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Art Gillham

Art Gillham (January 1, 1895, St. Louis, Missouri – June 6, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia) was an American songwriter, who was among the first crooners as a pioneer radio artist and a recording artist for Columbia Records.

With Billy Smythe and Scott Middleton he wrote "Hesitation Blues", which he also recorded as one of the first electrical recordings for Columbia Records(Rust). The song is heard in the following movies The Public Enemy, Of Human Bondage and Fireman Save My Child (IMDB). Gillham and Smythe wrote approximately 100 songs together, including "Mean Blues," "Just Forget," "The Deacon Told Me I Was Good," "Just Waiting for You," "Crying Again," "Things That Remind Me of You" (sheet music) and the first successful electrical recording, "You May Be Lonesome" (Rust). With J. Russell Robinson he wrote "In My Sweetheart's Arms".

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1895

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano, songwriter, composer, lyricist, leader, guitar

Notes: Often billed as "The Whispering Pianist." Surname spelled "Gilham" on Bluebird disc labels.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 169 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-28861 10-in. 11/1/1923 Mean blues David H. Silverman Orchestra ; Dave Silverman Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-29408 10-in. 1/22/1924 Days of yesterday Elliott Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-64367 10-in. 11/20/1930 Just forget Hoagy Carmichael ; Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-82740 10-in. 3/31/1934 Somebody painted my dream castle blue Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-82741 10-in. 3/31/1934 I'd rather be alone Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Victor BS-101574 10-in. 5/8/1936 Hesitation blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 140113 10-in. 10/22/1924 Way out west in Kansas Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140114 10-in. 10/22/1924 How do you do? Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140123 10-in. 11/6/1924 The deacon told me I was good Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140125 10-in. 11/6/1924 You may be lonesome Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140270 10-in. 1/20/1925 Carolina blues Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140274 10-in. 1/21/1925 Second hand love Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia 140275 10-in. 1/21/1925 Doo wacka doo Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140390 10-in. 2/25/1925 Hesitation blues Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia 140391 10-in. 2/25/1925 Heart-broken strain Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140394 10-in. 2/25/1925 I had someone else before I had you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140395 10-in. 2/25/1925 How's your folks & my folks Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140399 10-in. 2/26/1925 Can't your friend get a friend for me? Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144044 10-in. 4/25/1927 To-night you belong to me Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with steel guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W140404 10-in. 2/27/1925 Hot Tamale Molly Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W140725 10-in. 6/26/1925 Smile all the while Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W140726 10-in. 6/26/1925 Are you sorry? Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W140727 10-in. 6/26/1925 Angry Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W140728 10-in. 6/26/1925 Page Mr. Handy Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W140731 10-in. 6/27/1925 So that's the kind of a girl you are? Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 169 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gillham, Art," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110519.

Gillham, Art. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110519.

"Gillham, Art." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110519

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