Henry Halstead

Henry Halstead (November 16, 1897 – March 19, 1984) was an American bandleader. His orchestra began in early 1922 and over the next twenty years had regular engagements at hotels in New York and California.

Halstead had from 15 to 20 band members at any given time. His orchestra appeared in numerous short subjects on the screen and made over 100 records, mainly with Victor Records. He appeared in short films released by RKO Radio.

After rising to fame on radio and on the west coast, his orchestra was named the Favorite Band of Movieland. His fans included Marion Davies, Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Kay Francis, Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe Arbuckle, Maurice Chevalier, Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Clive Brook, Gary Cooper, Marian Nixon, Jack Oakie, Buddy Rogers, and Ruth Chatterton.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 16th, 1897 (El Paso), Died March 19th, 1984

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, songwriter, violin, composer

Recordings (Results 26-37 of 37 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBVE-218 10-in. 5/12/1926 Dream of love and you Henry Halstead Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus leader  
Victor PBVE-318 10-in. 5/16/1927 My idea of heaven (is to be in love with you) Henry Halstead Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet leader  
Victor PBVE-319 10-in. 5/16/1927 Rosy cheeks Henry Halstead Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor PBVE-320 10-in. 5/16/1927 Pal of my lonesome hours Henry Halstead Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor PBVE-321 10-in. 5/16/1927 Ain't that too bad? Henry Halstead Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 80594 10-in. 10/10/1922 To-morrow (Will be brighter than to-day) Paul Biese Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 140393 10-in. 2/25/1925 China girl Clover Gardens Orchestra ; William C. Polla Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh 9111 10-in. May 1925 China girl Jimmy Joy ; St. Anthony Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-71835 10-in. Sept. 1923 Will you always love me? Green Brothers' Marimba-Saxo Band Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh W403755 10-in. 2/11/1930 China girl Casa Loma Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick 11196-11199 10-in. 8/15/1923 Will you always love me Paul Ash ; Granada Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Vocalion 299W-301W 10-in. 1/29/1925 China girl Golden Pheasant Orchestra ; Austin Wylie Jazz/dance band songwriter  
(Results 26-37 of 37 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Halstead, Henry," accessed November 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109613.

Halstead, Henry. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109613.

"Halstead, Henry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109613


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