Harry Akst

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Born: August 15, 1894; New York, NY   Died: March 31, 1963; Los Angeles, CA  
Harry Akst was one of the quintessential Tin Pan Alley composers, churning out dozens of hits during the 1920s, including classics of the form like "Am I Blue?," "Baby Face," "Dinah," "First, Last and Always," "Stella," and "Travelin' Light." Born in New York City in 1894, Akst joined Irving Berlin's publishing company in 1919 as a staff pianist and -- with Berlin's lyrical help -- composed his first hit, "Home Again Blues," two years later. (It Read more was Berlin's last collaborative composition.) In 1925, Akst wrote the tune for "Dinah," and after lyrics were added by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young, the song became a treasured standard performed by Ethel Waters, Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, and many others. Another all-time classic, "Baby Face," followed one year later (with lyrics by Benny Davis). Waters also earned a big hit with Akst's 1929 composition "Am I Blue?," with lyrics by Grant Clarke. His last major song, "Travelin' Light," appeared in 1937, with lyrics by Sidney Claire. Harry Akst died in 1963. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5184 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sydney Baynes,  Noel Coward,  Jonny Heynkens,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Denny Vaughan
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Al Orchestra Sack,  Van Phillips,  Peter Yorke  ... 
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    Original Dixieland Jazz Band - The 75th Anniversary
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61098 Release Date: 07/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  B. Brown,  Clarence Williams,  W.C. Handy,  Don Delaney  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Original Dixieland Jazz Band
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    O! Kosmos / Cortland Hultberg, Phoenix Chamber Choir
    Label: Skylark   Catalog: 9401 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Vivier,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Antonio Lotti,  Stephen Chatman  ... 
    Conductor:  Cortland Hultberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Chamber Choir
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    Souvenir / Marcel Grandjany, Budapest String Quartet
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9077 Release Date: 10/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Akst,  Claude Debussy,  Antonín Dvorák,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Kroyt,  Mischa Schneider,  Joseph Roisman,  Edgar Ortenberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
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    Benny Goodman Quartet - Together Again
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68593 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benny Goodman,  Irving Berlin,  Spencer Williams,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Teddy Wilson,  Benny Goodman,  Gene Krupa,  Lionel Hampton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Benny Goodman Quartet
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