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BEN BERNIE

Benjamin Anselvitz
Bandleader, Composer
(1891-1943)

Ben Bernie was a popular bandleader in the ‘20s-‘30s and even into the ‘40s although he never picked up on the “swing” craze. He started out in Vaudeville but enjoyed greater success as a personable bandleader and the host of his own radio show from 1933 to 1937, amusing audiences with his trademark lingo and his opening, “Yowsah, Yowsah.” His band appeared in several films, the best of which, Wake Up and Live, featured the song, “There’s a Lull in My Life.” He and columnist Walter Winchell carried on a “feud” both on radio and in film but in real life were good friends. Dinah Shore sang off and on with his band before she joined Eddie Cantor who was credited with her discovery.

The most notable of his compositions is “Sweet Georgia Brown” (1925) on which he collaborated with Maceo Pinkard and Ken Casey.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BAKER, Josephine: Un Message Pour Toi (1926-1937) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120630
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Some of These Days (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120562
Nostalgia
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
MILLS BROTHERS: Swing Is The Thing (1934-1938) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120680
Nostalgia
Remembering Duke Ellington Naxos
8.555017
Orchestral
Remembering Duke Ellington Naxos International
8.990053
Orchestral
SCHMID, Beni: Obsession - Hommage a Grappelli Oehms Classics
OC554
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES MARINE DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS: Esprit Altissimo
75442261162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Role: Conductor 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
PORTER, Cole: Let's Misbehave! (1927-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120533
Nostalgia





 
 
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