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 28, 1895, Died February 3, 1970

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist, piano

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Recordings

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 lyricist, 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-86465 10-in. 12/17/1934 I woke up too soon Florence Richardson Orchestra ; Jerry Lee 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-96570 10-in. 1/24/1936 Breakin' in a pair of shoes Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
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-03007 10-in. 11/5/1936 When my dream boat comes home Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra 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  
Victor BS-03873 10-in. 12/30/1936 Never should have told you Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Margaret McCrae Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-03903 10-in. 12/24/1936 Never should have told you Johnny Hamp Orchestra ; Johnny McAfee Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-04175 10-in. 1/14/1937 Floating on a bubble Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-04929 10-in. 2/17/1937 I'll dream my way to heaven Three Esquires ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-010170 10-in. 5/14/1937 The merry-go-round broke down Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-010506 10-in. 6/3/1937 The merry-go-round broke down Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-011730 10-in. 8/18/1937 You can't stop me from dreaming Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-013323 10-in. 9/2/1937 You can't stop me from dreaming Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-013882 10-in. 9/28/1937 Everything you said came true Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-013889 10-in. 9/29/1937 Everything you said came true Carmen Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-017019 10-in. 11/10/1937 How many rhymes can you get? Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-017431 10-in. 11/29/1937 How many rhymes can you get? Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-017743 10-in. 12/17/1937 Two dreams got together Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-017790 10-in. 12/29/1937 Two dreams get together Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-019409 10-in. 7/7/1938 There's a brand new picture in my picture frame Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Gene Walsh Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-021678 10-in. 3/31/1938 Who do you think I saw last night? Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-021858 10-in. 3/31/1938 Who do you think I saw last night? Willie Farmer Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-021976 10-in. 4/13/1938 Moonlight in Waikiki Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-022669 10-in. 4/28/1938 As long as we're together Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-022931 10-in. 4/28/1938 As long as we're together Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023527 10-in. 6/3/1938 Will you remember tonight tomorrow? Jack Chesleigh ; Larry Clinton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023717 10-in. 6/22/1938 There's a brand new picture in my picture frame Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023737 10-in. 6/24/1938 Will you remember tonight tomorrow? Ben Bowers ; Hot Lips Page Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-026256 10-in. 11/14/1938 I must see Annie tonight Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ; Three Ripples Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-027293 10-in. 10/13/1938 Tell me with your kisses Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-027406 10-in. 9/26/1938 Tell me with your kisses Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-028997 10-in. 11/23/1938 I must see Annie tonight Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-032974 10-in. 3/13/1939 I'm building a sailboat of dreams Three Reasons ; Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-033779 10-in. 2/28/1939 I'm building a sailboat of dreams Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-034904 10-in. 5/25/1939 Concert in the park Betty Hutton ; Vincent Lopez ; Sonny Schuyler ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet songwriter  
Victor BS-036857 10-in. 5/4/1939 The girl behind the Venetian blind Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-036912 10-in. 5/5/1939 The girl behind the venetian blind Blue Barron ; Charlie Fischer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-036953 10-in. 5/17/1939 Concert in the park Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; The Three Barons Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-037635 10-in. 6/13/1939 You don't know how much you can suffer (Until you fall in love) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-037648 10-in. 6/15/1939 You don't know how much you can suffer (Until you fall in love) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BAVE-039174 10-in. between 12/22/1939 and 1/25/1940 Concierto en el parque Feliciano Brunelli Orquesta Característica Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-040994 10-in. 10/23/1939 Hello, Mister Kringle Vincent Lopez ; Penny Parker ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-041367 10-in. 9/28/1939 I just got a letter Kaydets ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-041761 10-in. 10/13/1939 Happy birthday to love Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-042718 10-in. 9/22/1939 I just got a letter Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-042782 10-in. 10/3/1939 I just got a letter Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Marion Hutton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-042983 10-in. 10/18/1939 Happy birthday to love Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal chorus composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-053198 10-in. 7/12/1940 Get the moon out of your eyes Blue Barron ; Three Blue Notes Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Victor PBS-061668 10-in. 9/17/1941 The anniversary waltz Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-066552 10-in. 4/9/1942 The penny arcade Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Stuart Wade Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal quartet composer  
Victor BS-067938 10-in. 9/26/1941 The anniversary waltz Ken Curtis ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-070478 10-in. 12/11/1941 The anniversary waltz Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-071699 10-in. 1/30/1942 What does a soldier dream of? Freddy Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble composer  
Victor D5VB-0332 10-in. 5/1/1945 My mother's waltz Nancy Evans ; Wayne King Orchestra Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D5VB-1077 10-in. 7/12/1945 Lilly Belle Gene Conklin ; Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Martin Men Male vocal solo, with male vocal group and instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor D6VB-2008 10-in. 2/4/1946 One-zy two-zy (I love you-zy) Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Martin Men Male vocal group, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D6VB-2087 10-in. 7/2/1946 My honey's kiss Four King Sisters Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D6VB-2158 10-in. 9/12/1946 (When the music stops) everybody kiss your sweetheart Four King Sisters Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1105 10-in. 10/27/1947 Lone star moon Tex Beneke ; Tex Beneke Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-2261 10-in. 11/22/1947 Walk a little talk a little Helen Carroll ; Russ Case Orchestra ; The Satisfiers Female vocal solo, with vocal group and instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor D7VB-2585 10-in. 12/4/1947 Anticipation without realization Louis Prima Orchestra ; Louis Prima Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia 80375 10-in. 6/7/1922 Buzz, Mirandy Dolly Kay Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W149466 10-in. 11/2/1929 What is life without love? The Columbia Photo Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152711 10-in. 2/8/1934 Old roses Little Jack Little Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152736 10-in. 5/14/1934 I ain't lazy—I'm just dreamin' Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia 84522 10-in. approximately July 1918 Shenkt a nedove (שענקט אַ נדבה) Minnie Birnbaum Female vocal solo, with violin and piano lyricist  
Columbia HCO3058 10-in. 12/26/1947 Lone star moon Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh 8893 10-in. 1/22/1925 I'm afraid to care for you John Tobin's Midnight Serenaders Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70927 10-in. Oct. 1922 Childhood days Blue Ribbon Trio Instrumental trio songwriter  
OKeh S-71793 10-in. August 1923 What do they mean by love? Elsie Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 11695-11697 10-in. 10/23/1923 What do they mean by love? Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 11847 10-in. 8/19/1927 It's a million to one you're in love Happiness Orchestra ; Dave Kaplan Jazz/dance band songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Franklin, Dave," accessed April 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110516.

Franklin, Dave. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110516.

"Franklin, Dave." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 April 2024.

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