George Whiting

This article is on the American vaudeville performer and popular lyricist. For the classical composer and organist, see George Whiting.

George A. Whiting was a vaudeville song and dance man, and also a writer of lyrics for popular songs during the vaudeville era. He toured with singer Sadie Burt, whom he later married and had 3 daughters with. His best-known work is "My Blue Heaven", with music by Walter Donaldson. Whiting was born in Chicago August 16, 1884 and died in New York City on December 18, 1943.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 16, 1884 (Chicago), Died December 18, 1943 (New York)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2678 10-in. 6/27/1905 Every little bit helps Ada Jones ; Len Spencer Descriptive scene, with female-male vocal duet lyricist  
Victor E-2678 8-in. 12/6/1906 Every little bit helps Ada Jones ; Len Spencer Descriptive scene, with female-male vocal duet lyricist  
Victor B-4439 10-in. 4/26/1907 Handsome brave life saver Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-7092 10-in. 5/18/1909 Beautiful eyes Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-8115 10-in. 7/16/1909 My wife's gone to the country Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-15095 10-in. 7/29/1914 What a wonderful love that would be Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-17476 12-in. 4/11/1916 Songs of the past, no. 12 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18704 10-in. 11/13/1916 If it wasn't for you Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20032 10-in. 6/12/1917 I'm a twelve o'clock fellow (In a nine o'clock town) Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-30734 10-in. 8/29/1924 West of the Great Divide Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-39179 10-in. 9/14/1927 My blue heaven Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet lyricist  
Victor BVE-39627 10-in. 7/6/1927 My blue heaven Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor CVE-40569 12-in. 11/14/1927 My blue heaven Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor BVE-41565 10-in. 1/20/1928 Mi cielo José Bohr Male vocal solo, with piano and violin (takes 3 and 4) lyricist  
Victor BVE-46194 10-in. 9/28/1928 High up on a hill top Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-46418 10-in. 7/17/1928 Is it gonna be long? (Till you belong to me) Frankie Masters Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-47549 10-in. 9/21/1928 'Round evening Charlie Farrell ; Jim Miller Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-48534 10-in. 1/2/1929 Raquel Edwin J. McEnelly Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-48614 10-in. 11/22/1928 'Round evening Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-49048 10-in. 1/8/1929 Raquel The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-49824 10-in. 2/4/1929 High up on a hill top Victor Orchestra Orchestra songwriter  
Victor BVE-51633 10-in. 4/17/1929 That's my idea of heaven Van and Schenck Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor CVE-56049 12-in. 8/27/1929 High up on the hill top Victor Records technical staff (unnamed) Dubs from records lyricist  
Victor BVE-63328 10-in. 8/6/1930 I'll be blue just thinking of you (from now on) Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BVE-63602 10-in. 8/28/1930 I'll be blue, just thinking of you Burt Lorin ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-73342 10-in. 8/31/1932 Three kisses Eliot Everett Orchestra ; James Harkins Jazz/dance band (take 3); with male vocal solo (takes 1 and 2) lyricist  
Victor BS-73391 10-in. 9/13/1932 Beside the sunset trail Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-73720 10-in. 9/30/1932 Beside the sunset trail Harold Mooney and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-77980 10-in. 9/21/1933 My blue heaven Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
Victor BS-78306 10-in. 10/23/1933 That's how rhythm was born Roy Bargy ; Al Dary ; Peggy Healy Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos and instrumental trio lyricist  
Victor BS-80226 10-in. 2/5/1934 In a shelter from a shower Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-81719 10-in. 2/19/1934 In a shelter from a shower Al Mitchell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-82513 10-in. 5/10/1934 Don't let your love go wrong Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-83821 10-in. 8/3/1934 Don't let your love go wrong Jean Egart ; Perry Bechtel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-84922 10-in. 11/7/1934 Believe it, beloved Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-92272 10-in. 6/17/1935 Love and kisses Jack Shilkret Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-92565 10-in. 7/5/1935 Love and kisses Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-92971 10-in. 8/14/1935 Rhythm and romance California Ramblers ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-92994 10-in. 8/20/1935 Rhythm and romance Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-95530 10-in. 10/19/1935 You stayed away too long California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-98176 10-in. 11/29/1935 You stayed away too long Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-98378 10-in. 12/18/1935 I picked a flower the color of your eyes Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-99060 10-in. 2/6/1936 Saddle your blues to a wild mustang King’s Men ; Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor BS-99154 10-in. 2/16/1936 Saddle your blues to a wild mustang Nolan Canova ; Hotel Charlotte Orchestra ; Bob Pope Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-102346 10-in. 7/7/1936 Without a shadow of a doubt Connie McLean Rhythm Orchestra ; Alex Miller Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-102687 10-in. 6/18/1936 My blue heaven Sam Jennings ; Jimmie Gunn Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-01803 10-in. 11/29/1936 'T'ain't good (Like a nickel made of wood) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-021856 10-in. 3/31/1938 You better change your tune Burt Shaw ; Willie Farmer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-021872 10-in. 4/1/1938 You better change your tune Rose Marie Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-022477 10-in. 4/20/1938 Good evenin', good lookin' Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-032948 10-in. 3/9/1939 Remember who you're promised to Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-036508 10-in. 4/18/1939 Grateful Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-036519 10-in. 4/22/1939 Don't let your love go wrong Johnny Fenton ; Swamp Stompers Jazz/dance band, with vocal lyricist  
Victor BS-041366 10-in. 9/28/1939 Who told you I cared? Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-041710 10-in. 10/4/1939 Who told you I cared Harriet Hilliard ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-042776 10-in. 10/3/1939 Who told you I cared Dinah Shore Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-043289 10-in. 11/6/1939 Three foot Skipper Jones Harriet Hilliard ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-046158 10-in. 1/3/1940 My blue heaven Coleman Hawkins' All-Star Octet Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-053494 10-in. 9/25/1940 River home Blue Barron ; Alan Holmes Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-062748 10-in. 3/10/1941 Beautiful eyes Una Mae Carlisle ; Les Young Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet lyricist  
Victor [Trial 1927-11-18-01] 10-in. 11/18/1927 My blue heaven Jack Osterman Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3190 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1905 Ev'ry little bit helps Ada Jones ; Len Spencer Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3196 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1905 Ev'ry little bit helps Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4137 10-in. between January and August 1909 My wife's gone to the country, hurrah! hurrah! Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4178 10-in. between January and October 1909 Beautiful eyes Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39493 10-in. 7/10/1914 Baby love Billy Watkins Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47369 10-in. 2/13/1917 I'm a 12 o'clock fellow in a 9 o'clock town Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 78075 10-in. 9/25/1918 Some lonesome night Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 140194 10-in. 12/18/1924 West of the Great Divide Charles Hart Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 144643 10-in. 9/8/1927 My blue heaven Royal Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W144651 10-in. 9/9/1927 My blue heaven Don Voorhees Orchestra ; Lewis James Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 144893 10-in. 10/21/1927 My blue heaven Harold Rodman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W145452 10-in. 12/30/1927 My blue heaven The Artist Ensemble Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 146331 10-in. 5/23/1928 Hiding in the corner of your smile Newport Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 146358 10-in. 5/28/1928 Is it gonna be long? (Till you belong to me) Lou Gold Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W146457 10-in. 6/19/1928 Hiding in the corner of your smile Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W146499 10-in. 6/28/1928 Hiding in the corner of your smile Walton McKinney Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Columbia W146804 10-in. 7/25/1928 Raquel Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 146869 10-in. 8/21/1928 'Round evening Barney Trimble and his Oklahomans [California Ramblers] ; Robert Wood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W146914 10-in. 8/28/1928 'Round evening Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 146933 10-in. 8/31/1928 High up on a hill top Jim Andrews ; Arthur Ross and his Westerners Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia [W]146994 10-in. 9/13/1928 High up on a hill-top Gay Ellis ; University Six Female vocal solo, with instrumental sextet songwriter  
Columbia W147020 10-in. 9/20/1928 High up on a hill-top Don Roberts Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet songwriter  
Columbia W147532 10-in. 11/27/1928 High up on a hill-top Milton Charles ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with organ songwriter  
Columbia W150744 10-in. 8/28/1930 I'll be blue, just thinking of you Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Columbia W150785 10-in. 9/11/1930 I'll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on) Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia [W]150907 10-in. 10/29/1930 I'll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on) Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W152292 10-in. 8/29/1932 Somebody loses—somebody wins Three Keys Male vocal trio, with guitar and piano lyricist  
Columbia W152706 10-in. 2/5/1934 In a shelter from a shower Emil Coleman and his Palais Royal Orchestra ; Stanley Worth Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh S-71793 10-in. Aug. 1923 What do they mean by love? Elsie Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh 73601 10-in. Sept. 1925 West of the Great Divide Gerald Griffin ; Justin Ring Trio Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
OKeh W81447 10-in. 9/16/1927 My blue heaven Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W81553 10-in. 10/19/1927 My blue heaven Beth Challis Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist  
OKeh W81591 10-in. 10/1/1927 My blue heaven Seger Ellis ; Justin Ring Trio Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
OKeh W82046 10-in. 12/12/1927 My blue heaven Lillie Delk Christian Female vocal solo, with clarinet and guitar lyricist  
OKeh W401169 10-in. 9/29/1928 'Round evening Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W404513 10-in. 10/28/1930 I'll be blue, just thinking of you Smith Ballew Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio lyricist  
Brunswick 11695-11697 10-in. 10/23/1923 What do they mean by love? Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 14582-14583 10-in. 1/6/1925 West of the Great Divide Allen McQuhae Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E28321 10-in. 9/28/1928 High up on a hill-top Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet; without vocal (take G) songwriter  
Brunswick E28324 10-in. 10/1/1928 High up on a hill-top Alice Morley Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E28600 10-in. 10/30/1928 Round evening Kenn Sisson Orchestra ; Eddy Thomas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E28675 10-in. approximately Nov. 1928 My blue heaven The Tip Top Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal lyricist  
Brunswick E29462 10-in. Mar. 1929 That’s my idea of heaven Edith Evans Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E29746 10-in. May 1929 That’s my idea of heaven Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E34655 10-in. 10/1/1930 I’ll be blue just thinking of you Chester Gaylord Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E34830 10-in. 10/10/1930 I’ll be blue just thinking of you Chester Gaylord Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E23735-E23737 10-in. 6/23/1927 Blue heaven Kenn Sisson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take E23737) lyricist  
Brunswick E24722-E24724 10-in. 10/13/1927 Blue heaven Nick Lucas Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist  
Brunswick E25224-E25225 10-in. 11/15/1927 I’m a twelve o’clock feller (In a nine o’clock town) Al Bernard ; Gully Jumpers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Brunswick TC2871 10-in. 1/26/1929 Blue heaven Jesse Cryor Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick C5722 10-in. 5/5/1930 What kinda people are you? Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick C6121 10-in. Aug. 1930 I’ll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on) Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick LTR22 10-in. 10/25/1928 High up on a hill top Roy Fox ; June Pursell Female vocal solo, with piano and cornet songwriter  
Brunswick LA981 10-in. 3/28/1931 She went Havana Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick LAE29-LAE30 10-in. 1/9/1928 Cielo azul Roberto Guzman ; Adolfo Mejía Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 924W-926W 10-in. 6/24/1925 West of the great divide Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 141-a] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1927 Blue heaven Harry Shalson Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Edison 6180 10-in. 5/31/1918 I'm a twelve o'clock feller (In a nine o'clock town) Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 10360 10-in. 5/8/1925 West of the Great Divide Walter Scanlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 10701 10-in. 12/1/1925 All the luck in the world to you Walter Scanlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 11954 10-in. 10/14/1927 My blue heaven Duke Yellman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 11986 10-in. 10/27/1927 My blue heaven Vaughn De Leath ; Al Friedman ; Yoeng's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 18151 10-in. 1/5/1928 My blue heaven Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet lyricist  
Edison 18361 10-in. 4/3/1928 Hiding in the corner of your smile Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet songwriter  
Edison 18642 10-in. 7/27/1928 Is it gonna be long? (Till you belong to me) Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 18727 10-in. 9/15/1928 'Round evening Collette Lyons Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 18739 10-in. 9/19/1928 High up on a hill-top McAlpineers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Edison 18742 10-in. 9/20/1928 Raquel Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 18874 10-in. 11/16/1928 'Round evening Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 19165 10-in. 4/23/1929 That's my idea of heaven Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 19293 10-in. 7/15/1929 Just beyond the blue Jack Stillman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 19321 10-in. 7/29/1929 Believe me that's love Ernest Hare Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-352 10-in. 7/27/1928 Is it gonna be long? (Till you belong to me) Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-432 12-in. 9/15/1928 'Round evening Collette Lyons Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-444 12-in. 9/19/1928 High up on a hill-top McAlpineers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Edison N-569 10-in. 11/16/1929 'Round evening Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-864 10-in. 4/23/1928 That's my idea of heaven Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-969 10-in. 6/19/1929 Just beyond the blue Jack Stillman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison N-1045 10-in. 7/29/1929 Believe me that's love Ernest Hare Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Whiting, George," accessed January 26, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116920.

Whiting, George. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 26, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116920.

"Whiting, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 26 January 2023.

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