Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American composer, known largely for his work in musical theater. With 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs to his credit, Rodgers was one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, and his compositions had a significant impact on popular music.
He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart, with whom he wrote several musicals throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including Pal Joey, A Connecticut Yankee, On Your Toes and Babes in Arms, and Oscar Hammerstein II, with whom he wrote musicals through the 1940s and 1950s such as Oklahoma!, 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 around characters and drama rather than the light-hearted entertainment that the genre was known for beforehand.
Rodgers was the first person to win what is considered the top American entertainment awards in television, recording, movies, and Broadway – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award — 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 awarded The Kennedy Center Honors for his 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 340 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Richard," accessed January 28, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102086.
Rodgers, Richard. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 28, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102086.
"Rodgers, Richard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 28 January 2023.
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