Clay Boland

Clay Boland was a dentist and composer of popular songs. He was born October 25, 1903 in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, USA.

He studied dentistry at the University of Philadelphia. In 1924, he won a university competition for a prom song with a composition entitled Dreary Weather. He then composed music for the university's Mask and Wig Club, collaborating especially with lyricist Moe Jaffe in writing the songs for many of their shows. He also performed as a pianist with leading big bands of the era and was noted for his skills as an arranger. He subsequently practised as a dentist in Ardmore, Pennsylvania but continued to compose and participate as a partner in the music publishing business.

During World War 2, he served as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy's Dental Corps, and was called up again for active duty in 1950 at the time of the Korean War.

In later life, he lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey and died on 23 July 1963, aged 59, in the Naval Hospital of St. Albans, Queens.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 25th, 1903, Died January 1st, 1963

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 61 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30147 10-in. 5/29/1924 Dreary weather Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-30560 10-in. 8/12/1924 Dreary weather Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring ; Tom Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-34661 10-in. 3/2/1926 Medley fox trot from 'A sale and a sailor' International Novelty Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-34940 10-in. 3/9/1926 Gems from A sale and a sailor Mask and Wig Glee Chorus Male vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-37857 10-in. 3/21/1927 Hoot mon Mask and Wig Glee Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BVE-38170 10-in. 3/15/1927 We'll paddle our canoe Victor Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BVE-43399 10-in. 3/26/1928 He ain't never been to college The Happiness Boys Male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  
Victor BS-76859 10-in. 8/4/1933 We're the boys from I. O. U. Al and Pete Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor BS-100502 10-in. 4/27/1936 Too good to be true Benny Goodman Trio ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance trio, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-101064 10-in. 4/6/1936 When you love Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance trio, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-03032 10-in. 11/10/1936 An apple a day Barry McKinley ; Ruby Newman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-03242 10-in. 11/17/1936 An apple a day Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-03243 10-in. 11/17/1936 Something has happened to me Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011362 10-in. 7/21/1937 The morning after Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-017063 10-in. 11/17/1937 The gypsy in my soul Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-017064 10-in. 11/17/1937 I live the life I love Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-017731 10-in. 12/17/1937 I live the life I love Stuart Allen ; Essex House Orchestra ; Richard Himber Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor PBS-019422 10-in. 7/11/1938 Stop beatin' 'round the mulberry bush Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-024472 10-in. 8/8/1938 You got me Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-024493 10-in. 8/12/1938 When I go a dreamin' Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-025330 10-in. 8/17/1938 Ya got me Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-025331 10-in. 8/17/1938 (Be it ever so thrilling) There's no place like your arms Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-026584 10-in. 9/2/1938 Stop beatin' 'round the mulberry bush Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-026641 10-in. 8/25/1938 (Be it ever so thrilling) There's no place like your arms Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-026643 10-in. 8/25/1938 When I go a dreamin' Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
(Results 1-25 of 61 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Boland, Clay," accessed August 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111611.

Boland, Clay. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111611.

"Boland, Clay." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111611

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