Alex Kramer

Alex J. Kramer (May 30, 1903 – February 10, 1998) was a Canadian songwriter.

He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His parents were Adolph and Freda Kramer. At age 17 he was hired as a pianist in a silent movie theater in Montreal. He traveled first to Palm Beach, Florida, joining the Meyer Davis orchestra, and then to Paris and Cannes, before returning to New York City, where he became a radio bandleader. He also worked as an accompanist in nightclubs and in vaudeville.

One of his other musical activities was coaching vocalists in singing techniques, and one of his students was Joan Whitney, who eventually became both his wife and his songwriting partner. Their first hit as a songwriting team was "High on a Windy Hill," which became a No. 1 hit in 1941 for the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.

In 1948, he and his wife started a song publishing firm. However, soon followed the end of the big band era, leading to the collapse of their publishing business. He eventually became associated with the Bourne Music Publishing Company. He also continued to lead an orchestra, conduct on the radio, and serve as an accompanist in night clubs and what remained of the vaudeville business.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 30th, 1903 (Montreal), Died February 10th, 1998

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-055145 10-in. 10/30/1940 So you're the one Janet Blair ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-055217 10-in. 12/11/1940 It all comes back to me now Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-055481 10-in. 3/14/1941 My sister and I Anita Boyer ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-057390 10-in. 11/12/1940 High on a windy hill Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-057683 10-in. 11/28/1940 High on a windy hill Roy Bargy ; Lanny Ross Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-058236 10-in. 12/6/1940 It all comes back to me now Barry Wood Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-062757 10-in. 3/14/1941 My sister and I Bea Wain Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kramer, Alex," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111089.

Kramer, Alex. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111089.

"Kramer, Alex." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111089

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