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George Jessel

George Albert "Georgie" Jessel (April 3, 1898 – May 23, 1981) was an American illustrated song "model", actor, singer, songwriter, and film producer. He was famous in his lifetime as a multitalented comedic entertainer, achieving a level of recognition that transcended his limited roles in movies. He was widely known by his nickname, the "Toastmaster General of the United States," for his frequent role as the master of ceremonies at political and entertainment gatherings. Jessel originated the title role in the stage production of The Jazz Singer.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 3, 1898 (The Bronx), Died May 23, 1981 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, baritone vocal, lyricist, speaker, composer

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-23068 10-in. 7/14/1919 And he'd say oo-la-la! Wee-wee Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-23415 10-in. 10/16/1919 And he'd say Oo-la-la! Wee-wee Pietro Accordion solo songwriter  
Victor B-23883 10-in. 3/24/1920 Oh! How I laugh when I think how I cried about you Victor Roberts [i.e., Billy Jones] Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-27229 10-in. 12/14/1922 Baby blue eyes Great White Way Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BVE-48804 10-in. 1/18/1929 My mother's eyes George Jessel Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-48805 10-in. 1/18/1929 When the curtain comes down George Jessel Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-010592 10-in. 6/17/1937 Roses in December Harriet Hilliard ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-011119 10-in. 6/25/1937 Roses in December Ruth Bradley ; Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-019200 10-in. 4/8/1938 You'll be reminded of me Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-021676 10-in. 3/31/1938 You'll be reminded of me Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-040691 10-in. 8/29/1939 Stop kicking my heart around Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-042120 10-in. 9/15/1939 Stop kicking my heart around Kenny Baker ; Nathaniel Finston Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-042611 10-in. 8/28/1939 Stop kicking my heart around Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1311 10-in. 7/24/1947 Julie Tony Martin Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 78536 10-in. 6/25/1919 And he'd say oo-la la! Wee-wee Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 78730 10-in. 10/10/1919 You know what I mean George Jessel Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 78735 10-in. 10/12/1919 Oh! How I laugh when I think that I cried over you Nora Bayes Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 78764 10-in. 10/28/1919 Give me the sultan's harem George Jessel Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 78765 10-in. 10/28/1919 When they're old enough to know better (It's better to leave them alone) George Jessel Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 80728 10-in. 12/7/1922 Baby blue eyes Guido Deiro Piano accordion solo songwriter  
Columbia 49654 12-in. 7/25/1919 And he'd say oo-la la! Wee-wee Billy Murray ; Yerkes Jazarimba Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh S-7032 10-in. ca. Oct. 1919 And he'd say "Oo la-la! Wee-wee" Van Eps Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
OKeh S-7285 10-in. Feb. 1920 Oh how I laugh when I think how I cried about you Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-71178 10-in. Jan. 1923 Baby blue eyes Chester Gaylord ; Justin Ring Saxophone and piano duet songwriter  
Brunswick 9761-9763 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Baby blue eyes Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick E28902 10-in. 12/9/1928 My mother’s eyes George Jessel Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick E28903 10-in. 12/9/1928 Tommy, lad! George Jessel Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick E17843-E17845 10-in. 2/5/1926 Don’t be sorry for me Frank Munn Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano songwriter  
Edison 7244 10-in. 3/25/1920 Oh! How I laugh when I think how I cried about you Rachael Grant ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 8706 10-in. 12/2/1922 Baby blue eyes Ernest L. Stevens Trio Instrumental trio songwriter  
Edison 9614 10-in. 7/14/1924 Why did you do it? Georgia Melodians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Decca DLA 894 10-in. 9/10/1937 Hello Momma, part 1 George Jessel speaker  
Decca DLA 895 10-in. 9/10/1937 Hello Momma, part 2 George Jessel speaker  
Decca L 3180 10-in. 8/10/1943 Telephone conversation George Jessel speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jessel, George," accessed October 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102031.

Jessel, George. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102031.

"Jessel, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 October 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102031

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