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Richard Rodgers

Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American composer who worked primarily in musical theater. With 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs to his credit, Rodgers was one of the most well-known American composers of the 20th century, and his compositions had a significant influence on popular music.

Rodgers is known for his songwriting partnerships, first with lyricist Lorenz Hart and then with Oscar Hammerstein II. With Hart he wrote musicals throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including Pal Joey, A Connecticut Yankee, On Your Toes and Babes in Arms. With Hammerstein he wrote musicals through the 1940s and 1950s, such as Oklahoma!, Flower Drum Song, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. His collaborations with Hammerstein, in particular, are celebrated for bringing the Broadway musical to a new maturity by telling stories that were focused on characters and drama rather than the earlier light-hearted entertainment of the genre.

Rodgers was the first person to win all four of the top American entertainment awards in theater, film, recording, and television – a Tony, an Oscar, a Grammy, and an Emmy – now known collectively as an EGOT. In addition, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only two people to receive all five awards (Marvin Hamlisch is the other). In 1978, Rodgers was in the inaugural group of Kennedy Center Honorees for lifetime achievement in the arts.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 28, 1902 (Queens), Died December 30, 1979 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 378 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33332 10-in. 8/20/1925 Manhattan Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-33886 10-in. 11/19/1925 Here in my arms Jack Shilkret Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-34011 12-in. 12/9/1925 Gems from Dearest enemy Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35336 10-in. 4/22/1926 The girl friend George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor BVE-35623 10-in. 5/21/1926 What's the use of talking George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band (takes 5-8); with male vocal duet (takes 1-4) composer  
Victor BVE-35633 10-in. 5/27/1926 Mountain greenery Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-35666 10-in. 6/8/1926 The blue room The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-35804 10-in. 7/12/1926 The girl friend Billy Murray ; Gladys Rice Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-35948 10-in. 7/29/1926 The girl friend Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-35949 10-in. 7/29/1926 Mountain greenery Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-36573 10-in. 10/29/1926 The blue room Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus composer  
Victor BVE-37550 10-in. 1/19/1927 Where's that rainbow? Bob Borger ; Fran Frey ; George Olsen and his Music ; Bob Rice Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor BVE-37569 10-in. 1/25/1927 A little birdie told me so Johnny Marvin ; Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-40191 10-in. 10/19/1927 My heart stood still Melville Gideon Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-40500 10-in. 10/21/1927 I feel at home with you George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-40501 10-in. 10/21/1927 My heart stood still George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor BVE-41135 10-in. 12/2/1927 Thou swell Johnny Johnson ; Statler Pennsylvanians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor CVE-41465 12-in. 1/24/1928 My heart stood still Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Victor BVE-42568 10-in. 3/27/1928 Thou swell Louisiana Sugar Babes Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-43669 10-in. 4/24/1928 Do I hear you saying (I love you) Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Victor BVE-43670 10-in. 4/25/1928 You took advantage of me Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus composer  
Victor BVE-45871 10-in. 7/11/1928 Do I hear you saying National Cavaliers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-49766 12-in. 3/7/1929 Rodgers medley Roger Stearns Piano solo composer  
Victor BVE-50949 10-in. 3/18/1929 With a song in my heart Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Ran Weeks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-50950 10-in. 3/18/1929 Yours sincerely Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
(Results 1-25 of 378 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Richard," accessed July 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102086.

Rodgers, Richard. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102086.

"Rodgers, Richard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 July 2024.

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