Henry Creamer & Turner Layton

There is not a lot known about Henry Creamer and John Turner Layton. Creamer was born in Richmond, Virginia on June 21, 1879 and Layton was born in 1894. Their songs though are very well known and many have become jazz standards.

Turner LaytonTheir first big hit was After You've Gone, written in 1918 and was first made popular by Sophie Tucker who had a penchant for black written material. In 1921, they wrote Strut Miss Lizzie which was introduced by Van and Schenck in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921. The following year they wrote Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, which was introduced by the duo in Spice of 1922. It has proven to be a very popular number over the years. It was recorded by Bix Beiderbecke in 1927 and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced to it on film in 1939. In 1926, Creamer teamed with James P. Johnson to write If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight). It was first featured in Irvin C. Miller's Brownskin Models by George Randol and Andy Razaf. In 1930, it was introduced to the white popular music market by Ruth Etting and soon after became a top seller. In that same year Louis Armstrong, and McKinney's Cotton Pickers also recorded it. Due to its success, James P. Johnson gained admittance to ASCAP

Henry Creamer died on October 14, 1930 in New York City. Layton spent time performing in Britain in the thirties. His residence there was bombed during WWII. Layton died in 1978.

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