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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

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Recordings (Results 326-328 of 328 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Vocalion 14082-14084 10-in. 12/27/1924 I’ll see you in my dreams Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Decca 69642 10-in. 8/15/1941 Li'l Abner Ben Bernie Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2510 10-in. 10/22/1930 Pretty little baby Josephine Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 326-328 of 328 records)


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