Henry Halstead led a band at the St. Francis Hotel (335 Powell Street) in San Francisco from 1922 to 1925. His band also appeared nightly on KGO radio broadcasts that spread the name of his orchestra up and down the West Coast. Halstead's band went on to play extended residencies at hotels and clubs in Los Angeles, Seattle and Santa Monica up until early 1944 when he disbanded the orchestra because he was losing so many of his musicians to the war effort. The Halstead Orchestra was one of the first jazz or dance bands to make a sound movie short in 1927. The Warner Brothers' Vitaphone film was called 'Carnival Nights In Paris'. After he left the bandleader business Halstead bought an airfield, a restaurant and dance hall in Big Bear, California. He lived there for a few years and then moved to San Francisco where he booked talent at the St. Francis Hotel for a couple of years. After that he moved to Los Angeles, California and booked talent for a couple of more years there. Halstead then he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where once again he booked talent for a few years and then got into real estate.

Thanks to Hank Halstead Jr. for his help with the information on this page.

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Ain't That Too Bad
(Chick Endor / Eddie Ward)
5-16-1927 Los Angeles, California Victor
20691-B
Bull Frog Serenade
(Charles F. Caldwell)
6-19-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19511-A
Bygones
(Kerr / Abrahamson / Warner)
9-12-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19552
China Girl
(Halstead / Warner / Singer)
9-12-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19579
Dream Of Love And You
(Transcribed from Liszt's "Liebestraum" by Glenhall Taylor)
5-12-1926 Los Angeles, California Victor
20062-B
Frantic 6-20-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19513
Give Me Today 5-12-1926 Los Angeles, California Victor
20061-A
I Don't Know Why
(Frank Galvin / Jack Coakley)
9-12-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19482-A
If I Were King
from the Musical Comedy "Patsy"

(Ingleton / Grey / Kornblum)
5-12-1926 Los Angeles, California Victor
20062-A
Moonlight And Roses
(Neil Moret / Ben Black)
2-6-1925 Oakland, California Victor
19579-B
My Idea Of Heaven
(Is To Be In Love With You)
5-16-1927 Los Angeles, California Victor
20689
On The Way To Monterey
(Neil Moret / Ben Black)
1-23-1925 Oakland, California Victor
19579-A
One Moment More With You
Vocal Refrain by Buster Dees

(Ray Egan / Dick Whiting / Neil Moret)
4-8-1929 Hollywood, California Victor
22000-B
Pal Of My Lonesome Hours 5-16-1927 Los Angeles, California Victor
20688
Panama
(Tyers)
6-20-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19514
Playmates
(Billy Hill)
2-6-1925 Oakland, California Victor
19575-B
Rosy Cheeks
(Simmons / Whiting)
5-16-1927 Los Angeles, California Victor
20691-A
Sweet Little You
(Irving M. Bilbo)
8-30-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19406
Tear Drops
(Lou Davis / Arnold Johnson)
3-28-1929 Hollywood, California Victor
22000-A
Tessie (Stop Teasing Me)
(Brooke Johns / Ray Perkins)
8-30-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19474-A
That's My Girl
(Joe McKiernan / Henry D. Kerr)
6-20-1924 Oakland, California Victor
19482-B
The Roses Brought Me You 5-12-1926 Los Angeles, California Victor
20061-B
ArtistInstrument
Hal Chanslor Piano
Buster Dees Vocal
Ross Dugat Trombone
Marion Fonville Vocal
Henry Halstead Violin, Leader
Phil Harris Drums
Craig Leitch Vocal
Zebe Mann Banjo, Guitar
Abe Maule Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Violin
Chuck Moll Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Red Nichols Trumpet
Ernie Reed Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
The Rounders Vocal
Ted Schilling Trumpet
Title Director Year
Carnival Nights In Paris Vitaphone 1927




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