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Ben Bernie

Benjamin Anselvitz

Violinist, Bandleader, Composer, Radio Host

(1891 - 1943)

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Big Bands Database


Films at imdb.com
Film--"... and All the Lads" at ...
Ben Bernie was a popular bandleader in the ‘20s-‘30s and even into the ‘40s although he never picked up on the “swing” craze. He started out in vaudeville but enjoyed greater success as a personable bandleader and the host of his own radio show from 1933 to 1937, amusing audiences with his trademark lingo and his opening, “Yowsah, Yowsah.” His band appeared in several films, the best of which, Wake Up and Live, featured the song, “There’s a Lull in My Life.” He and columnist Walter Winchell carried on a “feud” both on radio and in film but in real life were good friends. Dinah Shore sang off and on with his band before she joined Eddie Cantor who was credited with her discovery.

The most notable of his compositions is “Sweet Georgia Brown” (1925) on which he collaborated with Maceo Pinkard and Ken Casey.

- Sandra Burlingame

The Roaring Twenties

Paul Whiteman (Includes "She's Funny That Way" by Ben Bernie and His Orchestra)

Sweet Georgia Brown

Johnny Mercer

Menuhin and Grappelli Play "Jealousy" and Other Great Standards

Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli Includes "Sweet Georgia Brown"

The Old Maestro

Ben Bernie & His Orchestra
Reading and Viewing

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Charles Garrod

Ben Bernie and his orchestra

Joyce Record Club Publication

(Includes Ben Bernie and His Orchestra)

At the Jazz Band Ball - Early Hot Jazz, Song and Dance (1993)


Ben Bernie Orchestra, Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, Eddie Cantor, Elsa Lanchester

First Sound of Movies (Bonus Edition)

Inkwell Images


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