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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 76-100 of 171 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W144045 10-in. 4/25/1927 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with steel guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W144048 10-in. 4/26/1927 That saxophone waltz Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with alto saxophone and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W144049 10-in. 4/26/1927 I crave you Art Gillham ; Southland Syncopators Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Columbia W144050 10-in. 4/26/1927 Twiddlin' my thumbs Art Gillham ; Southland Syncopators Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Columbia W144051 10-in. 4/26/1927 Flutter by, butterfly Art Gillham ; Southland Syncopators Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Columbia W144056 10-in. 4/27/1927 Now I won't be blue Art Gillham ; Southland Syncopators Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, lyricist, vocalist, composer  
Columbia W144057 10-in. 4/27/1927 I'd walk a million miles (To be a little bit nearer to you) Art Gillham ; Southland Syncopators Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Columbia W144058 10-in. 4/27/1927 I love you but I don't know why Art Gillham ; Southland Syncopators Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Columbia W144087 10-in. 5/4/1927 (Don't forget) the pal you left at home Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W144088 10-in. 5/4/1927 I could waltz on forever with you sweetheart Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W144089 10-in. 5/4/1927 What a wonderful night this would be Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W144090 10-in. 5/4/1927 Just before you broke my heart Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, vocalist  
Columbia W144152 10-in. 5/16/1927 I'm longing for my old gal Sal Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W144153 10-in. 5/16/1927 I told you I'd never forget you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W145491 10-in. 1/9/1928 Gee! But I'm blue Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia 145492 10-in. 1/9/1928 Nobody's lonesome but me Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W145493 10-in. 1/9/1928 Just for tonight Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W145499 10-in. 1/10/1928 So tired Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist  
Columbia W145500 10-in. 1/10/1928 You'd rather forget than forgive Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist  
Columbia W145501 10-in. 1/10/1928 In my sweetheart's arms Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with violin and piano songwriter, vocalist  
Columbia W145502 10-in. 1/10/1928 Silver-haired sweetheart Art Gillham Piano solo, with violin instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145505 10-in. 1/11/1928 Chinatown, my Chinatown Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W145506 10-in. 1/11/1928 My heart's aching for my old gal Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W145507 10-in. 1/11/1928 Who gives you all your kisses? Art Gillham Piano solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W145508 10-in. 1/11/1928 I'm just a rollin' stone Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
(Results 76-100 of 171 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gillham, Art," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110519.

Gillham, Art. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110519.

"Gillham, Art." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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