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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 31, 1874 (New Milford), Died March 3, 1958 (Dunedin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, violin, songwriter, leader, lyricist, arranger, conductor, author

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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 216 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 77573 10-in. 12/13/1917 The boy and the birds Sibyl Sanderson Fagan ; Prince's Band Band, with bird imitations composer  
Columbia 77581 10-in. 12/15/1917 In the valley of sunshine and roses Henry Burr ; Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Male vocal solo and bird imitations, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 140376 10-in. 1/30/1925 Whistling Bill and the lark Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 140377 10-in. 1/30/1925 The bird and the frog Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 36816 12-in. 11/8/1913 Buttercup schottische Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 36817 12-in. ca. 1913 Violet mazurka Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 36818 12-in. ca. 1913 Daisy dance polka Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 36819 12-in. 11/8/1913 Golden rod galop Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 140421 10-in. 3/10/1925 Happy moments Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling, with male vocal solo, 2 xylophones, orchestra, and barking lyricist, composer  
Columbia 140422 10-in. 3/10/1925 Bells Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling, with male vocal solo, 2 xylophones, and orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia W141977 10-in. 4/16/1926 Dancing dolls Columbia Orchestra Orchestra songwriter  
OKeh 204 10-in. ca. June 1918 OKeh military march Military Band Band composer  
OKeh 230 10-in. ca. July 1918 South American fox trot Rega's Novelty Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 338 10-in. ca. Sept. 1918 Ring out, Liberty Bell Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh 384 10-in. ca. Oct. 1918 The boy and the birds OKeh Concert Band Band composer  
OKeh 412 10-in. ca. Oct. 1918 Below deck rag Van Eps Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
OKeh 440 10-in. approximately Oct. 1918 Sundown in Birdland Sybil Sanderson Fagan ; Harry McClaskey Male vocal solo and whistling solo songwriter  
OKeh 686 10-in. approximately May 1919 My sweet song-bird of the California hills Henry Burr ; Sybil Sanderson Fagan Male vocal solo, with whistling obbligato songwriter  
OKeh S-748 10-in. ca. July 1919 Peter Gink OKeh Dance Band Band conductor  
OKeh S-750 10-in. ca. July 1919 Russian rag OKeh Dance Band Band conductor  
OKeh S-790 10-in. approximately Aug. 1919 The little whistler Sybil Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo composer  
OKeh S-7003 10-in. ca. Sept. 1919 Arizona Mona Conway's Band Band composer  
OKeh S-7005 10-in. ca. Sept. 1919 In my garden of yesterday Samuel Ash Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-7146 10-in. Jan. 1920 "O"—(Oh!) Jack Kaufman ; Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh S-7207 10-in. February 1920 A day in a Florida woodland : Suite Sybil Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 76-100 of 216 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hager, Frederick W.," accessed July 3, 2022,

Hager, Frederick W.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 3, 2022, from

"Hager, Frederick W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 July 2022.

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