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Don Bestor

Don Bestor (September 23, 1889 - January 13, 1970) was an American bandleader, probably best known for directing the orchestra in the early years of The Jack Benny Program on old-time radio.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 23rd, 1889, Died Metamora

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, leader, piano, composer, songwriter, arranger, speaker, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-10378 10-in. 5/24/1911 Peek-a-boo, Mister Moon, peek-a-boo "That Girl" Quartet Female vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27513 10-in. 1/29/1923 Down in Maryland Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27514 10-in. 1/29/1923 Trot along Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27515 10-in. 1/30/1923 Starlight Bay Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27516 10-in. 1/30/1923 Georgia cabin door Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27517 10-in. 1/30/1923 Someday you'll cry over someone (As I have cried over you) Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27518 10-in. 1/30/1923 Think of me Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27519 10-in. 1/31/1923 Loose feet Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27524 10-in. 1/31/1923 Sweet one Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-27525 10-in. 1/31/1923 Old time medley fox trot Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Victor B-28114 10-in. 6/13/1923 In a tent Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28115 10-in. 6/13/1923 Love is just a flower Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28116 10-in. 6/13/1923 I'm drifting back to dreamland Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28117 10-in. 6/14/1923 Just for tonight Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28118 10-in. 6/14/1923 Nobody knows but my pillow and me Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28124 10-in. 6/14/1923 I never miss the sunshine (I'm so used to the rain) Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28125 10-in. 6/15/1923 Dreams of India Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28126 10-in. 6/15/1923 March of the mannikins Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28127 10-in. 6/15/1923 The cat's whiskers Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28406 10-in. 7/20/1923 No no Nora Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28407 10-in. 7/20/1923 What could be sweeter Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28415 10-in. 7/25/1923 Somebody's wrong Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28432 10-in. 8/17/1923 Sobbin' blues Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28433 10-in. 8/17/1923 Royal Garden blues Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-28436 10-in. 8/21/1923 Mean, mean mamma Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band, with piano duet leader, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 227 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bestor, Don," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109951.

Bestor, Don. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109951.

"Bestor, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109951

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