Orchestra

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 377 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-50905 10-in. 3/1/1929 Louise Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack ; Charles Roberts [i.e., Smith Ballew] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-50906 10-in. 3/1/1929 Wait 'til you see 'ma chérie' Park Central Orchestra ; Ben Pollack Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-55638 10-in. 7/31/1929 Can't we be friends? Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-55639 10-in. 7/31/1929 Do what you do! Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-55640 10-in. 7/31/1929 Evangeline Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-56123 10-in. 9/6/1929 Have a little faith in me Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-56124 10-in. 9/6/1929 Same old moon (Same old June, but not the same old you) Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, vocalist  
Victor BVE-56721 10-in. 9/27/1929 You've made me happy today! Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Ben Pollack ; Charles Roberts [i.e., Smith Ballew] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-56722 10-in. 9/27/1929 From now on Ben Pollack Orchestra ; Ben Pollack ; Charles Roberts [i.e., Smith Ballew] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-62648 10-in. 6/10/1930 If you didn't care for me Charles Dameron ; Henry Thies Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-64812 10-in. 11/21/1930 Nine little miles from Ten-Ten-Tennessee Smith Ballew ; Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-64813 10-in. 11/21/1930 I'm so in love with you Smith Ballew ; Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BRC-70941 10-in. 11/2/1931 I'll always remember September Peter Van Steeden Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BRC-70942 10-in. 11/2/1931 I can sympathize with you Peter Van Steeden Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BRC-70943 10-in. 11/2/1931 Hiding in the shadows of the moon Peter Van Steeden Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-75551 10-in. 3/22/1933 Remember me Harold Stern Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Bill Smih Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-75552 10-in. 3/22/1933 I wake up smiling Harold Stern Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Bill Smih Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-75553 10-in. 3/22/1933 The sidewalk waltz Harold Stern Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Bill Smih Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-75554 10-in. 3/22/1933 Just a little flower shop around the corner Harold Stern Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Bill Smih Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W147040 10-in. 10/4/1928 I can't make her happy (That old girl of mine) Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W147041 10-in. 10/4/1928 Heartbroken and lonely Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W147989 10-in. 2/21/1929 Some sweet day Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W147990 10-in. 2/21/1929 Deep night Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W148032 10-in. 3/6/1929 Mean to me Campus Boys ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio vocalist  
Columbia W148033 10-in. 3/6/1929 The one that I love loves me Campus Boys ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 377 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ballew, Smith," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108762.

Ballew, Smith. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108762.

"Ballew, Smith." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

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