Eddie Vincent Kilfeather

Edward Vincent (Eddie) Kilfeather (April 5, 1900, Portland, Oregon - January 13, 1950, Los Angeles, California) was a musical composer and arranger who worked on the Columbia Pictures' animated cartoons.

Kilfeather was born in 1900 to Edward and Hannah Kilfeather and grew up in Portland, Oregon. His father was a well-known Democrat found guilty of jury bribing in 1898. The young Kilfeather hooked up with another Portlander, George Olsen, who had formed a band and was its pianist, conductor and arranger. The band headed south and in San Francisco when it was hired by Flo Ziegfeld in 1923 to come to New Year to play music for the show Kid Boots. Kilfeather co-wrote the song Goin' Home Blues for the show. Ziegfeld became enraged with the band after the opening of Whoopee! in 1928. While on the road in Pittsburgh, he fired Kilfeather and replaced him with a personal favorite. Olsen protested by having his musicians refuse to play for the replacement. Ziegfeld relented and gave Kilfeather his job back. The Olsen band quit when the week was over.

Kilfeather wrote a number of songs that Olsen recorded on RCA Records, including She's a Corn Fed Indiana Girl. (1926) He was so taken with the cornet playing of Bix Beiderbecke on a recording of Jazz Me Blues that he transcribed the notes and used it in Olsen's RCA Victor recording You'll Never Get to Heaven With Those Eyes.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1931 with the Olsen band and occasionally played with Sam Coslow's orchestra at the Roosevelt Hotel. He arrived at the Charles Mintz cartoon studio in 1937 and stayed after it was absorbed by Columbia in 1941. His first short was Merry Mannequins and he was involved in 64 cartoons through the release of Up N' Atom in 1947. He was the studio's musical director, sometimes working in conjunction with composer Paul Worth. A stroke forced Eddie to retire as the cartoon studio's musical director in 1946.

Kilfeather died in 1950, leaving behind his wife, the former Adelaide Robinson, who died in 1991, and a daughter, Mary Ellen.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 5th, 1900, Died 1950

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, director, piano, arranger, organ


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30883 10-in. 10/3/1924 Goin' home blues George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band Musical group, composer, leader, songwriter  
Victor BVE-46600 10-in. 7/23/1928 King for a day Fran Frey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer, director  
Victor BVE-46601 10-in. 7/23/1928 Out of the dawn Fran Frey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, director  
Victor BVE-50981 10-in. 3/27/1929 A garden in the rain Fran Frey ; George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group, director, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor PBVE-61019 10-in. 9/5/1930 Beyond the blue horizon George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, lyricist, composer, leader, Musical group, speaker, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor PBVE-61053 10-in. 11/10/1930 My love for you George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer, vocalist, baritone vocal, director, Musical group  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kilfeather, Eddie Vincent," accessed June 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115262.

Kilfeather, Eddie Vincent. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115262.

"Kilfeather, Eddie Vincent." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 June 2021.

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