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Sunny Skylar

Sunny Skylar (October 11, 1913 – February 2, 2009) was an American composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher. He was born Selig Shaftel in Brooklyn, New York. As a singer, he appeared with a number of big bands, including those led by Ben Bernie, Paul Whiteman, Abe Lyman, George Hall and Vincent Lopez. It was Lopez who changed the singer's professional name from Sonny Schuyler to Sunny Skylar. After the end of the big band era, Skylar continued to sing in nightclubs and theaters until 1952.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 11, 1913 (Brooklyn), Died February 2, 2009 (Las Vegas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter, composer, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-042538 10-in. 2/24/1940 How did I know Vincent Lopez ; Sunny Skylar ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor E0VB-3649 10-in. 5/19/1950 Little Liza Lou Spade Cooley ; Hal Derwin ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Male vocal solo, with vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D5VB-0821 10-in. 11/5/1945 Amor Dick Leibert Instrumental ensemble, with oboe solo lyricist  
Victor D9AB-2177 10-in. 8/18/1949 You're breaking my heart Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Decca 87256 1/5/1955 I do, I do Sunny Skylar vocalist  
Decca 87257 1/5/1955 Sometime Sunny Skylar vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Skylar, Sunny," accessed January 23, 2022,

Skylar, Sunny. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 23, 2022, from

"Skylar, Sunny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 23 January 2022.

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