from Bayonne, NJ
May 30, 1891 - October 20, 1943 (age 52)
Songwriter Ben Bernie was a popular bandleader of the late '20s and '30s who is best known as the composer of Sweet Georgia Brown. Born Benjamin Anzelwitz in N.Y.C., 1891, he studied at the NY College of Music, CCNY, and Columbia School of Mines. Before the 1920s, Bernie performed monologues and played the violin in vaudeville, teaming up with Phil Baker for awhile. Bernie formed a dance band in 1922 and within a few years earned increasing popularity with recordings and radio play. Pianist/arranger Al Goering was a force through most of his band's career, and the early lineup also included trumpeter Bill Jazz Moore and saxophonist Jack Pettis. Later lineups included the alto saxophonist Dick Stabile in the early '30s, and the more swinging arrangements of Gray Rains in the late '30s. Bernie got his own radio series, and became known for his sense of humor and trademark expression, "Yowsah, Yowsah!" He named himself "the Old Maestro" and called his band Ben Bernie All the Lads. During the 1930s, Bernie also had a long-running "feud" with columnist Walter Winchell, leading to the duo co-starring in the films #Wake Up and Live (1937) and #Love and Hisses (1938). Bernie had acted in a Broadway production before this, 1928's +Here's Howe. His band played at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933; appeared in the movies #Shoot the Works (1934) and #Stolen Harmony (1935); and recorded for the Brunswick, Columbia, and Vocalion labels, among others. Ben Bernie co-wrote Sweet Georgia Brown, Strange Interlude, I Can't Believe It's True, Who's Your Little Who Zis, and others, including Pretty Little Baby and I Can't Forget That You Forgot About Me. ~ Joslyn Layne, Rovi
Ben Bernie COMPLETE sound film 1924-1925!!!
Ben Bernie- Sweet Georgia Brown
1931 Ben Bernie - Me! (Ben Bernie, vocal)
Ben Bernie and His Orchestra - I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover (1927)
Ben Bernie Documentary - Hollywood Walk of Fame
1st RECORDING OF: Sweet Georgia Brown - Ben Bernie (1925 instrumental)
Roaring Twenties: Ben Bernie Orch.- Ain't She Sweet, 1927
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