Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards (1893–1962) was an American composer and musician, known for composing the 1937 hit "Once in a While". He was also a classical violinist, organist and music arranger.

Edwards's most famous composition, "Once in a While", became a number one hit for Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, and later for Patti Page (1957) and The Chimes (1961). The song is now considered a jazz standard. None of Edwards's other songs achieved the popularity of "Once in a While", and he has been called "a perfect example of a one-hit composer".

Birth and Death Data: Born 1893, Died 1962

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-09776 10-in. 11/2/1937 Once in a while Harriet Hilliard ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011363 10-in. 7/21/1937 Once in a while Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Edwards, Michael," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110095.

Edwards, Michael. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110095.

"Edwards, Michael." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110095


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