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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 126-150 of 216 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-7925 10-in. May 1921 The waltz of love Ferera and Franchini Guitar and steel guitar duet composer  
OKeh o-8166 10-in. ca. Apr. 1921 The clock of love Lanin’s Roseland Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70061 10-in. July 1921 Bronco trot Hager Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh S-70064 10-in. July 1921 Mule blues (The hee haw!) Tampa Blue Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70071 10-in. Aug. 1921 Old Blue Hager Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh S-70076 10-in. Aug. 1921 I want a jazzy kiss Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-70101 10-in. Aug. 1921 Sax-o-phoney blues Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70117 10-in. Aug. 1921 If you want me, whistle Black and White Melody Boys ; Ray Miller Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70230 10-in. Oct. 1921 On the old bob sled Shannon Four Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
OKeh S-70262 10-in. Oct. 1921 Christmas memories Hager's Concert Orchestra Orchestra and brass quartet leader, composer  
OKeh S-70304 10-in. Nov. 1921 Sax-o-phoney blues Tampa Blue Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70348 10-in. Dec. 1921 Hawaiian starlight Blue Diamond Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70381 10-in. Dec. 1921 Dear old melodies no. 1 Shannon Four Male vocal quartet, with orchestra arranger  
OKeh S-70394 10-in. Dec. 1921 The woodland flirt Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
OKeh S-70395 10-in. Dec. 1921 The great red moon Sibyl Sanderson Fagan ; Gounod Quartet ; Hager's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet and whistling (bird voices) leader, songwriter  
OKeh S-70419 10-in. Jan. 1922 Dear old melodies no. 1 Shannon Four Male vocal quartet, with orchestra arranger  
OKeh S-70420 10-in. Jan. 1922 Dear old melodies no. 2 Shannon Four Male vocal quartet, with orchestra arranger  
OKeh S-70425 10-in. Jan. 1922 Carnival night Crescent Trio ; Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo and male vocal trio, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-70476 10-in. Feb. 1922 Under the mulberry tree Crescent Trio ; Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo and male vocal trio, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-70586 10-in. Apr. 1922 Kiss me by wireless Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70658 10-in. May 1922 Uncle Josh on the radio Byron G. Harlan Monologue author  
OKeh S-70729 10-in. June 1922 Mamie Smith blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70812 10-in. Aug. 1922 Swanee smiles Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70824 10-in. Aug. 1922 Sighin' around with the blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70850 10-in. Sept. 1922 Grandma's music box Ring and Company Instrumental ensemble composer  
(Results 126-150 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.

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