Dave Franklin

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  
(Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Citation

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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