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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, Died June 6th, 1961

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 26-50 of 171 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W140732 10-in. 6/27/1925 Cecilia Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W140733 10-in. 6/27/1925 Feelin' kind o' blue Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W140734 10-in. 6/29/1925 Words of love Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W140735 10-in. 6/29/1925 Loving just you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W140736 10-in. 6/29/1925 If you leave me I'll never cry Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141156 10-in. 10/19/1925 Five foot two, eyes of blue Art Gillham ; Lanin's Red Heads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W141157 10-in. 10/19/1925 Let me call you sweetheart Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141158 10-in. 10/19/1925 Let us waltz as we say goodbye Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141159 10-in. 10/19/1925 Hello little girl of my dreams Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141165 10-in. 10/20/1925 Mean blues Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141166 10-in. 10/20/1925 Just waiting for you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, composer  
Columbia W141167 10-in. 10/20/1925 Don't let me stand in your way Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W141168 10-in. 10/20/1925 Where can I find you? Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141172 10-in. 10/21/1925 She's my gal Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141173 10-in. 10/21/1925 You're more than a pal to me Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141174 10-in. 10/21/1925 Bam Bam Bamy shore Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141190 10-in. 10/24/1925 I'm sitting on top of the world Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141191 10-in. 10/24/1925 Little southern pal of mine Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W141192 10-in. 10/24/1925 Memphis blues Art Gillham Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W141802 10-in. 3/16/1926 In your green hat Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141803 10-in. 3/16/1926 Let's make up Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141804 10-in. 3/16/1926 You're the one I'm looking for Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with tuba and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141805 10-in. 3/16/1926 I can't keep you out of my dreams Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with tuba and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141814 10-in. 3/17/1926 I'd climb the highest mountain if I knew I'd find you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with tuba and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141815 10-in. 3/17/1926 He ain't done right by Nell Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with tuba and piano vocalist  
(Results 26-50 of 171 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gillham, Art," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110519.

Gillham, Art. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110519.

"Gillham, Art." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

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

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