(photo from the cover of the sheet music issue of "By My Side")
|Birth name||Albert Charles Lown|
|Also known as||Bert Lee|
|Born||June 6, 1903|
White Plains, New York, United States
|Died||November 20, 1962 (aged 59)|
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Labels||Diva, Harmony, Velvet Tone, Columbia, Victor, Bluebird|
Lown was born in White Plains, New York. He began as a sideman playing the violin in Fred Hamm's band, and in the 1920s and 1930s he led a series of jazz-oriented dance bands (the most famous being the Biltmore Hotel Orchestra), making a large number of recordings in that period for Victor Records. In 1925 (or 1930), (with Hamm, Dave Bennett, and Chauncey Gray) he composed the well-known standard "Bye Bye Blues." He also wrote some other songs, including "You're The One I Care For" and "Tired." By the mid-1930s he quit leading the orchestras, becoming a booking agent and manager; eventually he left the music industry and moved on to executive positions in the television industry. He died of a heart attack in 1962 in Portland, Oregon.
- 1929 he recorded for Columbia's dime store labels (Diva, Harmony, and Velvet Tone)
- 1930 he recorded for the Plaza/ARC dime store labels (including Banner, Cameo, Pathe, Perfect, Jewel, Regal Records, Conqueror)
- 1930 he also recorded two sessions for Hit of the Week
- 1930 he also recorded two sessions for Columbia
- 1930-1932 he recorded prolifically for Victor
- 1933 while still signed to Victor, his records were assigned to the new Bluebird dime store label (these sides were also released on Electradisk, the super rare Sunrise label, as well as the special Fox Movietone label).
- "Bye Bye Blues"
- "You're the One I Care For"
- "By My Side"
- "I'm Disappointed in You"
- "My Heart and I"
- "Today and Tomorrow"
- "Let Me Fill Your Day With Music"
- "Thumbs Up," theme song in 1941 of the British War Relief Society
Bert Lown sometimes used the pseudonym "Bert Lee."
- "New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820–1945" (database)
- Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Vol. 22, Part 5, No. 2, Section I "Music – Current and Renewal Registrations: July – December 1968," Library of Congress, Copyright Office, p. 2380"Thumbs Up" (song)
© EP97171 16 August 1941
© Renewal R442580 18 August 1968
- The American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942 (Vol. 2 of 2; "Arthur Lange to Bob Zurke"), by Brian Rust, Arlington House Publishers (1975), p. 1211; [http://213787091 213787091
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