Victor Arden

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Victor Arden
Victor Arden & Phil Ohman.jpg
Victor Arden and Phil Ohman
Born Lewis John Fuiks
March 8, 1893
Wenona, Illinois
Died July 31, 1962
New York City
Nationality American
Occupation Pianist

Victor Arden was the stage name for an American pianist named Lewis John Fuiks (8 March 1893 — 31 July 1962)[1] who was best known as the piano duo partner of and co-orchestra leader with Phil Ohman from 1922 to 1932.[2] He was the pianist in the All-Star Trio, who made several hits for Victor Records between 1919 and 1921.[3]

Early years[edit]

Arden was born March 8, 1893, in Wenona, Illinois.[1]

Radio[edit]

In 1935, Arden was described in a newspaper article as "well-known to music lovers and radio listeners."[4] At the time, Arden's orchestra was featured on Musical Moments, which was carried on over 300 stations weekly.[4]

Recording[edit]

Before 1920, Arden was making recordings to be reproduced on player pianos manufactured by the American Piano Company.[5]

Death[edit]

Arden died July 31, 1962, in New York City.[1]

Selected compositions[edit]

1909

  • Safety Pin Catch

1918

  • Just Blue, also by Frank Wheeler Wadsworth (1889–1929)

1919

  • In My Dreams
  • Lucille, also by Frank Wheeler Wadsworth (1889–1929)
  • Marilynn, also by Frank Wheeler Wadsworth (1889–1929)
  • Honeymoon Waltz, words by Ray Sherwood (born 1895), music by Victor Arden

1920

  • Hy n' Dry
  • Rose of the Orient, also by Frank Wheeler Wadsworth (1889–1929) & George Hamilton Green
  • Dolly, I Love You, also by Frank Wheeler Wadsworth (1889–1929) & Dick Long
  • Molly, also by Frank Wheeler Wadsworth (1889–1929) & Dick Long
  • Who Wants a Baby?, also by George Hamilton Green
  • Dottie Dimples, also by George Hamilton Green
  • In Blossom Time, also by Louis Weslyn (pseudonym for Weslyn Jones) (1884–1937)

1921

1922

1941

  • Hearts in Harmony
  • We'd Rather Die Upon Our Feet Than Live Upon Our Knees, words by Henry A. Murphy, melody by Joseph Russel Robinson (1892–1963) & Victor Arden
  • Unity, words by Henry A. Murphy, melody by Joseph Russel Robinson (1892–1963) & Victor Arden
  • Let's Incorporate, also by Lawrence M. Klee (died 1957)

Education[edit]

Arden was a graduate of the University of Chicago and studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.

Family[edit]

Arden was married twice. He first married Ilse Alma Spindler (born April 1894) – a 1916 graduate of the University of Chicago – in Chicago, on May 2, 1917.[6] Lewis and Alma had two sons: Robert Spindler Fuiks (1921–2009)[7] and Lewis John Fuiks, Jr. (1919–2004). Victor remarried in the 1950s to Frances Newsom, a classical soprano.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. Pp. 14-15.
  2. ^ The New York Times, August 1, 1962
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 22. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  4. ^ a b "WKBO". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Harrisburg Telegraph. September 13, 1935. p. 19. Retrieved February 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Answering a Question". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 18, 1919. p. 7. Retrieved February 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920
  7. ^ Obituaries: Robert Spindler Fuiks, TCPalm.com, Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group, Stuart, Florida, December 1, 2009