Dale Wimbrow

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Peter Dale Wimbrow, usually known as Dale Wimbrow, (June 6, 1895 – 1954) was an American composer, radio artist and writer. He is best known for the poem, The Guy in the Glass, written in 1934. Earlier in his career, he created several musical recordings in the still-young recording industry, and was known as "The Del-Mar-Va Songster". He occasionally recorded with a quartet of musicians known as the "Rubeville Tuners", and he was also sometimes known as Peter Dale.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Dale Wimbrow was born June 6, 1895, in Whaleyville, Maryland, the son of Nutter Jerome Wimbrow ( 1867-1957) and Sallie Mary Wimbrow, née Dale (1873-1951).[3] He studied at Western Maryland College until World War I.

Career[edit]

Wimbrow's early career was in music and radio. Under his own name and as Old Pete Daley of Whaleysville, he became known for his records and radio performances with orchestras.[4] His credits include a number of recordings in the 1920s, in which he performed as the solo vocalist, and often as his own accompanist (on the ukulele). The majority of those songs were his own creation, and he began turning to songwriting almost exclusively in the later part of the decade.[1] Perhaps his best-known musical composition was the 1930 jazz tune entitled "Accordion Joe". Played by Duke Ellington's band, it appeared that same year as the soundtrack to an animated short film of the same name, starring Betty Boop. The tune has appeared several times over the years in Duke Ellington compilation albums.

Wimbrow established the Indian River News newspaper in June 1948. It was published until September 1966, 12 years after his death in 1954, carried on by his wife.[5][6]

The Guy in the Glass[edit]

Wimbrow wrote The Guy in the Glass for publication in The American Magazine in 1934. The poem became a popular clipping passed between people, and the author's credit was often dropped, leading to inquiries as to the author in newspapers as early as 1938.[7]

Ann Landers printed the poem in her column on October 5, 1983, incorrectly attributing it to an anonymous man who died as a result of struggles with drug abuse. Landers received numerous letters that attributed or claimed different authorship of the poem, but only one of the letters published in her December 5, 1983, column correctly identified the author as Wimbrow and it was credited by Ann Landers as the true author.[8]

Marriage and children[edit]

Wimbrow married Dorothy Livezy, a radio writer and producer. The couple had two children, Sally Dale Wimbrow and Peter Dale Wimbrow, Jr.

Death and afterward[edit]

Peter Dale Wimbrow died in January 26, 1954, in Sebastian, Florida and was interred at Dale Cemetery in Whaleyville, Maryland.[9]

Dale Wimbrow Park, in Roseland, Florida, is named in his honor.

Dale Wimbrow in popular culture[edit]

The poem, The Guy in The Glass, was famously recited by Nigel Adkins, manager of Southampton Football Club in October 2012 during an interview with BBC South following a 4-1 defeat to West Ham United.[10]

Published works[edit]

Print[edit]

  • A Sardine and A Cracker (Washburn Printing Co., 1931)
  • Swamp Cabbage and Angel Wings (Stuart News, 1953)

Discography[edit]

Song Title Performing Artist Year Recorded Label Role / Notes
"Rock-a-bye Baby Days" Dale Wimbrow
(The Del-Mar-Va Songster)
(hereinafter "Dale Wimbrow")
1925 Victor Talking
Machine Company

(Victor)
male vocal solo, ukulele (self accompaniment)
"Country Bred and Chicken Fed" Dale Wimbrow
and his Rubeville Tuners
1926 Edison Records
Blue Amberol Records #5276
male vocal solo, ukulele (self accompaniment);
Released as a phonograph cylinder;
Digitized and available to listen or download
"So Long North (I'm Headin' South)" Dale Wimbrow Rubeville Tuners 1926 Edison vocal solo, ukulele, songwriter;
Digitized (from Victrola playback) and available for listening.
"Sleepy Town" Dale Wimbrow Rubeville Tuners 1926 Victor vocal solo, songwriter
"Shake That Thing" Original Indiana Five 1926 Victor vocal solo
"Uncle Hezekiah" Dale Wimbrow 1926 Victor vocal solo, ukulele (self accompaniment)
"Strutting at the Funny Paper Ball" 1926 songwriter
"From Midnight Till Dawn" Johnny Marvin 1927 Victor songwriter
"Old Fashioned Locket" Johnny Marvin 1927 Victor songwriter
"Oshkosh" Dale Wimbrow Rubeville Tuners 1927 Columbia Phonograph Company vocal solo, ukulele, songwriter
"Roll Right Off'a My Green" Dale Wimbrow Rubeville Tuners 1927 Columbia vocal solo, ukulele, songwriter
"Oshkosh" Dale Wimbrow Rubeville Tuners 1928 Edison vocal solo, ukulele, songwriter
"Roll Right Off'a My Green" Dale Wimbrow Rubeville Tuners 1928 Edison vocal solo, ukulele, songwriter
"Black Sheep Blues" Dale Wimbrow 1928 Victor vocal solo, ukulele (self accompaniment)
"Think of Me, Thinking of You" Johnny Marvin 1928 Victor songwriter
"Wife o'Mine" Ernest Hare 1928 Victor composer
"Wife o'Mine" Charles W. Harrison 1928 Edison composer
"I Got Religion" Rollickers 1928 Edison songwriter (with Irving Bibo)
"The County Fair in Delaware" Dale Wimbrow 1928 Columbia;
"Del-Mar-Va Special Record" private label[11]
vocal solo, songwriter;
Digitized and available for listening.
"The Good Old Eastern Shore" Dale Wimbrow 1928 Columbia;
"Del-Mar-Va Special Record" private label[12]
vocal solo, songwriter;
Digitized and available for listening.
"Think of Me, Thinking of You" Piccadilly Players 1929 Edison songwriter (with Johnny Marvin & Charlie Abbott)
"Every Moon's a Honeymoon (With You)" Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees 1929 Victor lyricist
"Plucky Lindy's Lucky Day" Vernon Dalhart 1929 Victor songwriter
"Plucky Lindy's Lucky Day" High Hatters 1929 Victor songwriter
"That's What I Call Heaven" Gene Austin 1929 Victor songwriter
"That's What I Call Heaven" Leo Reisman Orchestra;
Ran Weeks
1929 Victor songwriter
"That's What I Call Heaven" Rollickers 1929 Edison songwriter
"Goodness Gracious, Gracie" Billy Murray & Walter Scanlan 1929 Edison songwriter (with Casem & Charlie Abbott)
"Accordion Joe" Jack Teagarden / Cornell & his Orchestra 1930
(2006)[13]
Jazz Oracle composer (Wimbrow has sole credit for this original version);
Released in 2006 on 1930 Studio Sessions[13]
"Accordion Joe" Duke Ellington 1930 various composer (with Charles Cornell (alias Cornell Smelser))

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dale Wimbrow (vocalist : baritone vocal)". Victor Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
    "Dale Wimbrow (instrumentalist: ukulele)". Victor Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
    "Dale Wimbrow (songwriter)". Victor Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
    "Dale Wimbrow (composer)". Victor Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
    "Dale Wimbrow (lyricist)". Victor Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p337111/songs/songs-composed-by allmusic.com AMG Artist ID P 337111
  3. ^ Dale Wimbrow memorial at Find A Grave
  4. ^ Maryland: A Guide to the Old Line State. Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Maryland. 1940. p. 380. Retrieved 2003-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Old newspapers need new home". Miami Herald. 1989-04-22. p. 1B. 
  6. ^ "Widow continues news work". Miami Herald. 1989-04-30. 
  7. ^ "Answers to Questions". La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press. 1938-08-26. Q: Who wrote the poem called The Guy in the Glass? A: It is by Dale Wimbrow 
  8. ^ Landers, Ann (1983-12-03). "The 'Man in the Glass' has many faces, it seems". St. Petersburg Times. 
  9. ^ Dale Wimbrow memorial at Find A Grave
  10. ^ "Southampton manager Nigel Adkins reciting 'The Man in the Glass'". www.bbc.co.uk. 2012-10-26. 
  11. ^ "The County Fair in Delaware". Collecting Delaware Books. John P. Reid. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Good Old Eastern Shore". Collecting Delaware Books. John P. Reid. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Teagarden, Jack; Cornell and his Orchestra (1930). 1930 Studio Sessions. AMG (published 19 September 2006). R 2085842. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

Dale Wimbrow at Find a Grave