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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

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Recordings (Results 26-34 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-34 of 34 records)


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