Dave Franklin (September 28, 1895 – February 2, 1970) was an accomplished American songwriter and pianist. A member of Tin Pan Alley, Franklin co-wrote "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down," which was adopted as the theme song to the Looney Tunes cartoon series. His primary collaborator was lyricist Cliff Friend. His other collaborators included Al Dubin, Isham Jones, Irving Taylor. Franklin worked in vaudeville and night clubs in the U.S. and Europe. According to The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900–1950, by Roger Kinkle, he left school at 13 to work as a pianist in a publishing house. Some of his songs were recorded by Glen Gray, Isham Jones, Guy Lombardo and Frankie Trumbauer!
Birth and Death Data: Born September 28th, 1895
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist, piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 31 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-26853||10-in.||8/31/1922||Childhood days||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-34103||10-in.||11/30/1925||Five foot two, eyes of blue (Has anybody seen my girl)||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano (takes 3-6); with orchestra (takes 1 and 2)||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-34139||10-in.||12/11/1925||Sleepy time girl||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-34170||10-in.||12/21/1925||How I love her and she loves me is nobody's business||Gene Austin ; Dave Franklin||Male vocal solo, with violin, cornet, and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-34171||10-in.||12/21/1925||Sweet child (I'm wild about you)||Gene Austin ; Dave Franklin||Male vocal solo, with violin, cornet, and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BRC-53046||10-in.||4/21/1931||You don't know what you're doin'||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with clarinet, guitar, and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-64863||10-in.||2/5/1931||Please don't talk about me (When I'm gone)||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BRC-69929||10-in.||6/11/1931||Without that gal!||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-82266||10-in.||3/30/1934||I ain't lazy, I'm just dreamin'||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-82267||10-in.||3/30/1934||It's funny to everyone but me||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-82379||10-in.||5/4/1934||I ain't lazy—I'm just dreaming||Sid Peltyn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-83180||10-in.||7/16/1934||Blue lament||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-84457||10-in.||10/8/1934||Ramblin' Joe||Eddie Stone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86089||10-in.||12/5/1934||I woke up too soon||Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-89586||10-in.||4/25/1935||Give a broken heart a break||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Sonny Schuyler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-89741||10-in.||5/4/1935||In the twinkling of an eye||Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-89742||10-in.||5/4/1935||Give a broken heart a break||Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-89791||10-in.||5/13/1935||In the twinkling of an eye||Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Bob Stanley||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-93983||10-in.||11/26/1937||La calesita se destrozó||Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99156||10-in.||2/16/1936||Breakin' in a pair of shoes||Hotel Charlotte Orchestra ; Bob Pope ; Dixie Lee Sothern||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-100012||10-in.||2/29/1936||I hope Gabriel likes my music||Gene Krupa's Swing Band ; Benny Goodman||Jazz/dance band, with clarinet solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-101135||10-in.||3/27/1936||I hope Gabriel likes my music||Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-0217||10-in.||8/20/1936||It's the gypsy in me||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-0703||10-in.||9/17/1936||When my dream boat comes home||Guy Lombardo ; Lebert Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03501||10-in.||12/1/1936||Better get off your high horse||Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Franklin, Dave," accessed September 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110516.
Franklin, Dave. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110516.
"Franklin, Dave." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 September 2020.
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