Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording]


Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording]

This collection contains non-commercial recordings of Irving Berlin and his music. The recordings are from radio broadcasts, live performances, and private recordings. The performers on the recordings include Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Fisher, Al Jolson, Ethel Merman and Kate Smith. Some of the gems in the collection include Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" for the first time and the first London performance of "Annie Get Your Gun.".



SNAC Resource ID: 6316783

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Tauber, Doris, 1907-1996 (person)

Sutherland, Iain (person)

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Crouse, Russel, 1893-1966 (person)

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Churchill, Stewart (person)

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Webb, Clifton, 1893-1966 (person)

Actor; also known as Webb Parmalee Hollenbeck. From the description of Clifton Webb collection, 1929-1961. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70954216 ...

Norris, Kathleen (person)

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Melton, James, 1904-1961 (person)

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Gaynor, Mitzi, 1931-.... (person)

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Reisman, Leo, 1897-1961 (person)

Leo Reisman was a bandleader from 1916 into the 1950's, most prominently in the 1930's. During the 1930's, Reisman led bands that played on radio shows such as Lucky Strike's your hit parade (1937-1939), Philip Morris presents (1934-1937), Schaefer Beer's nine o'clock revue (1937), and the Schaefer revue (late 1937). Reisman continued to lead bands through the 1940's and into the 1950's, playing in hotel ballrooms in New York and Cincinnati. Reisman died in 1961. ...

Blair, Janet (person)

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Jolson, Al, 1886-1950 (person)

Composer. From the description of Autograph note signed : [New York], to Irene [Gallagher], 1921 Jan. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914110 Although many people view Al Jolson as little more than a singer of long ago, the voice of "The Jazz Singer", the first full-length 'talking movie", he was known as The World's Greatest Entertainer, a superstar before the word was coined, a man whose musical heritage created much of the entertainment industry we know today. His car...

Stone, Ezra, 1917-1994 (person)

Golden, John, 1950- (person)

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Price, Carol (person)

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Lillie, Beatrice, 1894-1989 (person)

Beatrice Lillie, stage star, was born in Toronto, Canada on May 29, 1894. Her first appearances on stage were in 1914 in Canada and in England in musical revues. She made her Broadway debut in Andre Charlot's Revue of 1924 . Miss Lillie's most notable Broadway performances were in The Seven Lively Arts, Inside U. S. A., Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 and High Spirits . She toured the world in An Evening with Beatrice Lillie from 1952 to 1956. Miss Lillie appeared in films and on television. She marrie...

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MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908 (person)

American composer, pianist, and teacher. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Villars sur Ollon, Switzerland, 3 July 1903, to Horatio Parker, 1903 July 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270581435 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [New York], 25 November 1904, to Mr. [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 1904 Nov. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270581431 From the description of Letter signed : Boston, [n.d.], to Mr. Story, [n.d.]....

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Johnson, Van, 1916-2008 (person)

Fields, Arthur (person)

Fields, Gracie, 1898-1979 (person)

Actress, comedienne. From the description of Reminiscences of Gracie Fields : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86147483 ...

Miller, Ann, 1923- (person)

Geraldo orchestra & chorus (corporateBody)

Barnyard Quartet (corporateBody)

Oshing, Julie (person)

Williams, Andy, Dr. (person)

Douglas, Paul, 1892-1976 (person)

Senator. From the description of Reminiscences of Paul Howard Douglas : oral history, 1975. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309732848 From the description of Reminiscences of Paul Howard Douglas : oral history, 1957. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122527416 U.S. Senator (Democrat, Illinois). From the description of Paul H. Douglas papers, 1932-1971. (Chicago History Museum). WorldCat ...

Carle, Frankie, 1903- (person)

Phillips, Teddy (person)

Whiting, Richard A. (person)

Valente, Catarina (person)

Douglas, Sally (person)

Johnson, Bill (person)

Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964 (person)

Jazz musician Weldon Leo (Jack) Teagarden (1905-1964) was born in Vernon, Texas, to Charles and Helen Teagarden. Beginning piano lessons at the age of five, Teagarden switched to trombone two years later. After his first professional performance in 1921, Teagarden played with several Texas bands and made his first trip to New York in 1926. A year later he moved to the city and defeated Glenn Miller for the position of first trombone in Ben Pollack’s band. Teagarden made his first re...

Cohan, George M. (person)

Entertainer. From the description of Scripts of George M. Cohan, 1933-1934. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455917 From the description of George M. Cohan play scripts, 1928, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71208762 Dramatic author, composer, manager, and actor. From the description of Letter to Elizabeth Freeman, 1920. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510230 American composer. ...

Cullen, Bill, 1920-1990 (person)

Lyons, Sylvia (person)

Wiley, Lee (person)

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (corporateBody)

Kaye, Sammy, 1910-1987 (person)

Band leader Sammy Kaye (SK) was born as Sam William Zarnocay on March 13, 1910 in Rocky River, Ohio. He attended Ohio University (OU) on a track scholarship and played basketball and baseball. Originally a civil engineering major, he soon forgot a career in his field of study when he fell in love with music instead. SK changed his name to Kaye around the time of his sophomore year because he found it difficult to get gigs with his given last name. SK began performing at ...

Bordoni, Irene (person)

Phelps, Sto (person)

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (corporateBody)

Melly, George (person)

Epithet: MP; of Add MS 44396 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000304.0x0001b6 ...

Stordahl, Axel (person)

Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was born in Staten Island, NY on August 8, 1913. He began his career as a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra from 1934 to 1936. He subsequently joined Tommy Dorsey who featured Frank Sinatra as the lead singer. Stordahl remained with Dorsey from 1936-1943. He later became Frank Sinatra's musical composer for the radio show, "Hit Parade," and remained with Sinatra for two years as composer and conductor. Stordahl also arranged and conducted ...

Paul Whiteman Saxophone Sextet (corporateBody)

Martin, Dean, 1917-1995 (person)

Born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, June 17, 1917; worked various odd jobs including amateur boxer; started his career singing at Steubenville night spots; first used the name Dean Martin while singing with the Sammy Watkins Band in Cleveland (ca. 1941); partnered with Jerry Lewis (1946-56) as the straight half of one of America's most successful comedy teams of the 1940s and 50s; he remained a popular solo entertainer with song recordings, TV specials, his own long-running TV variety...

Connecticut Yankees (corporateBody)

Faith, Percy, 1908- (person)

Block, Ray (person)

Clark, Tom M. (person)

Downey, Morton (person)

Marchese, Victor (person)

Walker, Jimmy (person)

Day, Dennis, 1916-1988 (person)

Bogarde, Dirk, 1921-1999. (person)

Film actor and director; of England; d. 1999. From the description of Dirk Bogarde collection, 1957-1993. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70958668 ...

Bergman, Alan (person)

Alan (1925- ) and Marilyn Bergman were married in 1958 and worked together as musical composers and songwriters for motion pictures, television and theater. From the description of Alan and Marilyn Bergman scores, 1959-1969. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 31453157 ...

Norman, Arthur (person)

Martin, Hugh (person)

Soldier Octet (corporateBody)

Gleason, Jackie (person)

Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924 (person)

Composed 1884-85. First performance Stuttgart, 8 December 1885, the composer as soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of 1st concerto for violoncello, op. 8 / by Victor Herbert. [1965?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 50216538 Victor Herbert (1859-1924) cellist, co-founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), conductor and composer is best known as the composer of light operas such as Babes in Toyland...

Max Terr Chorus (corporateBody)

Jimmy Jennings (person)

Ellen, Vera (person)

Locklin, Danny (person)

Mintz, Herby (person)

Carr, Carol (person)

Dietrich, Marlene, 1901-1992 (person)

Marlene Dietrich (b. December 27, 1901, Berlin, Germany–d. May 6, 1992, Paris, France) was a German actress and singer. Throughout her long career, spanning from the 1910s to the 1980s, she maintained popularity by continually reinventing herself. In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted on the stage and in silent films. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), and Desire (1936). Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United St...

Peabody (person)

Waring, Fred, 1900-1984 (person)

Choral conductor and showman. From the description of Typewritten letter signed : New York, N.Y., to Robley Durham Stevens, 1938 May 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270920972 Music composer, arranger, conductor, and performer. From the description of Fred Waring scrapbooks, 1922-1984. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57482118 From the description of Fred Waring broadcasts, 1933-1957. (Pennsylvania State University Librarie...

Frankay & Jackson Recording Studios, Inc. (corporateBody)

Reiner, Carl (person)

Wilk, Max (person)

Max Wilk is an American playwright, author, and screenwriter. His plays include Cloud Seven (1958) and A Musical Jubilee (1975). His short story "It Happened to Jane" was made into a movie with Doris Day and Jack Lemmon in 1959, and his book Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River was made into a movie with Jerry Lewis in 1968, for which he wrote the screenplay. Wilk is also the author of Every Day's a Matinee: Memoirs Scribbled on a Dressing Room Door (1975), The Golden Age of Tele...

Martin, Gale (person)

Singin' Sam, 1888-1948 (person)

Leo Reisman Orchestra (corporateBody)

A. & P. Gypsies (Musical group) (corporateBody)

Woods, Donald, 1906- (person)

Steele, John (person)

Astaire, Adele (person)

Reynolds, Marjorie (person)

John Scott Trotter Orchestra. (corporateBody)

Sikorsky, George (person)

Seymour, Dan (person)

United States. Immigration and naturalization service (corporateBody)

A federal act of 1882 established procedures for recording immigrants arriving in the United States. The records maintained by federal immigration officials were often called immigration passenger lists of manifests. From the description of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Savannah, Ga., 1906-1945. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 174142611 Ellis Island, an island in Upper New York Bay, is named for Samuel Ellis, who acquired land on the i...

Ettore (person)

Mallow, John (person)

Reid, John (person)

John Reid was born in 1926. He joined the Navy in 1945. In 1947 he was accepted as a member of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) serving at Base G (Admiralty Bay) and Base F (Argentine Islands). From the guide to the John Reid collection, 1949, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge) Epithet: of Londonderry British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001033.0x000192 Epit...

Ferrer, José, 1912- (person)

Mancini, Ginny (person)

Rankin, Kenny (person)

Hope, Bob, 1903-2003 (person)

Bob Hope (b. May 29, 1903, London, England–d. July 27, 2003, Los Angeles, CA) was a star of radio, film, television and stage during the 1940-1970's. He acted, song and danced through much of WW II entertaining troops. He continued entertaining troops though Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. Additionally, Hope made many guest appearances on television as well as hosting his own specials. ...

Raitt, John, 1917- (person)

Manton, Stephen (person)

Carnation Orchestra (corporateBody)

McBride, Mary Margaret, 1899- (person)

Radio commentator and author. From the description of Mary Margaret McBride papers, 1926-1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982067 Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976) was a journalist and the host of an immensely popular daily radio program from the mid 1930s into the 1950s. From the description of Photographs from the Mary Margaret McBride collection, 1934-1968, and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 488719037 Biograp...

Hayward, Thomas (person)

Epithet: Prisoner in Norwich Gaol British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000303.0x0003c8 Epithet: of Salisbury British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000303.0x0003c7 Epithet: MP for Ludgershall British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000...

Smith, Kate (person)

Morath, Max (person)

Corn, Harold (person)

Gregg, Hubert (person)

Epithet: dramatist British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000564.0x0000cc ...

Clayton, Peter, 1927-1991 (person)

Grauer, Ben (person)

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., Benjamin Franklin Grauer (1908-1977) had a prosperous career as a child actor in the 1920s, both in film and on Broadway. He graduated from Townsend Harris Hall High School, the preparatory school for City College of New York, and he received his B.A. from City College in 1930. Grauer started in radio as an actor but soon became part of the broadcasting staff at the National Broadcasting Company. On the radio, he was associated with Walter Winchell, Eleanor Roosevelt...

Harmer, Shirley (person)

Sumner, Barbara (person)

Bankhead, Tallulah (person)

Actress. From the description of Papers, [ca. 1920]-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155507628 Tallulah (Tallulah Brockman) Bankhead was born 1902 Jan. 31 to William B. and Ada Eugenia Sledge Bankhead in Huntsville, Madison Co., Ala. She attended primary school in Montomery, Ala., while living with her uncle and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Owen. She later attended Convent of the Sacred Heart (N.Y.), 1912-1913; Mary Baldwin Seminary (Va.), 1913; Convent of t...

Talve, Galina (person)

Caffritz, Gwen (person)

Carmody, Jay (person)

Brown, Keith, 1933- (person)

Kallen, Kitty (person)

Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986 (person)

Harold Arlen, composer was born in Buffalo, New York in 1905. He composed the music for such well-known songs as: "Over the Rainbow", "Stormy Weather", "That Old Black Magic", and "Blues in the Night". Among his collaborators were: E. Y. Harburg, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Fields and Leo Robbin. From the guide to the Harold Arlen papers, 1947-1967, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.) Harold Arlen, composer. From the description o...

Reynolds, Debbie (person)

James, Louis (person)

Jolson, Al, 1886-1950 (person)

Composer. From the description of Autograph note signed : [New York], to Irene [Gallagher], 1921 Jan. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914110 Although many people view Al Jolson as little more than a singer of long ago, the voice of "The Jazz Singer", the first full-length 'talking movie", he was known as The World's Greatest Entertainer, a superstar before the word was coined, a man whose musical heritage created much of the entertainment industry we know today. His car...

Burr, Henry (person)

Whiteman, Paul, 1890-1967 (person)

Clark, Buddy, 1911-1949 (person)

Thomas, John Charles (person)

Johnny Maddox and the Rhythmasters (corporateBody)

Arthur Norman Orchestra (corporateBody)

Deis, Carol (person)

Freeman, Stan (person)

Sell, Hildegarde Loretta (person)

Deerenforce, Jimmy (person)

Prowse, Juliet, 1936-1996 (person)

Fisher, Eddie (person)

Previn, André, 1929- (person)

American conductor, pianist, and composer of German birth. From the description of Autograph note signed, dated : [s.l., 26 January 1968], to Ray Pitts [1968, Jan. 26]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270952249 Conductor, composer, pianist. From the description of Interview conducted by Dick Cavett, Apr. 27, 1978 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861658 ...

Johnson, Mordecai W. (person)

African American minister and educator; president of Howard University (1926-1960). From the description of Papers, 1913-1976. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 70941398 1890 January 12 Born to Carolyn Freeman and Wyatt Johnson in Paris, Tennessee 1911 Received Bachelor of Arts degree from Atlanta Baptist [later Morehous...

Mills, John (person)

Epithet: contributor to the magazine 'Bentley's Miscellany' British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000474.0x0001c8 Epithet: novelist British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000474.0x0001cd Epithet: Calvinistic Methodist minister British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_10000000047...

Bristol-Meyers (corporateBody)

Kolimar, Dorothy (person)

Busby, James, 1801-1871 (person)

James Busby, 1801-1871, viticulturist and civil servant, migrated to New South Wales, 1824. Viticulture was his main interest. In 1832 he was appointed British Resident in New Zealand and remained in New Zealand until his death. From the description of Letters [manuscript]. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225769744 Arrived in New South Wales in 1824, where he established himself as a pioneer viticulturist and was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue. After retu...

Sanz, Nikki (person)

Smith, Kate, 1907-1986 (person)

Performer and recording artist; b. Kathryn Elizabeth Smith. From the description of Kate Smith collection, 1930-1976. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70923004 ...

Wilson, Jane, solicitor (person)

Epithet: wife of Sir T S Wilson 6th Baronet British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001123.0x000363 ...

Broekman, David (person)

Parks, Bert (person)

Browning, Ivan (person)

Ross, Lanny, 1906- (person)

Melachrino, George (person)

Trout, Robert (person)

NBC symphony orchestra (corporateBody)

Starr, Henry, 1873-1921 (person)

Nype, Russell, 1924- (person)

Olson, Dorothy (person)

Graves, Peter (person)

Middleton, Ray (person)

Ray Middleton, 1907-1984, was a singer and American character actor. His musical career began in New York where he sang roles in opera and on radio. He also sang roles in Broadway musicals such as "Roberta" in the 1930s, co-starred with Ethyl Merman in the original "Annie Get Your Gun" (1946), and was in "South Pacific". In 1965, he played the Innkeeper in the first Broadway production of "The Man of La Mancha." As an actor he became involved in motion pictures such as "Hurricane Smith" (1941), ...

Allen, Fred, 1894-1956 (person)

Radio comedian and humorist. From the description of Papers of Fred Allen, 1932-1951. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78567150 Nat Hiken was head writer for Fred Allen for seven years and created the character of Sgt. Ernei Bilko. He died in 1968 at the age of 54 (Dec. 8, 1968). From the description of Letters : to Nat Hiken, 1942-1946. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 39782118 Biographical Note ...

The Brothers Cain (corporateBody)

Astaire, Fred, 1899-1987 (person)

Fred Astaire (b. Frederick Austerlitz May 10, 1899, Omaha, NE–d. June 22, 1987, Los Angeles, CA) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential dancers in the history of film and television musicals. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he starred in more than 10 Broadway and London musicals, made 31 musical films, 4 television specials, and issued num...

Lewis, Archie (person)

Holdman, Phil (person)

Green, Paula (person)

Goulet, Robert (person)

Forster, Arnold (person)

Hanshaw, Annette (person)

Mayorga, Lincoln (person)