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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 201-225 of 227 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-81976 10-in. 3/22/1934 Little did I dream Maurice Cross ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-82548 10-in. 5/24/1934 Dancing on a roof-top Don Bestor Orchestra ; Charles Yontz Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-82549 10-in. 5/24/1934 Moon-glow Don Bestor Orchestra ; Joy Lynne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-82550 10-in. 5/24/1934 Thank you for a lovely evening Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-82551 10-in. 5/24/1934 Don't let it happen again Don Bestor Orchestra ; Joy Lynne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-82552 10-in. 5/24/1934 In a little red barn (On a farm down in Indiana) Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-82553 10-in. 5/24/1934 Butterfly Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-83632 10-in. 7/26/1934 A little church around the corner Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-83633 10-in. 7/26/1934 Let me call you mine Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-83634 10-in. 7/26/1934 I'll close my eyes to everyone else (If you'll open your heart to me) Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-83635 10-in. 7/26/1934 Moon of desire Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-83636 10-in. 7/26/1934 The prize waltz Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-83637 10-in. 7/26/1934 Ooh! You miser you Don Bestor Orchestra ; Joy Lynne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-015527 10-in. 10/21/1937 You're a sweetheart Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-015528 10-in. 10/21/1937 This never happened before Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-015529 10-in. 10/21/1937 Sailing home Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra ; Teddy Powell ; Walter G. Samuels ; Leonard Whitcup Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-015530 10-in. 10/21/1937 True confession Neil Buckley ; Sam Coslow ; Don Bestor Orchestra ; Frederick Hollander Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-015531 10-in. 10/21/1937 A strange loneliness Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-015532 10-in. 10/21/1937 Let's give love another chance Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-Test-1787 10-in. 10/18/1933 Swingy little thingy Maurice Cross ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Columbia W141227 10-in. 10/30/1925 Down by the winegar woiks Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with ukulele songwriter  
Columbia W141403 10-in. 12/17/1925 Teach me to smile Manhattan Dance Makers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W141433 10-in. 12/24/1925 Teach me to smile Tom Burke Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
OKeh 73968 10-in. Jan. 1926 Down by the winegar woiks Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Brunswick E17454-E17456 10-in. 1/12/1926 Down by the winegar woiks Ed Smalle Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
(Results 201-225 of 227 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bestor, Don," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109951.

Bestor, Don. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109951.

"Bestor, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.

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