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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 October 20th, 1943 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1941

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

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 280 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W152462 10-in. 8/21/1933 We won't have to sell the farm Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and whistling leader, vocalist  
Columbia W152475 10-in. 8/21/1933 The duke is on a bat again Ben Bernie and All the Lads ; Manny Prager Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, vocalist  
Columbia W152476 10-in. 8/21/1933 Ain't that marvelous (My baby loves me) Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, songwriter  
Columbia W152502 10-in. 9/19/1933 This is romance Ben Bernie and All the Lads ; Frank Prince Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, leader  
Columbia W152503 10-in. 9/19/1933 You gotta be a football hero Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, vocalist  
Columbia W152504 10-in. 9/19/1933 Mickey Mouse and Minnie's in town Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and whistling leader, vocalist  
Columbia W152505 10-in. 9/26/1933 So this is Susie? Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Columbia W152512 10-in. 9/26/1933 Shanghai Lil Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152513 10-in. 9/26/1933 Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Columbia W152679 10-in. 1/12/1934 What do the animals do (When they wanna say "I love you") George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh 9075 10-in. Apr. 1925 Sweet Georgia Brown Birmingham Society Serenaders ; Jack Linx Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 9574 10-in. Mar. 1926 Sweet Georgia Brown Lillie Delk Christian ; Johnny St. Cyr Female vocal solo, with banjo songwriter  
OKeh S-72801 10-in. Sept. 1924 Kiss me goodnight Bruce Wallace ; Yellow Jackets Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus songwriter  
OKeh 73539 10-in. Aug. 1925 Sweet Georgia Brown Billy Bailey ; Barney Barnum Male vocal solo, with banjo songwriter  
OKeh 73543 10-in. 8/17/1925 Marguerite Melody Sheiks Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 73948 10-in. 1/21/1926 Pretty little baby Melody Sheiks Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 14090-14092 10-in. 10/30/1924 Kiss me goodnight Castlewood Marimba Band Marimba band composer  
Brunswick 15478-15480 10-in. 4/9/1925 Sweet Georgia Brown Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E29130 10-in. 1/18/1929 I want to be bad Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra ; Zelma O'Neal Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E29722 10-in. Apr. 1929 Little pal (Amiguito) Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E15700-E15702 10-in. 5/8/1925 Sweet Georgia Brown Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick E15936-E15938 10-in. 6/5/1925 Sweet Georgia Brown Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick E16908-E16910 10-in. 11/17/1925 Headin' for Louisville Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E16911-E16914 10-in. 11/17/1925 The lonesomest girl in town Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E17056-E17058 10-in. 12/7/1925 A little bit bad Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 51-75 of 280 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernie, Ben," accessed February 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.

Bernie, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108895.

"Bernie, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 February 2021.

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

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