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 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist
|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|
|Victor||BS-040685||10-in.||8/28/1939||Angry||Carl Lorch Orchestra ; Shirley Dean||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|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||C2744||10-in.||1/3/1929||Angry||Bob Nolan ; Ray Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mecum, Dudley," accessed April 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111780.
Mecum, Dudley. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111780.
"Mecum, Dudley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 April 2021.
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