Dudley Mecum

Dudley Mecum (1896–1978) was an American pianist, vocalist and songwriter. He was based in Chicago and had a musical group, Dudley Mecum's Wolverines. In the 1920s he also performed with a number of other ensembles such as Merritt Brunies and his Friar's Inn Orchestra. Mecum wrote the lyrics for the song "Angry" which was composed by Merritt Brunies, Henry Brunies, and Jules Cassard in 1925. By 1929 Mecum had become a full-time songwriter. His other published pieces included "How's Your Folks and My Folks", recorded by the pianist and vocalist Art Gillham while testing new electric microphone technology, "I've Got the Blues for Tennessee", co-written by Mecum with Cal DeVoll and Wallace Bradley.

Mecum also performed as vocalist on the popular recording of the tune "42nd Street" by the Don Bestor orchestra in 1933.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1896, Died 1978

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33045 10-in. 7/1/1925 How's your folks and my folks (down in Norfolk town) The Happiness Boys Male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  
Victor BVE-33451 10-in. 10/6/1925 Angry Wendell W. Hall Male vocal solo, with violin and piano lyricist  
Victor ESHQ-72893 8-in. 6/14/1932 Gee but I hate to say goodnight Jim Harkins and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-75323 10-in. 2/26/1933 Forty-second Street Don Bestor Orchestra ; Dudley Mecum Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-102663 10-in. 6/16/1936 I'm saving Saturday night for you Cliff Carlisle Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar, steel guitar, and string bass songwriter  
Columbia 80380 10-in. 6/7/1922 If I had my way, pretty baby Happy Six Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 140395 10-in. 2/25/1925 How's your folks & my folks Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Columbia W140727 10-in. 6/26/1925 Angry Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W143372 10-in. 1/31/1927 Lazy river (Flowing to the Southland) The Cavaliers ; Lewis James ; Elliott Shaw Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
Columbia W144050 10-in. 4/26/1927 Twiddlin' my thumbs Art Gillham ; Southland Syncopators Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia W144980 10-in. 11/15/1927 I'm saving Saturday night for you Mona Motor Oil Twins Male vocal duet, with guitar songwriter  
OKeh 9414 10-in. Oct. 1925 Angry Arcadian Serenaders Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick C1134-C1136 10-in. 9/6/1927 I’m saving Saturday night for you The Morgan-Clark Music Masters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick C1140-C1141 10-in. 9/6/1927 I’m saving Saturday night for you The Morgan-Clark Music Masters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Edison 1573 10-in. 7/26/1922 If I had my way, pretty baby Ernest L. Stevens Trio ; John Sorin Saxophone, banjo, piano, and Chinese block composer  
Edison 10505 10-in. 7/17/1925 How's your folks and my folks (Down in Norfolk Town) The Happiness Boys Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mecum, Dudley," accessed August 15, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111780.

Mecum, Dudley. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111780.

"Mecum, Dudley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 15 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111780

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