Bert Lown

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Bert Lown
(photo from the cover of the sheet music issue of "By My Side")
Background information
Birth nameAlbert Charles Lown
Also known asBert Lee
Born(1903-06-06)June 6, 1903
White Plains, New York, United States
DiedNovember 20, 1962(1962-11-20) (aged 59)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Years active1920s–1930s
LabelsDiva, Harmony, Velvet Tone, Columbia, Victor, Bluebird

Bert Lown (born Albert Charles Lown;[1] 6 June 1903 – 20 November 1962) was an American violinist, orchestra leader, and songwriter.


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.


The song writing, Lown's collaborators included Moe Jaffe, Jack O'Brien (pianist with Ted Weems in the 1930s), and Fred Hamm.

Recording history[edit]

Selected compositions[edit]

  • "Bye Bye Blues"
  • "You're the One I Care For"
  • "By My Side"
  • "Tired"
  • "I'm Disappointed in You"
  • "My Heart and I"
  • "Today and Tomorrow"
  • "Let Me Fill Your Day With Music"
  • "Thumbs Up,"[2] theme song in 1941 of the British War Relief Society[3]


Bert Lown sometimes used the pseudonym "Bert Lee."[2]


  1. ^ "New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820–1945" (database)
    FamilySearch (12 March 2018), "Albert Charles Lown" (passenger), 1940; citing Ship Delmundo, affiliate film #175, NARA microfilm publications M259 and T905 (Washington D.C.); FHL microfilm (fka GS No.) 2311525
  2. ^ 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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