Ben Bernie (May 30, 1891 – October 23, 1943), was an American jazz violinist, bandleader, and radio personality, often introduced as "The Old Maestro". He was noted for his showmanship and memorable bits of snappy dialogue, being part of the first generation of "stars" of American popular music, alongside other artists such as Paul Whiteman (a fellow violinist and bandleader), Ted Lewis and Al Jolson.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 30th, 1891 (Bayonne), Died Hollywood
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter, vocalist, violin, lyricist, speaker, conductor, director
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 87 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-22071||10-in.||7/26/1918||Good-bye Alexander||Phil Baker ; Ben Bernie||Violin and accordion duet||instrumentalist, violin|
|Victor||B-22072||10-in.||7/26/1918||Waters of Venice||Phil Baker ; Ben Bernie||Violin and accordion duet||instrumentalist, violin|
|Victor||B-30299||10-in.||6/19/1924||The doodle-um blues||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-31034||10-in.||10/21/1924||Kiss me goodnight||Charles Dornberger Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-32565||10-in.||5/1/1925||Sweet Georgia Brown||Oliver Naylor ; Oliver Naylor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-32831||10-in.||5/28/1925||Sweet Georgia Brown||Jane Green||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-34638||10-in.||2/19/1926||Pretty little baby||Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with piano (self-accompaniment)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34641||10-in.||2/23/1926||Pretty little baby||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36548||10-in.||10/15/1926||Who'll be the one?||Art Landry Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BRC-69634||10-in.||5/21/1931||Sweet Georgia Brown||Estes Manasco ; Memphis Ramblers ; Snooks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-71202||10-in.||12/23/1931||Who's your little who-zis?||Arden-Ohman Orchestra ; Sylvia Froos||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BRC-71855||10-in.||2/15/1932||Winnie the wailer||Funnyboners Trio ; Ruby Newman ; Ritz Carlton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-72271||10-in.||4/12/1932||I can't forget||Ted Black Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BRC-72594||10-in.||5/17/1932||Sweet Georgia Brown||Pickens Sisters||Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-72696||10-in.||7/6/1932||Holding my honey's hand||Washboard Rhythm Boys ; Steve Washington||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BSHQ-73038||10-in.||6/27/1932||Holding my honey's hand||Chick Bullock ; Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BSHQ-73120||10-in.||7/25/1932||Strange interlude||Gordon Graham ; Ruby Newman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BSHQ-73172||10-in.||8/9/1932||I can't believe it's true||Bert Lown Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-77326||10-in.||12/12/1933||Sweet Georgia Brown||Jim & Bob||Ukulele and Spanish guitar duet (Hawaiian)||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-81778||10-in.||3/5/1934||An old lullaby||Don Hall Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-82361||10-in.||4/27/1934||A bowl of chop suey and you-ey||Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-025878||10-in.||10/12/1938||Sweet Georgia Brown||Benny Goodman Quartet||Jazz/dance quartet||songwriter|
|Victor||[Trial 1918-06-07-03]||Not documented||6/7/1918||I made up my mind to marry Carolina||Phil Baker ; Ben Bernie||Violin and accordion duet||instrumentalist, violin|
|Victor||[Trial 1918-06-07-04]||Not documented||6/7/1918||Waters of Venice||Phil Baker ; Ben Bernie||Violin and accordion duet||instrumentalist, violin|
|Victor||[Trial 1918-06-26-01]||Not documented||6/26/1918||I made up my mind to marry Carolina||Phil Baker ; Ben Bernie||Violin and accordion duet||instrumentalist, violin|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernie, Ben," accessed September 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.
Bernie, Ben. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.
"Bernie, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 September 2020.
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