Lee Erwin

Lee Orville Erwin (July 15, 1908 – September 21, 2000) was an American theatre organist who played an important part in a revival of interest in the silent film era. His career began as an organist accompanying first-run silent films in the 1920s. He received classical training in Cincinnati and France, and then began a career as organist and arranger for radio, significantly at WLW and CBS Radio, the latter in association with Arthur Godfrey, that lasted through the mid-1960s. When his radio career ended he was commissioned to provide complete new scores for silent films exceeding seventy in number, and in this capacity and as an organist for silent film tours and exhibitions he received widespread critical acclaim. Erwin was active into his early 90s.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1908, Died 2000

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-068350 10-in. 11/24/1941 Last night I said a prayer Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-068440 10-in. 11/28/1941 Last night I said a prayer Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Arthur Wright Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor E0VB-3732 10-in. 7/21/1950 The story of Bucky and Dan Roy Rogers Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor D7VB-2157 10-in. 12/4/1947 Old fashioned cowboy Roy Rogers Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  


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