Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II (; July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was an American lyricist, librettist, theatrical producer, and (usually uncredited) director in the musical theater for almost 40 years. He won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Many of his songs are standard repertoire for vocalists and jazz musicians. He co-wrote 850 songs.
He is best known for his collaborations with composer Richard Rodgers, as the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, whose musicals include Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Described by Stephen Sondheim as an "experimental playwright," Hammerstein helped bring the American musical to new maturity by popularizing musicals that focused on stories and character rather than the lighthearted entertainment that the musical had been known for beforehand.
He also collaborated with Jerome Kern (with whom he wrote Show Boat), Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml, Richard A. Whiting, and Sigmund Romberg.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 12, 1895 (New York City), Died August 23, 1960 (Doylestown)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1953
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 390 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-24722||12-in.||12/9/1920||Gems from Jimmie||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25781||10-in.||11/28/1921||Baby dreams||Elsie Baker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30988||10-in.||10/10/1924||Rose-Marie||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-30988||10-in.||9/20/1926||Rose-Marie||Lambert Murphy||Tenor vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31102||10-in.||10/14/1924||Indian love call||Olive Kline||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-31102||10-in.||9/24/1926||Indian love call||Olive Kline||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31526||10-in.||12/17/1924||Rose-Marie||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31820||10-in.||1/29/1925||Indian love call||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-32195||12-in.||4/1/1925||Gems from Rose-Marie||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33758||10-in.||11/6/1925||D'ye love me?||Billy Murray ; Aileen Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33932||10-in.||11/20/1925||D'ye love me?||Billy Murray ; Gladys Rice||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-33979||12-in.||12/9/1925||Gems from Sunny||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34524||10-in.||2/4/1926||Song of the flame||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34525||10-in.||2/4/1926||Cossack love song||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35792||10-in.||7/21/1926||Two little bluebirds||Franklyn Baur ; Gladys Rice||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36903||10-in.||11/4/1926||We'll have a kingdom||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36922||10-in.||11/11/1926||One golden hour||Gladys Rice ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36981||10-in.||11/29/1926||The riff song||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-37317||12-in.||12/16/1926||Gems from The desert song||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38110||10-in.||2/24/1927||The desert song||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38898||10-in.||6/10/1927||Indian love call||Virginia Rea||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-38978||12-in.||6/30/1927||Indian love call||Florence Starr||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-40589||10-in.||11/17/1927||Dawn||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-41112||10-in.||11/26/1927||We two||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-41170||10-in.||12/13/1927||Why do I love you||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hammerstein, Oscar, II," accessed August 11, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101947.
Hammerstein, Oscar, II. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 11, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101947.
"Hammerstein, Oscar, II." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 11 August 2022.
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