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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 21, 1902 (Palestine), Died May 2, 1984 (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

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 453 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W150086 10-in. 3/13/1930 I love you so The Columbia Photo Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150485 10-in. 4/21/1930 Kiss me with your eyes Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150486 10-in. 4/21/1930 You darlin' Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150568 10-in. 6/5/1930 With my guitar and you Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150582 10-in. 6/12/1930 I love you so much California Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Columbia W150583 10-in. 6/12/1930 F'r instance California Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Columbia W150595 10-in. 6/17/1930 Lonely Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150859 10-in. 10/4/1930 Loving you Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150860 10-in. 10/4/1930 Just a little while Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150861 10-in. 10/6/1930 Always in all ways Merle Johnston Saxophone Quartet Saxophone quartet, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150862 10-in. 10/6/1930 It's a great life Merle Johnston Saxophone Quartet Saxophone quartet, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150873 10-in. 10/14/1930 Passing time with me Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Columbia W150874 10-in. 10/14/1930 You're simply delish Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Columbia [W]150907 10-in. 10/29/1930 I'll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on) Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia [W]150908 10-in. 10/29/1930 I got rhythm Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia [W]150909 10-in. 10/29/1930 Ukulele moon Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia [W]150910 10-in. 10/29/1930 (You're always sure of) My love for you Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia [W]150911 10-in. 10/29/1930 A peach of a pair Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia [W]150912 10-in. 10/29/1930 Someone sang a sweeter song to Mary Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150919 10-in. 10/31/1930 Waiting for you Joe Green's Marimba Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150920 10-in. 10/31/1930 Drifting and dreaming Joe Green's Marimba Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150921 10-in. 10/31/1930 Drifting on to Avalon Joe Green's Marimba Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150922 10-in. 10/31/1930 My Missouri home Joe Green's Marimba Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150991 10-in. 12/2/1930 There's something missing in your eyes Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Columbia W150992 10-in. 12/2/1930 (Five-six-seven-eight) Nine little miles from Ten-Ten-Tennessee Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
(Results 101-125 of 453 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ballew, Smith," accessed April 12, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108762.

Ballew, Smith. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108762.

"Ballew, Smith." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 12 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108762

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