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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 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  
(Results 101-125 of 216 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109

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