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Ben Bernie

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  
(Results 1-25 of 87 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895

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