Lewis James


Lewis James

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Lewis James
Background = Khaki
Died = February 19, 1959
Occupation = Singer
Genre = Close harmony
Years_active = 1917 - 1930s
Instrument = Voice (tenor)

Lewis James (unknown - February 19, 1959 was a vocalist and among the most active of recording artists in the United States from 1917 through much of the 1930s. [cite web| title=Songwriters Hall of Fame| url=http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/artist_bio.asp?artistId=81| accessdate=2007-03-20] He was a member of the The Shannon Four, The Revelers, and The Criterion Trio. He had many Top Ten hits during that time, including "My Baby Boy", "Till We Meet Again", "What'll I Do", and "Pal of My Cradle Days", among others. [cite web| title=Songwriters Hall of Fame| url=http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/artist_bio.asp?artistId=81| accessdate=2007-03-20] He died in 1959. [cite web| title=Songwriters Hall of Fame| url=http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/artist_bio.asp?artistId=81| accessdate=2007-03-20]

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Lewis James was born in Dexter, Michigan on July 29, 1892.He recorded extensively as a soloist,duet partner, and quartet lead singer. His first recording with the Shannon Four(aka the Shannon Quartet) was the World War I chestnut, "All Aboard For Home Sweet Home." Like many of his colleagues, he proved exceedingly versatile in recording love ballads, hymns, children's songs, and the more sophisticated early jazz harmonies of the Revelers with whom he made several successful European tours. The Shannon Four, Revelers, Crescent Trio, and Merrymakers consistedmostly of the same singers, with occasional substitutes. His sweet melodic tenor isimmortalized on Victor, Columbia, and Edison recordings, mostly from 1917 through 1927.


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