C. W. Murphy

Clarence Wainwright Murphy, is a misidentification of Charles William Murphy (1870–1913), who as C. W. Murphy was a prolific British composer of music hall and musical theatre tunes. He was born in Manchester on 14 February 1870 and died in Blackpool on 18 or 19 June 1913. He is perhaps best known for the song "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" with lyric by Will Letters (1908). In 1926, "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" was made into an animated short of the same title directed by Dave Fleischer, and in 1928 into a feature film directed by William Wyler. The song was also performed in the 1943 film Hello Frisco, Hello. With frequent collaborator Dan Lipton (1873–1935) he also wrote "My Girl's a Yorkshire Girl", mentioned by James Joyce in his novel Ulysses and also turned into a 1909 short sound film of the same name. Another song, "Little Yellow-bird", (aka "Goodbye, Little Yellow Bird") written with lyricist W. Hargreave, can be seen performed by Scottish comedian Charlie Naughton in the 1938 film Alf's Button Afloat and by Angela Lansbury in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray and again by Lansbury in the 1985 episode "Sing a Song of Murder" from her TV series Murder, She Wrote.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1875

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 0154 7-in. 5/19/1899 On Sunday night it was Barney McHugh Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor B-3955 10-in. 11/1/1906 If the world were ruled by girls Burt Shepard Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6488 10-in. 9/30/1908 I would still love you Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8571 10-in. 1/21/1910 Has anybody here seen Kelly? Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-8700 10-in. 3/7/1910 Has anybody here seen Kelly? Nora Bayes Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9038 10-in. 6/1/1910 Has anybody here seen Kelly? Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14211 10-in. 12/17/1913 I've a garden in Sweden Nora Bayes ; Hal Clark Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor C-15183 12-in. 9/11/1914 Gems from The girl from Utah Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-30558 10-in. 8/11/1924 I've a garden in Sweden Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-39173 10-in. 9/13/1927 I've a garden in Sweden Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with saxophone and piano songwriter  
Victor BVE-45088 10-in. 6/4/1928 Has anybody here seen Kelly? Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1915-03-12-01] Not documented 3/12/1915 I've a garden in Sweden Irving Fisher Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Columbia 426 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Mrs. Carter Edward M. Favor Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia 426 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Mrs. Carter Edward M. Favor Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia 4355 10-in. ca. Jan.-Apr. 1910 Has anybody here seen Kelly? Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4469 10-in. ca. Jan.-Apr. 1910 Has anybody here seen Kelly? Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 19921 10-in. 6/5/1912 The singer was Irish Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia W147376 10-in. 11/1/1928 Has anybody here seen Kelly Dan Hornsby Novelty Quartet Male vocal and instrumental quartet lyricist  
OKeh 8567 10-in. 3/17/1924 Christine Original Crescent City Jazzers Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-72930 10-in. Oct. 1924 The singer was Irish Gerald Griffin Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
Edison 3784 10-in. May 1915 Hold your hand out, naughty boy Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 9853 10-in. 11/18/1924 I've a garden in Sweden Golden Gate Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Murphy, C. W.," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101469.

Murphy, C. W.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101469.

"Murphy, C. W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

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