Frederick W. Hager
Frederick W. Hager (December 31, 1874 - March 3, 1958) was a musician, recording artist, composer, and music director active in the United States between 1895 and 1923.
Hager was born in New Milford, Pennsylvania in 1874 and began studying violin at 8 years old. He received a scholarship to study violin at the National Conservatory, and led his own band in New York City at the age of 21. In 1898 he began recording for Harms, Kaiser and Hagen, a recently formed independent record company based in New York and in September of that year won the Phonoscope gold medal for best violin record for Schumann's Traumerei. He began recording for Edison in 1899 and Zonophone and Columbia in 1900. Between 1900 and 1907 Hager served as a bandleader for Edison (Edison's Concert Band), Zonophone (Hager's Orchestra), and Columbia (Columbia Orchestra, Climax Orchestra) recording hundreds of sides and becoming the nation's leading recording orchestra.
He was composing at the same time, and beginning around 1903 published a number of successful popular songs, including Laughing Water, The Midnight Flyer, and My Ramapoo. He worked in music publishing between 1907 and 1910 before returning to the recording industry as a musical director (choosing artists and repertoire) for several startup companies including the Boston Talking Machine Company, Keen-O-Phone, and Rex Talking Machine. In 1918 he began as musical director for OKeh Records, one of the most successful independent labels of the time. In this role he managed the recording of Mamie Smith's historic recording of Crazy Blues that initiated the "Race Records" craze in the U.S. Hager retired from recording in 1923 to Long Island, New York and died in Dunedin, Florida in 1958.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 31st, 1874 (New Milford), Died March 3rd, 1958 (Dunedin)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, violin, songwriter, leader, lyricist, arranger, conductor, author
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 216 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix C-]2022||12-in.||1903||The midnight flyer||Victor Grand Concert Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]2098||7-in.||3/20/1903||I've got my eyes on you-oo-oo||William H. Thompson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]2098||10-in.||3/20/1903||I've got my eyes on you-oo-oo||W. H. Thompson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3166||10-in.||3/2/1901||On the beach||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||A-755||7-in.||11/30/1903||I've got my eyes on you-oo-oo||W. H. Thompson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-755||10-in.||11/30/1903||I've got my eyes on you-oo-oo||W. H. Thompson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||A-832||7-in.||12/15/1903||Laughing water||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-832||10-in.||12/15/1903||Laughing water||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-832||12-in.||12/5/1904||Laughing water||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||A-1114||7-in.||3/15/1904||Laughing water||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-1841||12-in.||10/27/1904||The midnight Flyer||Victor Band [i.e., Pryor's Band]||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-2941||10-in.||12/12/1905||Gleaming star||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-3790||10-in.||9/13/1906||Passion intermezzo||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4817||10-in.||9/18/1907||Miss Dixie||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-6456||10-in.||9/24/1908||Father is a judge||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12337||10-in.||9/5/1912||National spirit||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-13546||10-in.||7/9/1913||Whistling Johnnies||Conway's Band||Band, with whistling||composer|
|Victor||B-14394||10-in.||1/28/1914||La tordola cantatrice||Vessella's Italian Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-15273||10-in.||10/9/1914||In the land of love with the song birds||Joseph Belmont ; Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra and bird effects||composer|
|Victor||B-17092||10-in.||1/31/1916||When I'm a sargent man||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17094||10-in.||1/31/1916||The Georgia skip||Byron G. Harlan||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-18057||10-in.||7/6/1916||The kiddies||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-18093||10-in.||7/11/1916||Ragtime in a toy shop||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-18983||10-in.||1/12/1917||Daybreak in Dixie||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-19885||10-in.||5/23/1917||Ragtime in a toy shop||Victor Concert Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hager, Frederick W.," accessed January 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.
Hager, Frederick W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.
"Hager, Frederick W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 January 2021.
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