Einar Aaron Swan

Real Name:
Einar (Eino) William Swan
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American musician, arranger and composer March 20, 1903 – August 8, 1940.

Born of Finnish parents who had emigrated to the United States at the turn of the century, he was the second of nine children.
His father was a keen amateur musician and before Einar Swan had entered his teens, he played violin, clarinet, saxophone and piano. At the age of 16 he was already playing in his own dance band, Swanie's Serenaders, and travelling around Massachusetts for three years. Swan's main instrument had been the violin but during this period he switched to alto saxophone.

Around 1924, the bandleader Sam Lanin invited Swan to join his orchestra at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom, and Swan played with leading musicians such as cornettist Red Nichols, and members of The Charleston Chasers Vic Berton (drums) and Joe Tarto (tuba), with whom he soon started composing and arranging material for the orchestra. He also started arranging for the other resident band at the Roseland Ballroom, Fletcher Henderson's orchestra.

After five months with Lanin, Swan joined Vincent Lopez's band in 1925 and went on tour to England. The band at that time also featured Mike Mosiello, Xavier Cugat and his old bandmate Joe Tarto. Shortly thereafter, the Bar Harbor Society Orchestra released "Trail of Dreams" credited to Swan and Klage.

Around 1930 Swan stopped working as a musician and concentrated on arrangements, starting to work for radio programmes and bandleaders such as Eddie Cantor collaborator Dave Rubinoff and Raymond Paige.

In 1931 he wrote "When Your Lover Has Gone" which was featured in the James Cagney film Blonde Crazy (1931). The song became a hit and has since been covered by many other performers such as Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.

In 1939, he composed "In the Middle of a Dream" with Tommy Dorsey and Al Stillman, which was recorded by Glenn Miller and Red Norvo.

He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Greenwood Lake, New York in 1940 at the age of 37.
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Instruments & Performance

3368 Hello Bluebird / I'm On My Way Home — Einar Aaron Swan Vincent Lopez And His Casa Lopez Orchestra* Vincent Lopez And His Casa Lopez Orchestra* - Hello Bluebird / I'm On My Way Home(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 3368 US 1927 Sell This Version
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B-5537 Rolling In Love / My Hat's On The Side Of My Head — Einar Aaron Swan Vincent Lopez And His St. Regis Hotel Orchestra* Vincent Lopez And His St. Regis Hotel Orchestra* - Rolling In Love / My Hat's On The Side Of My Head(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5537 US 1934 Sell This Version
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Writing & Arrangement

273 Precious / Trail Of Dreams — Einar Aaron Swan The Ramblers (29) / Green's Vibraphone Dance Orchestra* Trail Of Dreams (as Swan) The Ramblers (29) / Green's Vibraphone Dance Orchestra* - Precious / Trail Of Dreams(Shellac, 10") Romeo 273 US 1926 Sell This Version
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1845 Blame It On The Waltz / Trail Of Dreams — Einar Aaron Swan Adrian Schubert's Salon Orchestra Trail Of Dreams (as Swan) Adrian Schubert's Salon Orchestra - Blame It On The Waltz / Trail Of Dreams(Shellac, 10") Banner 1845 US 1926 Sell This Version
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20238 Trail Of Dreams / Falling In Love With You — Einar Aaron Swan B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra Trail Of Dreams (Senda De Ensueños) (as Einar Swan) B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra - Trail Of Dreams / Falling In Love With You(Shellac, 10") Victor 20238 US 1926 Sell This Version
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805-D In A Little Spanish Town / Trail Of Dreams — Einar Aaron Swan The Cavaliers (2) Trail Of Dreams (as Swan) The Cavaliers (2) - In A Little Spanish Town / Trail Of Dreams Columbia 805-D US 1927 Sell This Version
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14818 White Ghost Shivers / The Devil Is Afraid Of Music — Einar Aaron Swan Earl Gresh's Orchestra* / Levee Loungers White Ghost Shivers (as Swan) Earl Gresh's Orchestra* / Levee Loungers - White Ghost Shivers / The Devil Is Afraid Of Music(Shellac, 10", Red) Perfect (3) 14818 US 1927 Sell This Version
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41498 Blue Again / When Your Lover Has Gone — Einar Aaron Swan Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra* When Your Lover Has Gone (as Swan) Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra* - Blue Again / When Your Lover Has Gone(Shellac, 10") OKeh 41498 US 1931 Sell This Version
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7692 You'll Be Mine In Apple Blossom Time / When Your Love Has Gone — Einar Aaron Swan Bob Haring & His Orchestra When Your Love Has Gone (as E.A. Swan) Bob Haring & His Orchestra - You'll Be Mine In Apple Blossom Time / When Your Love Has Gone(Shellac, 10") Conqueror 7692 US 1931 Sell This Version
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22652 When Your Lover Has Gone / Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone — Einar Aaron Swan Bert Lown And His Hotel Biltmore Orchestra When Your Lover Has Gone (Cuando Se Vaya Tu Amor) Bert Lown And His Hotel Biltmore Orchestra - When Your Lover Has Gone / Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone(Shellac, 10") Victor 22652 US 1931 Sell This Version
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B-5537 Rolling In Love / My Hat's On The Side Of My Head — Einar Aaron Swan Vincent Lopez And His St. Regis Hotel Orchestra* Vincent Lopez And His St. Regis Hotel Orchestra* - Rolling In Love / My Hat's On The Side Of My Head(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5537 US 1934 Sell This Version
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B-10075 They Say / A Room With A View — Einar Aaron Swan Artie Shaw And His Orchestra A Room With A View (as Einar Swan) Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - They Say / A Room With A View(Shellac, 10", Cam) Bluebird (3) B-10075 US 1938 Sell This Version
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4953 My Love For You / In The Middle Of A Dream — Einar Aaron Swan Red Norvo And His Orchestra In The Middle Of A Dream (as Swan) Red Norvo And His Orchestra - My Love For You / In The Middle Of A Dream(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 4953 US 1939 Sell This Version
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18555 When Your Lover Has Gone / My Ideal — Einar Aaron Swan Maxine Sullivan When Your Lover Has Gone (as E. A. Swan) Maxine Sullivan - When Your Lover Has Gone / My Ideal Decca 18555 US 1943 Sell This Version
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467 When Your Lover Has Gone / Falling In Love With Love / Baby Won't You Please Come Home — Einar Aaron Swan Frank Sinatra, Axel Stordahl And His Orchestra* / Jo Stafford And Her V-Disc Boys When Your Lover Has Gone (as Swan) Frank Sinatra, Axel Stordahl And His Orchestra* / Jo Stafford And Her V-Disc Boys - When Your Lover Has Gone / Falling In Love With Love / Baby Won't You Please Come Home(12") V Disc 467 US 1945 Sell This Version
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23393 When Your Lover Has Gone / Wherever There's Love (There's You And I) — Einar Aaron Swan Eddie Condon And His Orchestra When Your Lover Has Gone (as E. A. Swan) Eddie Condon And His Orchestra - When Your Lover Has Gone / Wherever There's Love (There's You And I) Decca 23393 US 1945 Sell This Version
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36773 When Your Lover Has Gone / I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) — Einar Aaron Swan Harry James And His Orchestra When Your Lover Has Gone (as Swan) Harry James And His Orchestra - When Your Lover Has Gone / I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) Columbia 36773 US 1945 Sell This Version
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36791 When Your Lover Has Gone / I Should Care — Einar Aaron Swan Frank Sinatra When Your Lover Has Gone (as Swan) Frank Sinatra - When Your Lover Has Gone / I Should Care(Shellac, 10") Columbia 36791 US 1945 Sell This Version
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S-9 Wild Bill Davison Showcase — Einar Aaron Swan Wild Bill Davison When Your Lover Has Gone (as E. A. Swan) Wild Bill Davison - Wild Bill Davison Showcase(3xShellac, 10", Album) Circle S-9 US 1948 Sell This Version
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CL 6071 You're My Thrill — Einar Aaron Swan Doris Day When Your Lover Has Gone (as Swan) Doris Day - You're My Thrill (Album) Columbia CL 6071 US 1949 Sell This Version
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10763 When Your Lover Has Gone / Carnegie Horizons — Einar Aaron Swan George Shearing Quintet* When Your Lover Has Gone (as Swan) George Shearing Quintet* - When Your Lover Has Gone / Carnegie Horizons MGM Records 10763 Canada 1950 Sell This Version
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C-220 Jazz Session — Einar Aaron Swan Bobby Hackett A Room With A View (as Swan) Bobby Hackett - Jazz Session (Album) Columbia C-220 US 1950 Sell This Version
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DL 5195 Jazz Band Ball No. 1 — Einar Aaron Swan Eddie Condon And His Orchestra When Your Lover Has Gone Eddie Condon And His Orchestra - Jazz Band Ball No. 1 (Comp) Decca DL 5195 US 1951 Sell This Version
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EBF-347, EBF 347 Romance In The Air — Einar Aaron Swan The Voices Of Walter Schumann When Your Lover Has Gone (as E. A. Swan) The Voices Of Walter Schumann - Romance In The Air (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records EBF-347, EBF 347 US 1952 Sell This Version
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F2290 I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan — Einar Aaron Swan The Voices Of Walter Schumann When Your Lover Has Gone (as E.A. Swan) The Voices Of Walter Schumann - I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan (Single) Capitol Records F2290 US 1952 Sell This Version