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, Died February 13th, 1952

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1934

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

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 163 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-38800 12-in. 5/12/1927 Popular songs of yesterday : Medley waltz no. 2 The Troubadours Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor CVE-39205 12-in. 6/2/1927 Popular songs of yesterday : Meldey waltz no. 1 The Troubadours Jazz/dance band arranger  
Victor BVE-39613 10-in. 6/30/1927 Kiss me again Hugo Frey ; The Troubadours Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BVE-41139 10-in. 12/2/1927 Rubenola Rudy Wiedoeft Saxophone solo, with instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BVE-45294 10-in. 6/21/1928 Nobby gobs Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-49721 10-in. 2/21/1929 Allegro scherzando Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-49744 10-in. 2/23/1929 Speed Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-49745 10-in. 2/23/1929 Scherzando Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-53403 10-in. 5/14/1929 College march Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-83684 10-in. 8/6/1934 The man on the flying trapeze Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble arranger  
Victor [Trial 1917-05-14-01] Not documented 5/14/1917 To a water-lily Joseph C. Smith Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1920-04-10-01] Not documented 4/10/1920 Happy one-step Danceland Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor [Trial 1922-04-08-01] 10-in. 4/8/1922 Can you forget Big Four Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor [Trial 1924-04-18-05] 10-in. 4/18/1924 Sally Lou George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 46828 10-in. 6/13/1916 Uncle Tom Samuel Jospe ; Howard Kopp Piano and drums duet composer  
Columbia 46983 10-in. 8/31/1916 Uncle Tom Blue and White Marimba Band Marimba band composer  
Columbia 46999 10-in. 9/6/1916 Uncle Tom Vess Ossman's Banjo Orchestra Banjo orchestra composer  
Columbia 47401 10-in. 3/6/1917 Money blues Frank E. Banta ; Howard Kopp Piano and drum duet composer  
Columbia 77518 10-in. 11/19/1917 Calicoco Joseph C. Smith Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 77519 10-in. 11/19/1917 When you come back Joseph C. Smith Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 79201 10-in. 5/24/1920 Happy Prince's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80028 10-in. 10/14/1921 Cho-cho-san Eddie Elkins' Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger  
Columbia 80256 10-in. 3/21/1922 Can you forget? Garber-Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81395 10-in. 12/6/1923 Bonnie Paul Specht Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 49028 12-in. 12/12/1916 Money blues Prince's Band Band composer  
(Results 101-125 of 163 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Frey, Hugo," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108917.

Frey, Hugo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108917.

"Frey, Hugo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

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

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