Gilbert Watson and his Orchestra formed in 1925 in Toronto. They were one of the first Canadian dance bands to record. The band played at the Prince George Hotel and broadcast on radio station CFRB. They also played at the Old Mill on Bloor Street on the Humber River in Toronto from 1936 to 1942. The band broke up sometime in the late 1930s.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Bamboola
(Conrad / Cirina)
12-7-1925 Montreal, Canada Apex 726
Starr 23016
Don't Wake Me Up Let Me Dream
(Gilbert / Wayne / Baer)
12-7-1925 Montreal, Canada Apex 728
Starr 23018
How Could Red Riding Hood?
(Randolph)
11-15-1926 Montreal, Canada Domino 21564
I Just Want To Be Known As "Susie's Feller"
(Brown / Dreyer)
11-15-1926 Montreal, Canada Domino 21563
Lonesome Me
(Stoneham / Mallen)
12-7-1925 Montreal, Canada Apex 728
Starr 23018
St. Louis Blues
(W.C. Handy)
11-15-1926 Montreal, Canada Domino 21563
That's All There Is (There Ain't No More)
(Words)
12-7-1925 Montreal, Canada Apex 726
Starr 23016
Who Loved You Best?
(Whipple / Wylie / Davidson)
12-7-1925 Montreal, Canada Apex 727
Starr 23017
Whose Are You?
(Klages / Green / Greer)
12-7-1925 Montreal, Canada Apex 727
Starr 23017
Artist Instrument
Bob Cawston ? Trombone
Ed Culley Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Gibson ? Alto Saxophone
Charlie Heyward Banjo, Guitar, Vocal
Doc Hollingshead Drums
Curtis Little Trumpet
Johnny Millard ? Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sam Ryle Tuba
Vern Shilling Trombone
Tony Thorpe ? Trombone
Gilbert Watson Piano, Leader
The Canadian Jazz Discography 1916 - 1980 by Jack Litchfeild, University Of Toronto Press, 1982
Such Melodious Racket; The Lost History Of Jazz In Canada 1914 - 1949 by Mark Miller, Mercury Press, 1997