Marty Symes

Marty Symes (1904–1953) was an American lyricist.

Symes was born in Brooklyn New York in 1904. His first significant collaborator was composer Jerry Livingston. In 1932 they wrote "Darkness on the Delta", which became a hit for Mildred Bailey. The next year the Casa Loma Orchestra recorded their "Under a Blanket of Blue" and "It's the Talk of the Town", both co-written with Al J. Neiburg.

In 1936, Symes wrote the lyrics for Isham Jones's hit "There Is No Greater Love". It has been recorded by Guy Lombardo, Billie Holiday, Al Hibbler and many other artists and is considered a jazz standard.

Nino Rota used Symes's "I Have But One Heart", composed by Johnny Farrow, in the 1972 film The Godfather.

Symes died in Forest Hills, New York in 1953.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 30th, 1904

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 48 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-74702 10-in. 12/16/1932 (When it's) Darkness on the Delta Isham Jones Orchestra ; Eddie Stone Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-75735 10-in. 4/6/1933 It's Sunday down in Caroline Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-76014 10-in. 4/14/1933 It's Sunday down in Caroline Paul Tremaine Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-76469 10-in. 6/15/1933 Under a blanket of blue Florence Case ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-76573 10-in. 7/6/1933 Under a blanket of blue George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Barry Wells Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-77358 10-in. 12/14/1933 In other words we're through Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-77437 10-in. 8/8/1933 It's the talk of the town Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-77518 10-in. 8/21/1933 It's the talk of the town Dick Robertson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-78152 10-in. 10/11/1933 When the last rose of summer whispers goodbye Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-78610 10-in. 11/3/1933 Chimes in the chapel New Englanders ; Barney Rapp ; Eddie Ryan Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-80729 10-in. 8/24/1934 Learning Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-81307 10-in. 1/24/1934 In other words—we're through Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-81373 10-in. 2/8/1934 Ol' Pappy Sid Peltyn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-81630 10-in. 2/8/1934 Ol' Pappy Biltmore Trio Vocal and instrumental trio songwriter  
Victor BS-82551 10-in. 5/24/1934 Don't let it happen again Don Bestor Orchestra ; Joy Lynne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-83983 10-in. 3/15/1935 Twenty-four hours in Georgia Taft School Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-84460 10-in. 10/8/1934 Learning Eddie Stone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-86087 10-in. 12/5/1934 In a blue and pensive mood Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-86240 10-in. 11/23/1934 I've got an invitation to a dance Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-86242 10-in. 11/23/1934 Where there's smoke—there's fire Al Mitchell Orchestra ; Bill Briordy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-86265 10-in. 11/26/1934 Where there's smoke—there's fire Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-86408 10-in. 12/7/1934 I've got an invitation to a dance Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-87232 10-in. 1/2/1935 In a blue and pensive mood Hal Davis Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-87359 10-in. 1/12/1935 In a blue and pensive mood Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-91058 10-in. 5/22/1935 Star gazing Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 48 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Symes, Marty," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112580.

Symes, Marty. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112580.

"Symes, Marty." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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