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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 51-75 of 216 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 218 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 El miserere from Il trovatore Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 218 7-in. ca. 1901 Miserere Artists vary Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia 1571 7-in. ca. 1903 Laughing water Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 1571 10-in. ca. 1903 Laughing water Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 1601 10-in. ca. 1903 Tone pictures of the 71st regiment leaving for Cuba Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 1601 7-in. ca. 1903-Oct. 1905 Tone pictures of the 71st regiment leaving for Cuba Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 19613 10-in. 10/20/1911 Just pushin' round Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 19998 10-in. 6/27/1912 National spirit march Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 38200 10-in. 8/12/1912 The Twilight Express Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 38302 10-in. 9/30/1912 The assembly march Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 38387 10-in. 11/1/1912 A soldier's dream of old home songs Prince's Band Band arranger  
Columbia 38402 10-in. 11/9/1912 Whistling Johnnie patrol Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 39082 10-in. 11/5/1913 The song-thrush Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 45582 10-in. 4/28/1915 American peace march Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 46029 10-in. 9/15/1915 Toy shop symphony Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 46030 10-in. 9/15/1915 Christmas morning with the kiddies Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 46188 10-in. 11/9/1915 Sargent man Collins and Harlan Comic scene and male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46904 10-in. 7/13/1916 When orders come to go Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46936 10-in. 7/21/1916 Rally to the call boys Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 47330 10-in. 1/31/1917 Uncle Sammy's boys in camp Harry E. Humphrey ; Prince's Band Band, with monologue composer  
Columbia 77165 10-in. 6/22/1917 When Johnny marches away Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 77248 10-in. 8/10/1917 Departure of American troops for France Columbia Male Quartette ; Prince's Band Band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Columbia 77249 10-in. 8/11/1917 Arrival of American troops in France Columbia Male Quartette ; Prince's Band Band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Columbia 77298 10-in. 8/29/1917 Our kiddies in Toyland Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 77299 10-in. 8/29/1917 The kiddies Prince's Band Band composer  
(Results 51-75 of 216 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hager, Frederick W.," accessed April 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.

Hager, Frederick W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.

"Hager, Frederick W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 April 2021.

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