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Seymour Simons


Pianist, Songwriter, Orchestra Leader, Radio Producer

(1896 - 1940)

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Seymour Simons returned to Detroit after service in WWI and built a reputation as a pianist and songwriter, providing material for stage stars Nora Bayes and Elsie Janis. In 1919 he wrote “Just Like A Gypsy” with Bayes, who, in addition to being a popular entertainer, was already a songwriter best known for “Shine on Harvest Moon,” written with her performer/husband Jack Norworth in 1910. “Just Like a Gypsy” was recorded in 1941 by Maxine Sullivan and in 1946 by Peggy Lee.

A collaboration in 1926 with Richard Whiting produced “Hello, Baby,” recorded by Ruth Etting, and the popular “Breezin’ Along With the Breeze,” in conjunction with Haven Gillespie, which was first recorded by Josephine Baker, used in the film Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955), and sung by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in their 1954 film, The Long, Long Trailer. The trio also collaborated on “(I’m in Love with You) Honey” (1928) which appeared in the film, Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945). With Gus Kahn, Simons wroteJust Can’t Be Bothered with Me” (1929) and “Sweetheart of My Student Days” (1930).

Simons worked in radio production and booking from 1928 to 1932 and led an orchestra on the radio in the early ‘30s. In 1931 he collaborated with Gerald Marks on his biggest hit, “All of Me,” which has maintained its popularity over the years, winning the “Towering Song” award given by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.

- Sandra Burlingame


Maxine Sullivan - Loch Lomond: Greatest Hits 1937-1942

Maxine Sullivan Includes "Just Like Gypsy"



Love Me or Leave Me

Ruth Etting INcludes "Hello Baby"



Breezin' Along

Kenny Davern



No More Blues

Susannah Mccorkle Includes "Breezin' Along with the Breeze"



Breezin' Along

Josephine Baker Includes "Breezin' Along with the Breeze"



All of Me: Live in Tokyo

Little Jimmy Scott



All of Me

Joey De Francesco



All of Me

Johnny Hartman
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Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin

All of Me

Lions Gate

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Richard Alexander, Robert Anderson, Desi Arnaz, Walter S. Baldwin, Lucille Ball

The Long, Long Trailer

Warner Home Video

DVD


Jud De Naut, John Dennis, Andy Devine, Herbert Ellis, Nick Fatool

Pete Kelly's Blues

DVD


Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

VHS


Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

Jack Webb, Janet Leigh

Warner Home Video

VHS

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