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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 26-50 of 216 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22135 10-in. 7/9/1918 The boy and the birds Conway's Band Band composer  
Victor B-23701 10-in. 1/26/1920 Brazilian chimes Crescent Trio Male vocal trio with violin, celeste, and orchestra composer  
Victor B-26741 10-in. 8/29/1922 Swanee smiles Clyde Doerr Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-28575 10-in. 9/19/1923 The boy and the birds Arthur Pryor's Band Band, with whistling composer  
Victor BS-98008 10-in. 10/31/1935 The theatre of dancing dolls Justin Ring ; Victor Novelty Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-98009 10-in. 10/31/1935 Kiddies on parade Justin Ring ; Victor Novelty Orchestra Orchestra, with dubbed recording composer  
Victor BS-98010 10-in. 10/31/1935 Christmas Eve Justin Ring ; Victor Novelty Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-98011 10-in. 10/31/1935 Grandma's music box Justin Ring ; Victor Novelty Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1919-01-15-03] Not documented 1/15/1919 The little whistler Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling, with piano composer  
Columbia 16 10-in. ca. 1901 Climax march Artists vary Orchestra, with vocal interpolations composer  
Columbia 16 7-in. ca. 1901-Oct. 1905 Climax march Artists vary Orchestra, with vocal interpolations composer  
Columbia 62 7-in. ca. 1901 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 62 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 63 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Träumerei Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 63 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Träumerei Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 66 10-in. ca. 1901 Hungarian dance no. 5 Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 66 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Hungarian dance no. 5 Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 212 10-in. ca. 1901 Schubert's serenade Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 212 7-in. ca. 1901 Schubert's serenade Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 214 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Ballet fantasie Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 214 10-in. ca. 1901 Ballet fantasie Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 216 10-in. ca. 1901 Then you'll remember me Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 216 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Then you'll remember me Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 217 10-in. ca. 1901 Faust : Waltz Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 217 7-in. ca. 1901 Faust : Waltz Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 26-50 of 216 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hager, Frederick W.," accessed April 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.

Hager, Frederick W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.

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