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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 30, 1891 (Bayonne), Died October 20, 1943 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter, vocalist, violin, speaker, lyricist, conductor, director

Recordings (Results 301-325 of 327 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E27095-E27097 10-in. 3/22/1928 Speedy boy Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E27097) leader  
Brunswick E27098-E27100 10-in. 3/22/1928 Borneo Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E27100) leader  
Brunswick XE27159-XE27160 12-in. 3/29/1928 A musical thought Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick XE27235-XE27237 12-in. 3/31/1928 Ol’ Man River Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra ; Bob Schafer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take XE27237) leader  
Brunswick E30832-E30833 10-in. Sept. 1929 There’s too many eyes (That "wanna" make eyes at two pretty eyes that I love) Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E30834-E30835 10-in. Sept. 1929 Satisfied! Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E30858-E30859 10-in. Sept. 1929 Bottoms up Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E30860-E30861 10-in. Sept. 1929 Lady Luck Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E30862-E30863 10-in. Sept. 1929 Bigger and better than ever Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E31449-E31450 10-in. Nov. 1929 Singin’ in the bathtub Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E31674-E31675 10-in. Dec. 1929 The one girl Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E31676-E31677 10-in. Dec. 1929 Have a little faith in me Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E31678-E31679 10-in. Dec. 1929 Crying for the Carolines Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E37169/E37174 10-in. 9/24/1931 There’s nothing too good for my baby Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E37170/E37175 10-in. 9/24/1931 A faded summer love Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E37216-E37217 10-in. 9/23/1931 I’m with you! Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Edison 9669 10-in. 8/7/1924 Kiss me goodnight Harry Raderman's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 10428 10-in. 6/11/1925 Sweet Georgia Brown (A Charleston swing) Tennessee Happy Boys Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 10515 10-in. 7/23/1925 Marguerite Nat Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 10591 10-in. 9/24/1925 The co-ed Irwin Abrams ; Knickerbocker Grill Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 10653 10-in. 10/26/1925 Pretty little baby Phil Baker's Bad Boys Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 0LA2146 10-in. 9/29/1939 Sweet Georgia Brown Django Reinhardt ; Eddie South Violin and guitar duet songwriter  
Vocalion 14063-14065 10-in. 12/18/1924 Tell her in the springtime Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion 14066-14068 10-in. 12/18/1924 Oh! Lady be good Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion 14075-14077 10-in. 12/23/1924 Why couldn’t it be poor little me? Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 301-325 of 327 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernie, Ben," accessed January 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.

Bernie, Ben. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.

"Bernie, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 January 2022.

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

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