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Nick Lucas was a very popular recording artist of the 1920's and 1930's. A skilled multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar, banjo, ukelele, etc.) he played and sang variously in vaudeville and clubs, and was billed as "The Singing Troubadour." From 1918 until 1920 Nick and his brother Frank formed part of the Lucas Ukelele Trio and Novelty Quartet which recorded for Pathe. A first generation American, Dominic Nicholas Anthony Lucanese was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1897. Lucas sang with conviction and style, and was able to bring sincerity and musicality to the best songs of a great era of songwriting. As a guitarist he was one of the most advanced soloists in the entire family of string instruments in that pivotal early period. Lucas made the first solo jazz guitar record for Pathe in 1922, featuring his original compositions, "Pickin' The Guitar" and "Teasin' The Frets." In 1929 he was featured in two Warner-Vitaphone pictures, The Show Of Shows, and the more prestigious 1929 Gold Diggers Of Broadway, where he introduced "Painting The Clouds With Sunshine" and "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me," which provided Nick with his only No. 1 hit. It would sell in excess of two million copies and secured his immortality. During the 1950's Nick made extensive tours of Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. A regular on American TV, he was often featured on the Ed Sullivan Show. In 1974 he sang "I'm Gonna Charleston Back To Charleston," "When You And I Were Seventeen," and "Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue" for the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning Paramount re-make of The Great Gatsby, the following year providing similar fare for the Oscar-nominated satire on Hollywood's early talkie era: The Day Of The Locust. Nick Lucas died in Newark, New Jersey, on July 28, 1982.

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page.

Lucas Ukelele Trio Novelty Quartet
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You
From "Charlot's Revue of 1926

(Rose / Dubin / Meyer)
1-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3052
Adorable
(Tom Ford / Ray Wynburn)
5-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3184-B
All Of Me
(Gerald Marks / Seymour Simons)
1-1932 New York, New York Hit Of The Week
A-4-B-1
Always
(Irving Berlin)
2-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3088-A
Among My Souvenirs
(Edgar Leslie / Horatio Nicholls)
10-12-27 New York, New York Brunswick
3684-B
An Evening In Caroline
(Walter Donaldson)
1-1932 New York, New York Hit Of The Week
B-3-4
A Thousand Goodnights
(Walter Donaldson)
5-8-1934 New York, New York Banner
33061
Perfect
13006-B
Because I Love You
(Irving Berlin)
10-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3367
Because They All Love You
(Malie / Little)
2-7-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2803-B
Blue Heaven 10-12-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3684-A
Boy! Oh! Boy! I've Got It Bad 3-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6098
Broken Hearted 7-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3602-A
Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue?
(George W. Meyer / Alfred Bryan)
9-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2961-B
By The Light Of The Stars
(Little / Sizemore / Shay)
7-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2906-B
Bye Bye, Blackbird
(Mort Dixon / Ray Henderson)
5-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3184-A
Can't You Read Between The Lines?
(Fein / Durbin / Meyer)
3-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6104
Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie 5-8-1934 New York, New York Banner 33062-A
Chiquita
(L. Wolfe Gilbert / Mabel Wayne)
9-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
4016
Coquette
(Gus Kahn / Carmen Lombardo /Jimmy Green)
3-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4302
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
(Al Dubin / Joe Burke)
5-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
Don't Call Me Sweetheart Any More New York, New York Capitol 607
Don't Tell Her What's Happened To Me
(Buddy DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
8-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4896
Dreamer Of Dreams
(Gus Kahn / Ted Fiorito)
11-1924 New York, New York Brunswick
2768
Falling In Love Again
(Hollander)
2-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6048
For All We Know 8-3-1934 New York, New York Banner 33124
Forever And Ever With You 11-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
3021-B
For Old Time's Sake 8-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3965
Go Home And Tell Your Mother
(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
9-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4900
Goin' Home 5-8-1934 New York, New York Banner 33062-B
Goodnight Ladies 1-1932 New York, New York Hit Of The Week
A-4-B-1
Goodnight Sweetheart 10-5-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
Heart O' Mine 1-18-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4215
Hello! Beautiful 1-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6049
Hello, Bluebird
(Friend)
10-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3370
High, High, High Up In The Hills
(Watching The Clouds Roll By)

(Lewis / Young / Abrahams)
1-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3439-B
How About Me? 1-18-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4156
How Many Times?
(Irving Berlin)
7-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3229
I'd Love To Call You Sweetheart
(Goodwin / Shay / Ash)
10-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3369-B
I Don't Believe It - But Say It Again
(Richman / Silver)
2-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3088-B
I Don't Want Your Kisses
(If I Can't Have Your Love)
From the Motion Picture "So This Is College"

(Fisher / Broones)
6-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4547
If I Can't Have You
(Nick Lucas)
3-25-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2827-B
If You Hadn't Gone Away
(Brown / Rose / Henderson )
9-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2961-A
I Called To Say Goodnight 12-21-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
I Can't Believe That Your In Love With Me 8-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3614
I Can't Believe That Your In Love With Me 10-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
I Can't Do Without You 4-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3925
Ich Liebe Dich (I Love You) 8-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4464
I Found Somebody To Love
(Lucas / Stept)
9-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2990-B
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
(Allert / Turk)
1-17-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4156
I'll Never Ask For More 1-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4171
I'm Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
(Al Dubin / Joe Burke)
5-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4834
I Might Have Know
(Nick Lucas)
7-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2940-B
I'm Glad I Found A Girl Like You 4-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3185
I'm Looking For A Girl Named Mary 2-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3466-B
I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover
(Woods / Dixon)
1-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3439-A
I'm Sure Of Everything But You 12-21-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
6459
I'm Tired Of Everything But You
(Isham Jones)
7-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2940-A
I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In
(Yellen / Olman)
2-25-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3853
I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In
(Yellen / Olman)
2-27-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3968
I'm Yours 11-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4960
I Miss A Little Miss (Who Misses Me In Sunny Tennessee) 10-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4987
In A Little Spanish Town
(Lewis / Young / Wayne)
1-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3433-A
Isn't She The Sweetest Thing?
(Gus Kahn / Walter Donaldson)
7-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2906-A
I Still Love You
(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
2-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3850-B
I Surrender, Dear 3-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6089
It Must Be Love 4-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3925
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
(Rose / Link / Waller)
3-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4302
I've Got The Girl
(Walter Donaldson)
10-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3370
I've Named A Pillow After You
(Rose / Lucas / Waldroin)
3-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2827-A
Just A Little Closer 8-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4896
Just Another Kiss 5-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4390
Just Like A Melody Out Of The Sky 6-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3965
Keep Sweeping Cobwebs Off The Moon
(Lewis / Young / Levant)
11-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3749
Kiss And Make Up
(Miller / Bogate / Hoefle)
11-22-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3736-B
Lady Play Your Mandolin
(Caesar / Levant)
12-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
6013
Let Me Live And Love You Just For To-Nite
(Stept / Lucas)
7-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3283-B
Let's Get Friendly 3-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6098
Little White House
(Dowling / Hanley)
11-1926 New York, New York Cameo 1070
Looking At The World Through Rose-Colored Glasses
(Tommie Malie / Jimmy Steiger)
7-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3283-A
Love Thy Neighbor
From "We're Not Dressing"

(Gordon / Revel)
5-8-1934 New York, New York Banner 33061
Perfect
13006-A
Marcheta
(Schertzinger)
2-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3853
Marcheta
(Schertzinger)
6-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3968
Maybe It's Love 9-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4960
Moonbeam! Kiss Her For Me
(Dixon / Woods)
3-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3492-B
Moon Glow 8-3-1934 New York, New York Banner 33124
More Beautiful Than Ever 12-21-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
6459
My Best Girl
(Walter Donaldson)
11-1924 New York, New York Brunswick
2768-A
My Bundle Of Love
(Price / Silver)
3-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3141-A
My Heart Belongs To THe Girl Who Belongs To Someone Else 7-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4860
My Heart Belongs To The Girl Who Belongs To Someone Else
(Sherman / Lewis)
6-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4847
My Ohio Home
(Gus Kahn / Walter Donaldson)
11-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3773
My Song Of The Nile
(Bryan / Meyer)
8-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4464
My Tonia
(Buddy DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
12-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
4141
No Fooling 3-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3141-B
Now You're In My Arms 3-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
Old Timer 1-18-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4215
Painting The Clouds With Sunshine
(Al Dubin / Joe Burke)
5-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4418
Precious
(Egan / Whiting / Pasternacki)
10-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3369-A
Pickin' The Guitar
(Nick Lucas)
7-1922 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle 020794
Pickin' The Guitar
(Nick Lucas)
10-20-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2536-A
Pickin' The Guitar
(Nick Lucas)
12-6-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
6508
Put Your Arms Where They Belong
(For They Belong To Me)

(Davis / Santly / Ackman)
1-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3433-B
Precious
(Egan / Whiting / Pasternacki)
10-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3369
Rosy Cheeks 4-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3518-S
Running Between The Raindrops 2-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6049
Side By Side
(Harry Woods)
4-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3512
Say "Hello" To The Folks Back Home 12-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
6013
Sing Me A Baby Song 7-6-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3602-B
Singing A Song To The Stars
(Johnson / Meyers)
7-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4860
Singing A Song To The Stars
(Johnson / Meyers)
6-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4847
Singin' In The Rain
(Freed / Brown)
05-14-29 New York, New York Brunswick
4378
Sleepy Head
(Davis / Greer)
7-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3229
Sleepy-Time Girl
(Alden / Egan / Lorenzo / Whiting)
11-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2990-A
Smile A Little Bit
(Schenk / Morton / Shevlin)
11-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
3021-A
So Blue
(DeSylva / Brown / Henderson / Crawford)
3-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3492-A
Someday, Somewhere (We'll Meet Again)
(Pollack / Rapee)
9-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
4016
Somebody Like You
(Friend / Donaldson)
2-7-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
2803-A
Some Rainy Day
(Melrose / Spikes / Spikes / Donaldson)
1-17-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4214
Sunshine
(Irving Berlin)
2-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3850-A
Sweatheart's Holiday 8-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4468
Sweet Someone 8-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3614
Teasin' The Frets
(Nick Lucas)
7-1922 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle 020794
Teasin' The Frets
(Nick Lucas)
10-20-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2536-B
Teasin' The Frets
(Nick Lucas)
12-6-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
6508
Telling The Daisies
(But It Never Gets Back To Me)

(Joe Young / Harry Warren)
5-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4834
That's My Desire 6-30-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6147
The Kiss Waltz 9-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4900
The Only, Only One
(Green / Monaco / Warren)
2-18-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2846-B
The Song Has Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)
(Irving Berlin)
11-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3736-A
The Song I Love 12-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
4141
Three Little Words
(Bert Kalmar / Harry Ruby)
10-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4959
Till Tomorrow 12-21-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me
(Al Dubin / Joe Burke)
5-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4418
Together
(Buddy DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
11-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3749
Underneath The Stars With You
(Nick Lucas / Sam Stept)
4-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3518-B
Underneath The Weeping Willow 2-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3466-A
Until The End 8-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4547
Until Tomorrow 12-20-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
6462
Wabash Moon 3-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6089
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
(Turk / Ahlert)
2-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6048
Wasting My Love On You
(Leslie / Warren)
9-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4959
When I Think Of You
(Rose)
02-18-23 New York, New York Brunswick
2846-A
When My Dreams Come True 5-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4390
When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain 6-30-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6147
When The World Is At Rest 1-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4171
When You Were The Blossom Of Buttercup Lane And I Was Your Little Boy Blue 1-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6045
When You're In My Arms 4-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6104
When Your Lonely
(Lucas / Thompson)
10-1926 New York, New York Brunswick
3367
When You Said "Goodnight"
("Did You Really Mean Goodbye"?)

(Caesar / Friend)
5-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3966
Where Are You, Dream Girl?
(Davis / Frisch / Motzan)
7-1929 Los Angeles, California Brunswick
4468
Whose Who Are You? 12-7-1925 New York, New York Brunswick
3052
Without You Sweetheart
(Buddy DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
11-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3773
Why Shouldn't I Say That I'm Sorry
(When Nobody's Sorry For Me)

(Conley)
4-1927 New York, New York Brunswick
3512
You Didn't Have To Tell Me
(I Knew It All The Time)
1-1931 New York, New York Brunswick
6045
Your Mother And Mine 05-14-29 New York, New York Brunswick
4378
You're A Real Sweetheart 5-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
3966
You're Driving Me Crazy
(Walter Donaldson)
11-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4987
(You're Not Asking Me) I'm Telling You
(Rose / Lewis / Young)
1-17-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4214
Artist Instrument
Phil Boutelje Piano
Ted Fiorito Piano
David Rubinoff Piano
Sammy Stept Piano, Celeste
Bill Wirges Piano
Victor Young Orchestra
unknown Guitar, Piano
Title Director Year
Gold Diggers of Broadway Roy Del Ruth 1929
The Show of Shows John G. Adolfi 1929
This Is the Life Marshall Neilan 1935
Yankee Doodle Home Arthur Dreifuss 1939
Disc Jockey Will Jason 1951
The Great Gatsby Jack Clayton 1974