Richard B. Smith

Richard Bernhard Smith "Dick Smith" (September 29, 1901 – September 29, 1935) was an American composer, who wrote the lyrics to the popular song "Winter Wonderland", which was composed by Felix Bernard.

Smith was born on September 29, 1901, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, the son of Eliza (Brunig) and John H. Smith, a partner with a glass manufacturing plant. His family was Episcopalian. He graduated Honesdale School in 1920, and attended Pennsylvania State College. Smith married Jean Connor, of Scranton, on March 30, 1930. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1931. He succumbed to the disease on September 29, 1935, his thirty-fourth birthday, in Lenox Hill Hospital, New York.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 29th, 1901, Died September 28th, 1935

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter

Notes: Sometimes listed on disc label as Dick Smith.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-82567 10-in. 5/29/1934 The breeze (That's bringin' my honey back to me) Henry King Orchestra ; Joseph Sudy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-83355 10-in. 7/3/1934 The breeze (That's bringing my honey back to me) Anthony Trini ; Village Barn Orchestra [Anthony Trini] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-84749 10-in. 10/23/1934 Winter wonderland Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-85267 10-in. 1/16/1935 I'm keeping those keepsakes you gave me Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Norman Ruvell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-86409 10-in. 12/7/1934 Winter wonderland Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-86464 10-in. 12/17/1934 I thrill when they mention your name Florence Richardson Orchestra ; Jerry Lee Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-87446 10-in. 1/23/1935 I'm keeping those keepsakes you gave me Peggy Healy ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-87644 10-in. 1/21/1935 I'm keeping those keepsakes you gave to me Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Marion Nichols Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-91062 10-in. 5/22/1935 When a Gypsy makes his violin cry Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Richard B.," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114083.

Smith, Richard B.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114083.

"Smith, Richard B.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114083

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