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|
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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