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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 January 13th, 1970 (Metamora)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1937

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

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-31143 10-in. 11/4/1924 King Porter stomp Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-31161 10-in. 11/11/1924 Heart broken strain Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-31162 10-in. 11/11/1924 Tallahassee Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BVE-32709 10-in. 5/21/1925 I had someone else before I had you (And I'll have someone after you're gone) Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-32710 10-in. 5/21/1925 Pal of my cradle days Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-32711 10-in. 5/21/1925 The whole world is dreaming of love Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-32712 10-in. 5/21/1925 Because of you (The world is mine) Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-32713 10-in. 5/22/1925 When eyes of blue are fooling you Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-32714 10-in. 5/23/1925 Oh, how I miss you tonight Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-32715 10-in. 5/23/1925 Riverboat shuffle Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-33205 10-in. 8/3/1925 Mighty blue Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-33206 10-in. 8/3/1925 Are you sorry? Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-33207 10-in. 8/3/1925 The farmer took another load away! Hay! Hay! Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-33208 10-in. 8/4/1925 Summer nights Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-33209 10-in. 8/4/1925 She's drivin' me wild Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-33210 10-in. 8/4/1925 Charleston baby of mine Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-33753 10-in. 11/4/1925 Down by the winegar woiks Billy Murray ; Aileen Stanley Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-33779 10-in. 11/12/1925 Teach me to smile Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-34347 10-in. 1/20/1926 Down by the winegar woiks The Troubadours Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-34725 10-in. 3/15/1926 So does your old Mandarin Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-34726 10-in. 3/15/1926 Say mister, have you met Rosie's sister? Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-34727 10-in. 3/15/1926 Truly I do Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-34728 10-in. 3/15/1926 Baby blues Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-34729 10-in. 3/15/1926 Dallas stomp Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-41028 10-in. 11/14/1927 Who knows? Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
(Results 76-100 of 227 records)

Citation

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

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

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

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

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