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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 151-171 of 171 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W151145 10-in. 1/5/1931 If you're happy, I'll be glad Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with alto saxophone and piano songwriter, vocalist  
Columbia W151272 10-in. 2/4/1931 Something reminds me of you Art Gillham Male vocal solo songwriter, vocalist  
Columbia W151273 10-in. 2/4/1931 If you haven't got a girl Art Gillham Male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151415 10-in. 3/12/1931 Another broken heart Art Gillham Male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151416 10-in. 3/12/1931 As long as we have each other Art Gillham Male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151551 10-in. 5/12/1931 You are the rose of my heart Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W151552 10-in. 5/12/1931 You treat me like a baby Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia W151571 10-in. 5/26/1931 Just a minute more to say goodbye Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
OKeh S-72060 10-in. Nov. 1923 Mean blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-72371 10-in. Mar. 1924 Days of yesterday Emerson Gill Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh W81821 10-in. 11/14/1927 Hesitation blues Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble songwriter  
OKeh W81834 10-in. 11/17/1927 Things that remind me of you Frank Salt Male vocal solo, with banjo songwriter  
OKeh W400097 10-in. 2/18/1928 Now I won't be blue Nita Mitchell Female vocal solo, with clarinet and piano lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C1896 10-in. 4/27/1928 Hesitation blues Reaves White County Ramblers ; Loyd Reaves Instrumental quartet, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick C2572 10-in. 11/15/1928 The deacon told me I was good Mary Williams Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick C2896 10-in. 1/31/1929 The deacon told me I was good Mary Williams Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C3736 10-in. 6/26/1929 Somewhere there’s someone John Wahlstedt Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick C6497 10-in. 11/7/1930 Just forget Freddie Rose Male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick MEM804 10-in. Feb. 1930 Hesitation blues Jim Jackson Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Brunswick E22873-E22875 10-in. 5/2/1927 Hesitation blues Al Bernard ; Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 6621 10-in. 2/14/1919 Hesitation blues Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
(Results 151-171 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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