Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

SHILKRET, Nathaniel

(b 25 December 1896, NYC; d 18 February 1982) Composer, conductor. Played clarinet in symphony orchestras, for Arthur Pryor and John Philip Sousa. As a conductor he had hits 1924-32 on Victor, the biggest 'Dancing With Tears In My Eyes' with vocal by Lewis James. He was director of light music for Victor 1915-45, backing many of the label's artists. Compositions include a trombone concerto (played at the Hollywood Bowl in 1945 by Leopold Stokowski, with soloist Sgt. Hoyt Bohannon) and one movement of a cantata Genesis (he commissioned Schoenberg, Stravinsky and others to write the rest). His best-known song is 'Lonesome Road', co-written with Gene Austin.