Lester O’Keefe

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1896

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1941

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

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-34386 10-in. 2/2/1926 If you believe in me (As I believe in you) Charles Dornberger Orchestra Jazz/dance band (takes 1-5); with male vocal solo (takes 6-8) vocalist  
Victor BVE-34698 10-in. 3/11/1926 When you're away Charles Dornberger Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BVE-35752 10-in. 7/8/1926 Adorable Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet lyricist  
Victor BVE-37186 10-in. 12/28/1926 Cheritza Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-38184 10-in. 3/18/1927 Honolulu moon Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo (takes 5-7 only) (Hawaiian) composer  
Victor BVE-38794 10-in. 5/27/1927 Honolulu moon The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-40679 10-in. 11/1/1927 Old fashioned locket Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-43320 10-in. 3/5/1928 Old fashioned locket Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-62646 10-in. 6/10/1930 My sweetheart serenade Charles Dameron ; Henry Thies Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-67446 10-in. 2/16/1931 With all my heart Paul Small ; The Troubadours Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor CS-73318 12-in. 8/24/1932 In my garden Richard Crooks ; William Merrigan Daly Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BS-034651 10-in. 5/4/1939 Who'll buy my bublitchki? Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-071082 10-in. 10/2/1941 Old fashioned locket Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin composer  
Victor BVE-Test-1039 10-in. 1/22/1931 With all my heart Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W142308 10-in. 6/17/1926 Adorable The Harmonizers Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W143506 10-in. 2/21/1927 Honolulu moon Dorothea Ponce ; Ethel Ponce Female vocal duet, with steel guitar and piano (takes 1-3); with alto saxophone, steel guitar, and piano (takes 4-7) composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144025 10-in. 4/12/1927 (Underneath the) Weeping willow Mal Hallett Orchestra ; Arthur Thomas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W144036 10-in. 4/18/1927 Honolulu moon Joe Candullo and his Orchestra ; Irving Kaufman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144235 10-in. 5/31/1927 Honolulu moon Clicquot Club Eskimos ; Vaughn De Leath ; Harry Reser ; Tom Stacks Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144646 10-in. 9/8/1927 Lolita Don Voorhees Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W146483 10-in. 6/23/1928 Underneath the weeping willow Bert Bennett ; John Dallavo Male vocal duet, with guitar lyricist  
Columbia W146911 10-in. 8/27/1928 Old fashioned locket Russ Carlson ; Tommy Weir Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W147115 10-in. 10/8/1928 Jane Arthur Ross and his Westerners ; Irving Kaufman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W149316 10-in. 10/31/1929 Honolulu moon McMichen's Melody Men 2 fiddles (violins) and steel guitar, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W152280 10-in. 8/17/1932 Cinderella's wedding day Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W80495 10-in. 3/4/1927 Underneath the weeping willow Everglades Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W81092 10-in. 5/19/1927 Honolulu moon Noel Taylor ; Will Perry Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh W402317 10-in. 3/14/1929 Honolulu moon Scottdale String Band String band composer  
Brunswick 4095 10-in. approximately Aug. 1920 Songs of long ago Lester O’Keefe Male vocal solo and mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E16775-E16778 10-in. 10/27/1925 Freshie Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick E18527-E18529 10-in. 3/24/1926 Sympathy waltz Franklyn Baur ; Elliott Shaw Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick C5854 10-in. June 1930 My sweetheart serenade Tom Gerun Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick C209-C211 10-in. 4/23/1926 Adorable Nick Lucas Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist  
Brunswick E27817 10-in. 7/2/1928 Old fashioned locket Wendell W. Hall Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick XE27935 12-in. 7/31/1928 Pinafore Brunswick Light Opera Company Solo vocalists and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE27936 12-in. 7/31/1928 Pinafore Brunswick Light Opera Company Solo vocalists and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE28080 12-in. 8/14/1928 Pinafore Brunswick Light Opera Company Solo vocalists and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE28428 12-in. 9/27/1928 Pinafore Brunswick Light Opera Company Solo vocalists and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E28519 10-in. 10/5/1928 Linger Longer Lane Waikiki Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E29305 10-in. 2/19/1929 Naughty eyes Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E29961 10-in. May 1929 In a little love canoe Castlewood Marimba Band Marimba band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick C679-C684 10-in. 2/18/1927 Honolulu moon Lew White Pipe organ solo composer  
Brunswick E17425-E17428 10-in. 1/11/1926 Smile a little bit Jack Denny Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E17626-E17628 10-in. 1/21/1926 Smile a little bit Jack Denny Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E18521-E18522 10-in. 3/23/1926 Honolulu moon Marsh McCurdy Organ solo composer  
Brunswick E18592-E18594 10-in. 3/29/1926 My own Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E18650-E18652 10-in. 4/2/1926 Honolulu moon Marsh McCurdy Organ solo composer  
Brunswick E18719-E18721 10-in. 4/8/1926 Honolulu moon Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E18936-E18938 10-in. 4/28/1926 Adorable Casa Lopez Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick XE19516-XE19518 12-in. 6/10/1926 Poor little Marie Franklyn Baur Tenor vocal solo and male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE19519-XE19521 12-in. 6/10/1926 Toodle-oo Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo and male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE19552½-XE19555 12-in. 6/12/1926 No foolin’ Male vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE19556-XE19557 12-in. 6/12/1926 Florida moon Male vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE19558-XE19561 12-in. 6/14/1926 Wasn’t it nice Male vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE19572-XE19573 12-in. 6/15/1926 Florida, the moon and you Franklyn Baur Tenor vocal solo and male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE19574-XE19576 12-in. 6/15/1926 Cocktail blues Male vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E19614-E19617 10-in. 6/19/1926 Finale Male vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E19738-E19740 10-in. 7/12/1926 Cheritza Regent Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E19799-E19801 10-in. 7/19/1926 Calling me home Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick E19802-E19804 10-in. 7/19/1926 Someone is losin’ Susan Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick XE19834-XE19836 12-in. 7/20/1926 The merrymakers in Spain The Merrymakers Male vocal quartet, with mixed vocal ensemble and orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick XE19850-XE19852 12-in. 7/21/1926 The merrymakers in Hawaii The Merrymakers Male vocal quartet, with mixed vocal ensemble and orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E20010-E20011 10-in. 9/2/1926 Ya gotta know how to love Clevelanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick E20102-E20103 10-in. 9/13/1926 New moon Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick E20104-E20105 10-in. 9/13/1926 Kiss me (And then say goodnight) Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick E20170-E20171 10-in. 9/15/1926 Cheritza Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E20182-E20183 10-in. 9/16/1926 I’ll fly to Hawaii Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E20184-E20185 10-in. 9/16/1926 That’s my girl Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick [E20223-E20224a] 10-in. 9/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E20275-E20276 10-in. 9/27/1926 I’ll fly to Hawaii Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E20277-E20278 10-in. 9/27/1926 That’s my girl Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick XE20380-XE20381 12-in. 10/11/1926 Brunswick demonstration record Mixed vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick XE20449-XE20451 12-in. 10/19/1926 Brunswick demonstration record, pt. 1 Mixed vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E20498-E20499 10-in. 10/23/1926 Just a little longer Park Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick E20500-E20501 10-in. 10/23/1926 Idolizing Park Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Brunswick E20746-E20748 10-in. 11/18/1926 Leander Park Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E20750-E20752 10-in. 11/18/1926 Someone Park Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E20931-E20933 10-in. 12/13/1926 Muddy water Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E20934-E20936 10-in. 12/13/1926 Angel eyes Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E21459-E21461 10-in. 2/9/1927 Underneath the weeping willow Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist  
Brunswick E21483-E21485 10-in. 2/10/1927 Underneath the weeping willow Nick Lucas Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist  
Brunswick E21527-E21529 10-in. 2/17/1927 Underneath the weeping willow Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist  
Brunswick E22513-E22514 10-in. 4/19/1927 On the hills over there Blue Ridge Gospel Singers Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E22523-E22524 10-in. 4/20/1927 On the hills over there Blue Ridge Gospel Singers Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E22525-E22526 10-in. 4/20/1927 My loved ones are waiting for me Blue Ridge Gospel Singers Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E22527-E22528 10-in. 4/20/1927 I’m alone in this world Blue Ridge Gospel Singers Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E22529-E22530 10-in. 4/20/1927 I’m going home to die no more Blue Ridge Gospel Singers Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E22531-E22532 10-in. 4/20/1927 O why not tonight? Blue Ridge Gospel Singers Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E22537-E22539 10-in. 4/20/1927 ‘Twill be glory bye and bye Blue Ridge Gospel Singers Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E23019½-E23020 10-in. 5/6/1927 A soul winner for Jesus Old Southern Sacred Singers Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist  
Brunswick E23021-E23023 10-in. 5/6/1927 Going down the valley one by one Old Southern Sacred Singers Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist  
Brunswick E23024-E23026 10-in. 5/6/1927 Onward, Christian soldiers Old Southern Sacred Singers Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist  
Brunswick E24520-E24522 10-in. 9/23/1927 Honolulu moon Blackstone Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick E25485-E25486 10-in. 12/9/1927 Linger Longer Lane Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E25706-E25707 10-in. 12/20/1927 Old fashioned locket Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick E25826-E25828 10-in. 1/3/1928 Linger Longer Lane Regent Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (E25828) composer  
Brunswick E26715-E26716 10-in. 2/28/1928 Yeedle deedle Lena The Record Boys Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick E26717-E26718 10-in. 2/28/1928 Hokum smokum yodelin’ Indian man The Record Boys Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick E26719-E26720 10-in. 2/28/1928 Mock the mocking bird The Record Boys Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick E26721-E26722 10-in. 2/28/1928 Try to behave, Mister Moon The Record Boys Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick [Unnumbered 1926-05-27] Not documented 5/27/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Ziegfeld’s Chorus vocalist  
Edison 9976 10-in. 1/28/1925 Eyes of love Lester O’Keefe Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Edison 10888 10-in. 3/19/1926 Sympathy waltz (Just a bit of sympathy) Walter Scanlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 11166 10-in. 8/12/1926 Adorable Golden Gate Orchestra ; John Ryan Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 11590 10-in. 3/21/1927 Honolulu moon Crawford Adams ; Claude Garreau Violin solo, with piano composer  
Edison 11967 10-in. 10/19/1927 Mock the mocking bird The Record Boys Male vocal trio, with orchestra vocalist  
Edison 11968 10-in. 10/19/1927 Try to behave, Mister Moon The Record Boys Male vocal trio, with orchestra vocalist  
Edison 18140 10-in. 12/28/1927 Honolulu moon Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Vocalion E1671-E1674 10-in. 11/11/1925 Show me the way to go home Park Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E1712-E1715 10-in. 11/13/1925 Hokey pokey (Diddle dee rum) Tuxedo Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E1720-E1723 10-in. 11/16/1925 There ain't no flies on Auntie Tuxedo Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E1932-E1934 10-in. 12/15/1925 There ain't no flies on Auntie Tuxedo Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E2467-E2469 10-in. 2/17/1926 Sympathy waltz Windsor Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E2683-E2685 10-in. 3/23/1926 Sleepy bye Night Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E2686-E2688 10-in. 3/23/1926 I wish you were jealous of me Night Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E2704-E2706 10-in. 3/29/1926 Let’s grow old together Night Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E2731-E2733 10-in. 4/9/1926 Adorable Frivolity Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Vocalion E2897-E2899 10-in. 4/23/1926 What was I to do Al Goering's Collegians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Vocalion E2976-E2978 10-in. 5/4/1926 Honolulu moon Night Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Vocalion E2988-E2990 10-in. 5/5/1926 Hello, aloha! How are you? Windsor Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E2991-E2993 10-in. 5/5/1926 No foolin' Windsor Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E3019-E3021 10-in. 5/10/1926 What was I to do Al Goering's Collegians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Vocalion E3030-E3031 10-in. 5/12/1926 Blue bonnet, you make me feel blue Tuxedo Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E3057-E3059 10-in. 5/14/1926 Adorable Blue Ribbon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Vocalion E3096-E3098 10-in. 5/22/1926 Adorable Blue Ribbon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Vocalion E3301-E3303 10-in. 6/26/1926 You need someone to love Windsor Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3304-E3306 10-in. 6/26/1926 Roses remind me of you Windsor Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3426-E3428 10-in. 7/15/1926 Cheritza Meximarimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Vocalion E3497-E3499 10-in. 7/23/1926 While the years go drifting by Glen Echo Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble vocalist  
Vocalion E3500-E3502 10-in. 7/23/1926 Down on the banks of the old Yazoo Glen Echo Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble vocalist  
Vocalion E3550-E3552 10-in. 7/26/1926 A-roamin’ with you Fleetwood Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Vocalion E3654-E3655 10-in. 8/31/1926 My Hawaiian serenade Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Vocalion E3662-E3663 10-in. 9/2/1926 Ya gotta know how to love The Ambassadors Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3664-E3665 10-in. 9/2/1926 Breezin’ along with the breeze The Ambassadors ; Louis Katzman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3746-E3747 10-in. 9/9/1926 Blame it on the waltz Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3748-E3749 10-in. 9/9/1926 In a little Spanish town ('Twas on a night like this) Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3763-E3764 10-in. 9/13/1926 Breezin’ along with the breeze The Ambassadors Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3860-E3861 10-in. 9/28/1926 Blame it on the waltz Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E3862-E3863 10-in. 9/28/1926 In a little Spanish town ('Twas on a night like this) Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E4096-E4097 10-in. 11/19/1926 I’ve grown so lonesome, thinking of you The Ambassadors Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion E4098-E4099 10-in. 11/19/1926 If I’d only believed in you The Ambassadors Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Vocalion 1088W-1090W 10-in. 8/10/1925 Collegiate Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist  
Vocalion 1091W-1093W 10-in. 8/10/1925 Yes sir! That's my baby Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "O’Keefe, Lester," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112379.

O’Keefe, Lester. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112379.

"O’Keefe, Lester." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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