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 101-125 of 216 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||S-7208||10-in.||Feb. 1920||A day in a Florida woodland : Suite||Sybil Sanderson Fagan||Whistling solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-7226||10-in.||Feb. 1920||In the valley of sunshine and roses||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-7227||10-in.||Feb. 1920||Brazilian chimes||Crescent Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-7262||10-in.||Feb. 1920||To follow you, I'll not consent (Until I know which way you went)||Ernest Hare||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|OKeh||S-7292||10-in.||Feb. 1920||There she goes||Rega Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7421||10-in.||May 1920||Echoes of the Marne||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7433||10-in.||May 1920||The boy and the birds||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7523||10-in.||Aug. 1920||Pretty Miss Virginia||All American Five||Jazz/dance ensemble||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7563||10-in.||Sept. 1920||Christmas hymns medley||Croxton Mixed Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra and chimes||arranger|
|OKeh||S-7579||10-in.||Sept. 1920||Ragtime in a toyshop||Conway's Band||Band, with toy and trap effects||composer|
|OKeh||S-7697||10-in.||Nov. 1920||Pitter patter||Hager Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7698||10-in.||Nov. 1920||O-hi-o (O-my-o)||Hager Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7712||10-in.||Dec. 1920||Molly||Black and White Melody Boys ; Ray Miller||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7719||10-in.||Dec. 1920||The bird and the saxophone||Nathan Glantz ; Sybil Sanderson Fagan||Whistling solo, with saxophone and orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-7739||10-in.||Jan. 1921||When cathedral bells at twilight chime||Jane Neilson ; Shannon Four||Male vocal quartet, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7740||10-in.||Jan. 1921||The bird at the waterfall||Sybil Sanderson Fagan||Whistling solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7747||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Oriola||Rega Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7764||10-in.||Feb. 1921||[Unknown title(s)]||Hager's Novelty Orchestra ; Mario Perry||Accordion solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7765||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Biddy||Mario Perry||Accordion solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7766||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Becky from Babylon||Hager's Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7776||Not documented||Feb. 1921||[Unknown title(s)]||Hager's Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7777||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Do you ever think of me||Hager's Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7800||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Happiness||Hager's Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-7840||10-in.||Mar. 1921||Love in lilac time||Peppino ; Mario Perry||Accordion duet||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7923||10-in.||May 1921||The clock of love||Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra [Leo Erdody]||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hager, Frederick W.," accessed April 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.
Hager, Frederick W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 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 April 2021.
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