Hugo Frey

Hugo Frey (26 August 1873 – 13 February 1952) was an American pianist, violinist, composer, songwriter, conductor, and arranger. He was a prolific editor for piano sheet music, the primary audience being the "living room" pianist, providing simplified arrangements of some of the more difficult pieces.

In the 1920s he was pianist with The Troubadours and led and arranged for the Manhattan Merrymakers, and was "a prolific piano roll editor".

In 1921 Swiss classical pianist Rudolph Ganz described Frey as "the best of the composers of so-called bad music, and therefore preferable to the bad composers of so-called good music".

Birth and Death Data: Born August 26th, 1873

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, piano, arranger, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 160 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-15079 10-in. 7/23/1914 Ev'ry road is the right road (When the right little girl is along) Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-17712 10-in. 5/19/1916 Uncle Tom Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-18456 10-in. 9/25/1916 Money blues Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-18751 10-in. 11/22/1916 Molly Dhu Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19020 10-in. 1/8/1917 Topsy Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor C-19021 12-in. 1/8/1917 Havanola Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-21835 10-in. 5/8/1918 Calicoco Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor C-21836 12-in. 5/8/1918 Mother's garden Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-21837 10-in. 5/8/1918 My dough boy Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor C-21883 12-in. 6/3/1918 Dodola Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-22077 10-in. 7/29/1918 Mary Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus composer  
Victor B-22346 10-in. 12/16/1918 Rockin' the boat Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with xylophone solo composer  
Victor C-22347 12-in. 12/16/1918 Head over heels Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with piano duet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-22390 12-in. 2/27/1919 Chong Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-22395 12-in. 3/4/1919 Oh, my dear Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-22725 10-in. 3/18/1919 You're the one (That I want) Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and xylophone composer  
Victor B-22903 10-in. 6/5/1919 Yearning Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-22977 10-in. 7/25/1919 Roses at twilight Frank E. Banta ; Hugo Frey Piano duet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-23275 10-in. 9/25/1919 Peggy Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-23276 10-in. 9/25/1919 Yellow dog blues Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-23284 10-in. 10/1/1919 Happy Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-23298 10-in. 10/10/1919 Patches Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-23300 10-in. 10/15/1919 Nobody ever Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-23301 10-in. 10/15/1919 Mother's red, red rose Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-23325 10-in. 11/5/1919 My laddie Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 160 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Frey, Hugo," accessed October 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108917.

Frey, Hugo. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108917.

"Frey, Hugo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108917

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