1921 Pop Standards and Artists
Jones was a prolific songwriter, composing many popular tunes of his time, including “It Had to Be You,” “Swingin’ Down the Lane,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” and “On the Alamo.” Many of his songs have become jazz and popular music standards, covered by countless artists over the years.
The Isham Jones Orchestra featured many talented musicians, such as Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, who would later become successful bandleaders themselves. Jones continued to perform and record music until his retirement in the 1950s. He passed away on October 19, 1956, in Hollywood, Florida, but his legacy continues to influence musicians and listeners.
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Original Dixie Land Band
Paul Biese Trio and Frank Crumit
Van and Schenk
Top Artists and Songs of 1921
|Al Jolson – Although he usually wore blackface in live performances, he was also known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway
O -H-I-O (O-My-O!)
Say It With Music
|Benson Orchestra of Chicago
|Billy Murray & Billy Jones
Down By The O-HI-O
|Ethel Waters – in 1949, Ethel was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Pinky.
There’ll Be Some Changes made
|Fanny Brice – Her marriage to Nick Arnstein was the basis for the Broadway Musical and Film Funny Girl.
My Man – Signature Song
Second Hand Rose
Sweet Lady, All By Myself
Wabash Blues – Signature Song (#1 for six weeks)
|Mamie Smith (May 26, 1883 – September 16, 1946)
What Have I Done
Royal Garden Blues
|Marion Harris -” The Queen of the Blues”
Look For The Silver Lining
I’m A Jazz Vampire
I Ain’t Got Nobody – Signature Song
I’m Nobody’s Baby
Beale Street Blues
|Nora Bayes – AKA Eleanor Goldberg, was married five times, and adopted three children.
|Original Dixieland Jazz Band called themselves the Creators of Jazz because they made some of the earliest jazz recordings, in 1917.
St. Louis Blues
Night May Have Its Sadness
|Paul Biese Trio and Frank Crumit
|Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra were the most popular band of the 1920s.
Say It With Music
Song of India
My Man (Mon Homme)
Learn To Smile
Deep In Your Eyes
|Ted Lewis (June 6, 1890 – August 25, 1971)
All By Myself
|Van and Schenck
Ain’t We Got Fun? – Signature Song