W. B. Olds

William Benjamin Olds (1874–1948) was an American musician, professor, composer, and scholar. His book Bird songs for children was published in 1914. The Musical Quarterly published an article he wrote about bird songs in 1922. Arrangements he made of bird songs were performed.

He worked at Millikin College in Decatur, Illinois. He wrote a college song for the school in 1913. In 1923 he took a position at the University of Redlands in California. He studied bird songs. In Redlands he lived at the Herman A. Westbrook Residence at 805 North University Avenue.

The Wartburg Choir's performance of his arrangement "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" features in the documentary The Wartburg Choir in Germany: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1874, Died January 10th, 1948

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-36688 10-in. 11/15/1926 Sand wells Erva Giles Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-57934 10-in. 12/19/1929 Hoop song Ruth Rodgers Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1914-05-08-01] Not documented 5/8/1914 Little Boy Blue Rose Stewart Female vocal solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Olds, W. B.," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109931.

Olds, W. B.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109931.

"Olds, W. B.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109931


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