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TURNER LAYTON  

(1894 - 1978)

John Turner Layton
Composer, Vocalist, Pianist, Music Publisher
(1894-1978)

Turner Layton is best remembered for the songs that he wrote with lyricist Henry Creamer: “After You’ve Gone” (1918), “Dear Old Southland” (1921), “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” (1922), which was one of the dance numbers in the Astaire/Rogers filmThe Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), and ”Whoa, Tillie” (1923) which was popularized by Bessie Smith.

Layton was a composer, vocalist, music publisher, and an accomplished pianist. The pair’s vaudeville act, for which they wrote all of the material, toured the U.S. and Europe. They also wrote a couple of short-lived Broadway shows before their success with Strut Miss Lizzie in 1922.

In 1924 the elegant and urbane, as he is generally described, Layton moved to England where he was well received. He formed a singing duo with Clarence Johnstone for which he played piano, and they performed throughout England. When Johnstone left England in 1935, Layton continued a successful solo career into the ‘60s. He died in London.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BECHET, Sidney: House Party (1943-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120741
Jazz
BEIDERBECKE, Bix: Bix Lives! (1926-1930) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120712
Jazz
ELLINGTON, Duke: Jump For Joy (1941-1942) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 8) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120743
Jazz
ELLINGTON, Duke: Reminiscing in Tempo (1932-1935) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 3) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120589
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing Me a Swing Song (1935-1936) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120548
Jazz
GRAPPELLI, Stephane: Stephane's Tune (1938-1942) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120570
Jazz
HAWKINS, Coleman: Hawk In the 30s (1933-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120626
Jazz
JAZZ FOR YOU - CHILL WITH ELLINGTON (1932-1951) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120894
Jazz
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
8.102002
Jazz
Jazzin Legeanat - 60 kaikkien aikojen klassikkoa Naxos Jazz Legends
8.103014
Jazz
KRUPA, Gene: Let Me Off Uptown (1939-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120749
Jazz
REINHARDT, Django: Swing Guitars (1936-1937) (Reinhardt, Vol. 3) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120686
Jazz
SMITH, Bessie: Empty Bed Blues (1927-1928) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120725
Blues
TATUM, Art: Hold That Tiger! (1933-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120610
Jazz
TEAGARDEN, Jack: It's Time for T (1929-1953) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120825
Jazz
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD DIXIELAND BAND: South Altissimo
75442270872
Jazz
WALLER, Fats: Transcriptions (1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120692
Jazz
WILLIAMS, Joe: Joe Williams and Friends, June 1985 - I Just Want To Sing Delos
DE4004
Contemporary Jazz
WILSON, Teddy: I Want to Be Happy (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120538
Jazz




 
 
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