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Harry A. Yerkes

Harry A. Yerkes was a marimba player, inventor, and recording manager who assembled many recording sessions in the early years of jazz. Many of the sessions organized by Yerkes used his name for the artist credit, including Yerkes' Jazarimba Orchestra and Yerkes' Marimbaphone Band on Columbia Records, which are estimated to have some of the best selling records of 1919 and 1921.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 18th, 1872 (Brooklyn), Died December 24th, 1954

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, bells, xylophone, composer, director

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 180 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-23342 10-in. 11/20/1919 Behind your silken veil Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor B-23343 10-in. 11/20/1919 Roses at twilight Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 3348 10-in. ca. 1905-Mar. 1906 Happy Heinie (March and two-step) Harry A. Yerkes Xylophone solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 3361 10-in. ca. 1905-Apr. 1906 Simplicity Harry A. Yerkes Bells solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, bells  
Columbia 3445 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1906 A trip to the races Columbia Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 3446 10-in. Jan.-Apr. 1906 Seeing New York Prince's Orchestra Orchestra, with talk composer  
Columbia 77352 10-in. 9/20/1917 Happy sammies Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 77353 10-in. 9/20/1917 That's it Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 77647 10-in. 1/17/1918 Turkey in the straw Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 77648 10-in. 1/17/1918 They go wild, simply wild over me Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 77700 10-in. 3/1/1918 Hello, America, hello Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 77701 10-in. 3/1/1918 Goulash Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 77702 10-in. 3/1/1918 Jazzie Addie Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 77931 10-in. 6/26/1918 Hear dem bells Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 77932 10-in. 6/26/1918 What's this? Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 78048 10-in. 9/11/1918 Old sea songs Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia 78188 10-in. 11/29/1918 I'm crazy about my daddy in a uniform Yerkes Saxophone Sextet Saxophone sextet leader  
Columbia 78279 10-in. 1/30/1919 Egyptian nights Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 78286 10-in. 2/3/1919 Mammy's lullaby Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 78315 10-in. 2/21/1919 Bevo blues Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 78381 10-in. 4/7/1919 Mammy's lullaby Happy Six Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 78385 10-in. 4/11/1919 Gypsy girl Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 78420 10-in. 5/8/1919 Jazzola Billy Murray ; Yerkes Southern Five Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 78450 10-in. 5/28/1919 Hawaiian smiles Happy Six Jazz/dance band, with whistling leader  
Columbia 78454 10-in. 5/29/1919 Ragging the chopsticks Yerkes Trio Instrumental trio leader  
(Results 1-25 of 180 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Yerkes, Harry A.," accessed October 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114970.

Yerkes, Harry A.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114970.

"Yerkes, Harry A.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114970

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