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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 151-175 of 216 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-70864 10-in. Sept. 1922 Rocking horse parade Hager's Concert Orchestra Orchestra leader, composer  
OKeh S-70986 10-in. Nov. 1922 Jokes Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71007 10-in. Nov. 1922 Waltz of love Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71164 10-in. Jan. 1923 Echoes of the dance Sibyl Sanderson Fagan ; Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling composer  
OKeh S-71175 10-in. Jan. 1923 April sighs Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-71713 10-in. Aug. 1923 Gloria Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band, with piano solo composer  
OKeh S-71734 10-in. Aug. 1923 The swaying narcissus Sybil Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with string orchestra composer  
OKeh S-72393 10-in. Mar. 1924 Sundown in Birdland Unique Trio Vocal and instrumental trio, with whistling and bird calls songwriter  
OKeh S-72529 10-in. May 1924 The Unky Unky Sextette Band National Male Quartet Male vocal quartet, with banjo and drums songwriter  
OKeh 80195 10-in. 10/26/1926 Parade of the animals OKeh Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
OKeh [OK cat 1174-B] 10-in. approximately 1918 The little whistler Henry Burr ; Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Female-male vocal duet composer  
OKeh [OK cat 1259-b] 10-in. approximately Apr,-Aug 1919 I wish I could OKeh Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick 9112 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Swanee smiles Oriole Terrace Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 10840-10842 10-in. 6/14/1923 The woodland flirt Margaret McKee Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 14154-14157 10-in. 11/7/1924 Danse hongroise Frank E. Banta ; Rudy Wiedoeft Saxophone solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick 14567-14568 10-in. 1/5/1925 The boy and the birds Margaret McKee Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E29558 10-in. Mar. 1929 The bird and the saxophone Brunswick Concert Orchestra ; Louis Katzman ; Margaret McKee Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E29559 10-in. Mar. 1929 The bird at the waterfall Brunswick Concert Orchestra ; Louis Katzman ; Margaret McKee Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E17893-E17896 10-in. 2/9/1926 Gloria Rudy Wiedoeft Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Edison 5005 10-in. 9/19/1916 Christmas morning with the kiddies Peerless Orchestra Descriptive scene, with Instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 5006 10-in. 9/19/1916 Toy shop symphony Peerless Orchestra Descriptive scene, with Instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 5679 10-in. 7/12/1917 When Johnny marches away New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 5680 10-in. 7/12/1917 Under the red, white and blue triangle New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 6370 10-in. 9/23/1918 Hiawatha Sodero's Band Band composer  
Edison 6451 10-in. between 11/6/1918 and 11/8/1918 Sundown in Birdland Sibyl Sanderson Fagan ; Harvey Wilson Tenor vocal solo, with whistling and orchestra songwriter  
(Results 151-175 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.

"Hager, Frederick W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 April 2021.

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