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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 76-100 of 280 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E17745-E17748 10-in. 1/29/1926 Bell hoppin’ blues Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C5188 10-in. Jan. 1930 What is this thing called love? Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C5189 10-in. Jan. 1930 She’s such a comfort to me Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C5350 10-in. Feb. 1930 Across the breakfast table (Looking at you) Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C5351 10-in. Feb. 1930 To my mammy Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C5352 10-in. Feb. 1930 Song of the bayou Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C5375 10-in. Feb. 1930 Black eyes Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C5376 10-in. Feb. 1930 Keepin’ myself for you Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C5377 10-in. Feb. 1930 Let me sing and I’m happy Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C7102 10-in. Dec. 1930 To whom it may concern (A quien concierna) Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C7103 10-in. Dec. 1930 Crying myself to sleep! (Llorando hasta dormir) Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C7195 10-in. 1/8/1931 Just a gigolo Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C7198 10-in. 1/10/1931 The river and me (El rio y yo) Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C7408 10-in. 2/9/1931 I have to laugh (When I think how I danced with tears in my eyes over you) Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C7445 10-in. 2/13/1931 You’re just a lover (Eres solo un amor pasajero) Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick C7640 10-in. 4/2/1931 That little boy of mine Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick C1094-C1098 10-in. 8/18/1927 Miss Annabelle Lee Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1098) leader  
Brunswick C1099-C1103 10-in. 8/18/1927 Swanee shore Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take A75518) leader  
Brunswick C7696-C7697 10-in. 4/13/1931 Whistling in the dark (Silvando en la obscuridad) Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick LAE57 10-in. Jan. 1928 Ella Cinders Herb Wiedoeft Orchestra ; Leon Lucas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E27290 10-in. 4/6/1928 Imagination Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E27291 10-in. 4/6/1928 Crazy rhythm Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet; without vocal (take G) leader, vocalist  
Brunswick E27619 10-in. 5/31/1928 Just like a melody out of the sky Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E27620 10-in. 5/31/1928 Because my baby don’t mean “maybe” now Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E27907 10-in. 7/28/1928 Hindustan Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 76-100 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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