Leon René (February 6, 1902 – May 30, 1982) was an American music composer of pop, R&B and rock and roll songs and a record producer in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. He sometimes used the songwriting pseudonym Jimmy Thomas or Jimmie Thomas. He also established several record labels.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 6, 1902 (Covington), Died May 30, 1982 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist, director, piano
Notes: Brother of Otis René. Sometimes credited as Jimmie Thomas.
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBVE-68382||10-in.||8/19/1932||I'm Mr. African||Leon René Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter, director, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||PBVE-68383||10-in.||8/19/1932||My home||Leon René Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano, director, songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-68391||10-in.||9/17/1932||I'm gonna pack my grip||Leon René Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-70611||10-in.||10/4/1931||When it's sleepy time down South||Mildred Bailey ; King's Jesters ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-74820||10-in.||12/8/1932||That's my home||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with trumpet solo and male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||CS-74878||12-in.||12/21/1932||Medley of Armstrong hits||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo||songwriter|
|Victor||LBS-74879||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||12/21/1932||Medley of Armstrong hits||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-97206||10-in.||12/31/1935||Dusty road||Nelson Eddy ; Nathaniel Shilkret||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-1306||10-in.||10/14/1931||Sleepy time down South||Phil Harris||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-09577||10-in.||7/7/1937||When it's sleepy time down South||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-022118||10-in.||4/4/1938||Sleepy time down South||Vernon Geyer ; Bill Radebaugh||Organ solo, with piano, vibraphone, and male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-047360||10-in.||3/4/1940||When it's sleepy time down South||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-050844||10-in.||5/22/1940||When the swallows come back to Capistrano||Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Helen Southern||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-050881||10-in.||5/27/1940||When the swallows come back to Capistrano||Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-050892||10-in.||5/29/1940||When the swallows come back to Capistrano||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with male vocal trio and jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-053130||10-in.||6/13/1940||When the swallows come back to Capistrano||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-057051||10-in.||10/29/1940||Chapel in the valley||Kenny Baker||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-058807||10-in.||12/27/1940||Chapel in the valley||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-061927||10-in.||11/24/1941||Someone's rocking my dreamboat||Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys||Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-061954||10-in.||12/10/1941||Someone's rocking my dreamboat||Eddie Beal Trio ; Four Tones||Vocal quartet, with jazz/dance trio||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-061955||10-in.||12/10/1941||Goodnight baby, goodnight||Eddie Beal Trio ; Four Tones||Vocal quartet, with jazz/dance trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-063825||10-in.||4/28/1941||When it's sleepy time down South||Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-067546||10-in.||8/8/1941||Someone's rocking my dream boat||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-068801||10-in.||12/23/1941||Someone's rocking my dreamboat||Ken Curtis ; Shep Fields ; New Music [Shep Fields]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-068805||10-in.||12/23/1941||Someone's rocking my dreamboat||Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Paula Kelly||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "René, Leon," accessed September 29, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109840.
René, Leon. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109840.
"René, Leon." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 29 September 2022.
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