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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 101-125 of 171 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W145539 10-in. 1/17/1928 The hours I spent with you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W145553 10-in. 1/19/1928 Think of me, thinking of you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with harmonola vocalist  
Columbia W145562 10-in. 1/23/1928 I'm just a rollin' stone Barrel-House Pete Piano solo songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145563 10-in. 1/23/1928 Pussy Barrel-House Pete Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia 145645 10-in. 2/15/1928 Now I won't be blue Joe Davis Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia W145676 10-in. 2/23/1928 I found you out when I found you in (Somebody else's arms) Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W146181 10-in. 4/24/1928 St. Louis blues Barrel-House Pete Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146182 10-in. 4/24/1928 Memphis blues Barrel-House Pete Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146183 10-in. 4/24/1928 Some of these days Barrel-House Pete Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146184 10-in. 4/24/1928 Hesitation blues Barrel-House Pete Piano solo composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146845 10-in. 8/15/1928 It's never too late to be sorry Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W146846 10-in. 8/15/1928 My heart cries out for you Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, composer  
Columbia W146847 10-in. 8/15/1928 You can't take my mem'ries from me Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W146848 10-in. 8/16/1928 The lamp of Aladdin Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W146849 10-in. 8/16/1928 Right or wrong Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W146850 10-in. 8/16/1928 Somebody else may be telling her something (She'd love to hear from you) Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W148008 10-in. 2/28/1929 Some sweet day Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W148009 10-in. 2/28/1929 I love you—I love you—love you (Sweetheart of all my dreams) Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W148019 10-in. 3/5/1929 Two little rooms Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W148020 10-in. 3/5/1929 Somewhere there's someone Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W148025 10-in. 3/5/1929 You've made my dreams come true Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W148034 10-in. 3/6/1929 I'm gonna go back to my Swanee River home Art Gillham Male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W148035 10-in. 3/6/1929 Tell me there's hope for me Art Gillham Male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W148036 10-in. 3/6/1929 What wouldn't I do Art Gillham Male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W148041 10-in. 3/7/1929 I'm nobody's baby Art Gillham Male vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 101-125 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.

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

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