Larry Shay (né Lawrence Fredrick Schaetzlein; 10 August 1897 Chicago – 22 February 1988 Newport Beach, California) was an American songwriter.
Shay was born in Chicago, Illinois. While still young, he studied the piano at the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He eventually moved to New York City to become a songwriter. His first composition was "Do You, Don't You, Will You, Won't You," published in 1923. In 1925 he joined ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), and remained a member for 63 years. In 1929 he co-authored his most famous song, "When You're Smiling" (As with many other of his songs, this was a collaboration with Joe Goodwin and Mark Fisher; see Shay, Fisher, and Goodwin).
In the 1930s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hired him to become their music director and Shay and his wife Doris moved from New York to Hollywood. In that capacity, he hired Bing Crosby, who was paid $50 a day by MGM for his first picture.
He published over 300 songs in his life. He died in Newport Beach, California. He had a daughter, Dawn Russum, who is now president of the Channel Cities Jazz Society in Ventura, California.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 10th, 1897 (Chicago), Died February 22nd, 1988 (Newport Beach)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, vocalist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 210 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-29071||10-in.||12/7/1923||You're in Kentucky sure as you're born||Garber-Davis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29515||10-in.||2/15/1924||You're in Kentucky sure as you're born||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with piano and ukulele||composer|
|Victor||B-30527||10-in.||7/23/1924||Only a rose (On the street of gold and sorrow)||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with cello and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-30729||10-in.||8/28/1924||That's Georgia||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-30884||10-in.||10/3/1924||Too tired||Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-30976||10-in.||1/21/1924||Sure as you're born||"Pep" Carleton Barnard and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-31454||10-in.||11/26/1924||Too tired||Mitchell Brothers||Male vocal duet, with 2 banjos (self-accompaniment)||composer|
|Victor||B-32069||10-in.||3/9/1925||I like pie, I like cake, but I like you best of all||Edwin J. McEnelly Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||B-32091||10-in.||3/12/1925||What a life (When no one loves you)||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with viola, guitar, and ukulele||composer|
|Victor||B-32225||10-in.||3/19/1925||What a life (When no one loves you)||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||composer|
|Victor||BVE-32719||10-in.||5/29/1925||By the light of the stars||Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33111||10-in.||7/27/1925||By the light of the stars||Charlie Farrell ; Jim Miller||Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandola||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33337||10-in.||8/21/1925||I'm knee deep in daisies (And head over heels in love)||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33366||10-in.||9/4/1925||By the light of the stars||Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33397||10-in.||9/21/1925||I'm knee deep in daisies (And head over heels in love)||Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33532||10-in.||10/1/1925||What do we care if it's one o'clock (Or two, or three, or four)||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34020||10-in.||12/4/1925||Tie me to your apron strings again||Alma Rotter||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34040||10-in.||12/17/1925||Tie me to your apron strings again||Jack Chapman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34047||10-in.||12/18/1925||Tie me to your apron strings again||Brox Sisters||Female vocal trio, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34393||10-in.||2/4/1926||Nothing else to do (But sit around and think of you)||Jean Goldkette Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35055||10-in.||3/12/1926||Nothing else to do but sit around and think about you||Russo and Fiorito's Oriole Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36237||10-in.||9/14/1926||I'd love to call you my sweetheart||Ben Pollack's Californians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36402||10-in.||9/24/1926||I'd love to call you my sweetheart||Greta Woodson||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36438||10-in.||10/1/1926||I'd love to call you my sweetheart||Owen A. Bartlett ; Jesse Crawford ; Jean Goldkette's Book-Cadillac Hotel Orchestra||Pipe organ solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36872||10-in.||10/26/1926||I'd love to call you my sweetheart||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shay, Larry," accessed January 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111661.
Shay, Larry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111661.
"Shay, Larry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 January 2021.
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