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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 328 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-051261||10-in.||6/10/1940||Sweet Georgia Brown||Paul Bascomb ; Erskine Hawkins Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with tenor saxophone solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-075576||10-in.||7/24/1942||Sweet Georgia Brown||Teddy Powell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||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|
|Columbia||81970||10-in.||9/2/1924||Kiss me goodnight||The Cavaliers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||140061||10-in.||9/25/1924||Bring back those rock-a-bye blues days||Shannon Four||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W140597||10-in.||5/13/1925||Sweet Georgia Brown||Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140603||10-in.||5/14/1925||Sweet Georgia Brown||California Ramblers||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140612||10-in.||5/18/1925||Craving||Harry Reser's Syncopators||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140714||10-in.||6/23/1925||Marguerite||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W140902||10-in.||9/4/1925||Pretty puppy||Al Bernard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140968||10-in.||9/15/1925||The co-ed||Art Kahn Orchestra ; Marty Livingston||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||141361||10-in.||12/8/1925||Pretty little baby||Carleton Terrace Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W141390||10-in.||12/14/1925||Pretty little baby||Ed Smalle||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W141436||10-in.||12/28/1925||Pretty little baby||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W143006||10-in.||11/1/1926||Who'll be the one?||Warner's Seven Aces||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||composer|
|Columbia||143287||10-in.||1/11/1927||Who'll be the one?||Murray Amster ; Lou Gold Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152051||10-in.||12/29/1931||Who's your little who-zis!||The Knickerbockers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152142||10-in.||3/17/1932||Willie the wailer||Jimmy Jordan||Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano||composer|
|Columbia||W152223||10-in.||6/23/1932||Holding my honey's hand||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152229||10-in.||6/30/1932||Holding my honey's hand||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W152247||10-in.||8/1/1932||I can't believe it's true||The Four New Yorkers ; Frances Langford||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152252||10-in.||8/5/1932||I can't believe it's true||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152253||10-in.||8/11/1932||Strange interlude||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernie, Ben," accessed October 4, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.
Bernie, Ben. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 4, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.
"Bernie, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 October 2022.
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