Leon René

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 6th, 1902 (Covington), Died May 30th, 1982 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist, director, piano

Notes: Brother of Otis René. Sometimes credited as Jimmie Thomas.

Recordings

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-057051 10-in. 10/29/1940 Chapel in the valley Kenny Baker Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
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-068805 10-in. 12/23/1941 Someone's rocking my dreamboat Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Paula Kelly Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W144763 10-in. 10/14/1927 In my dreams (I'm jealous of you) Dixieland Blue Blowers ; Curtis Mosby ; Henry Starr Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W147817 10-in. 1/21/1929 Between you and me (And the deep blue sea) Dixieland Blue Blowers ; Curtis Mosby Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W151803 10-in. 9/21/1931 When it's sleepy time down south Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W404424 10-in. 4/20/1931 When it's sleepy time down South Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick C7916 10-in. 7/27/1931 When it’s sleepy time down South Jimmie Noone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick LAE10 10-in. Dec. 1927 In my dreams (I’m jealous of you) Sonny Clay Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "René, Leon," accessed January 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109840.

René, Leon. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109840.

"René, Leon." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 January 2021.

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