Sunny Skylar (October 11, 1913 – February 2, 2009) was an American composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher. He was born Selig Sidney Shaftel in Brooklyn, New York, one of four children, to Sarah and Jacob Shaftel (or Schaftel), Jewish immigrants from Russia. His father sold knit goods. In the 1940s, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was a headliner at hotels such as The Flamingo and the El Rancho, among others.
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.
He was married four times: Joyce Coleman, 1942, Manhattan, NY; Christine Belanger, 1969, Las Vegas, NV (divorced, 1971); Jari Dee Rheinick, 1974, Las Vegas, NV (divorced after one month); Jacqueline Marlene Williams Trent, 1979, Las Vegas, NV; to whom he remained married until her death in 2008).
He died in Las Vegas on February 2, 2009 and was buried in Davis Memorial Park, Las Vegas. His grave marker shows his name as Sunny Skylar.
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|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||D6VB-1566||10-in.||1/15/1946||A little consideration||Helen Carroll ; Russ Case Orchestra ; The Satisfiers||Female vocal solo, with vocal group and instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||D6VB-1567||10-in.||1/15/1946||Love is so terrific (Ouch! Terrific thing)||Helen Carroll ; Russ Case Orchestra ; The Satisfiers||Female vocal solo, with vocal group and instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-1737||10-in.||4/27/1946||Whatta ya gonna do||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-2074||10-in.||5/19/1946||Wherever there's me, there's you||The Four Hits ; Betty Hutton ; Joe Lilley Orchestra||Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-2801||10-in.||9/6/1946||It's all over now||Charlie Spivak Orchestra ; Jimmy Saunders||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-3019||10-in.||10/16/1946||I used to work in Chicago||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solos and vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||D6VB-3120||10-in.||10/19/1946||You'll always be the one I love||Charles Dant Orchestra ; Betty Jane Rhodes||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-1481||10-in.||8/8/1947||It all came true||Beryl Davis||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||D7VB-1764||10-in.||10/20/1947||Song of New Orleans||Larry Green ; Larry Green Orchestra||Vocal trio, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||D7VB-2076||10-in.||11/14/1947||I still love you||Kaye Choir ; Sammy Kaye ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Recitation, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-2152||10-in.||12/3/1947||I'm a-rollin'||Roy Rogers||Male vocal solo, with string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-2190||10-in.||12/12/1947||Ready, set, go!||Count Basie Orchestra ; Jeanne Taylor||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D8VB-3883||10-in.||7/23/1948||Hair of gold||Drugstore Cowboys ; Jack Lathrop||Male vocal quartet, with ukulele and 4 harmonicas||composer|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Skylar, Sunny," accessed December 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344111.
Skylar, Sunny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344111.
"Skylar, Sunny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 December 2023.
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