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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 176-200 of 216 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 6569 10-in. 1/16/1919 The little whistler Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6595 10-in. 1/30/1919 The boy and the birds New York Military Band Band composer  
Edison 6769 10-in. 5/6/1919 By the babbling brook Sibyl Sanderson Fagan ; Lewis James Male vocal solo and whistling solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 6919 10-in. 8/28/1919 A day in Toyland Peerless Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 7114 10-in. 1/16/1920 A spring morning Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 7203 10-in. 3/9/1920 Brazilian chimes Crescent Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7425 10-in. 6/25/1920 I want a jazzy kiss Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 7750 10-in. 1/21/1921 The bird and the saxophone Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with saxophone solo and orchestra composer  
Edison 7751 10-in. 1/21/1921 The bird at the waterfall Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with saxophone and orchestra songwriter  
Edison 7839 10-in. 3/11/1921 Molly Black and White Melody Boys ; Ray Miller Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 9110 10-in. 8/1/1923 The woodland flirt Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 9111 10-in. 8/1/1923 April sighs Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 10202 10-in. 2/13/1925 Whistling Bill and the lark Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo songwriter  
Edison 10203 10-in. 2/13/1925 The bird and the frog Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling solo songwriter  
Edison 11633 10-in. 4/7/1927 Bells Crystal Entertainers Male vocal solo, with whistling songwriter  
Edison 11634 10-in. 4/7/1927 Happy moments Crystal Entertainers Male vocal solo, with whistling songwriter, composer, lyricist  
Zonophone 3763 10-in. Before Jan. 1905 La cinquantaine Frederick W. Hager ; Hager's Orchestra Orchestra, with violin solo instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone Y-332 12-in. Spring or summer 1903 Laughing water Victor Band Band composer  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1007] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 The mocking bird Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5825] 9-in. Before Apr. 1904 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Ox cat 5825] 7-in. ca. 1904-1905 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5825] 7-in. Before Apr. 1904 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5832] 9-in. Before Apr. 1904 The mocking bird Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5832] 7-in. Before Apr. 1904 The mocking bird Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9060] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Scene de ballet Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 176-200 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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