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
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|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|
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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