Eliot Daniel

Eliot Daniel (January 7, 1908 – December 6, 1997) was an American songwriter and lyricist who worked primarily in motion pictures. His most well-known composition is the theme from the television sitcom I Love Lucy.

Daniel was born in Boston on January 7, 1908. His first known song was "What Would People Say", released by Decca Records in 1938. He subsequently became a fixture among Hollywood songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as Guy Lombardo, Dinah Shore, Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Sarah Vaughan, and Marilyn Monroe. He earned Oscar nominations for writing "Lavender Blue" for the 1949 film So Dear to My Heart and for the lyrics to "Never" for 1951's Golden Girl. Collaborating with Johnny Lange in 1947, he wrote the classic Western song "Blue Shadows on the Trail".

Surprisingly, Daniel's most famous composition was outside the mainstream of his movie work: the I Love Lucy theme song. He composed it on the condition that his name would not be associated with it. Being primarily known for film work, he didn't want to be connected to the unproven new medium of television. He was also pessimistic about the prospects for the show's success. Later on, he sought credit for the song and received royalties from syndicated reruns.

In 1957 and 1958, he served as president of the 16,000 member Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians. During his tenure he led a strike against six motion picture studios.

He died on December 6, 1997 in Placerville, California.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 7, 1908 (Boston), Died December 6, 1997 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-092135 10-in. before 6/5/1950 Luna llena Los Tres Diamantes Male vocal and instrumental trio composer  
Victor MBS-092136 10-in. before 6/5/1950 Pecos Bill Los Tres Diamantes Male vocal and instrumental trio composer  
Victor D6VB-2162 10-in. 9/18/1946 Uncle Remus said Tex Beneke ; Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Lillian Lane Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1310 10-in. 7/24/1947 Too good to be true Tony Martin Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor D7VB-1445 10-in. 7/24/1947 Say it with a slap Louis Prima Orchestra ; Louis Prima Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D7VB-1919 10-in. 10/24/1947 (There'll never be another) Pecos Bill Don Cornell ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Male vocal solo, with vocal group and jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D7VB-2133 10-in. 12/1/1947 Blue Shadows on the Trail Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet, whistling, and string band composer  
Victor D7VB-2134 10-in. 12/1/1947 There'll never be another) Pecos Bill Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet, and string band composer  
Victor D7VB-2874 10-in. 12/21/1947 Lavender blue (dilly dilly) Kaydets ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor PR-12640 10-in. before 11/5/1947 El tío Remus lo contó Charles Wolcott Orchestra ; Tony Gari Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Daniel, Eliot," accessed July 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/352757.

Daniel, Eliot. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/352757.

"Daniel, Eliot." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 July 2024.

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