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 25, 1903, Died January 1, 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||lyricist, composer|
|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||lyricist, composer|
|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||lyricist, composer|
|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||lyricist, composer|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Boland, Clay," accessed January 18, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111611.
Boland, Clay. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 18, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111611.
"Boland, Clay." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 18 January 2022.
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