Dorothy Parker (née Rothschild; August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, writer, critic, and satirist based in New York; she was known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.
From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary works published in magazines, such as The New Yorker, and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed when her involvement in left-wing politics resulted in her being placed on the Hollywood blacklist.
Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker." Nevertheless, both her literary output and reputation for sharp wit have endured. Some of her works have been set to music; adaptations included the operatic song cycle Hate Songs by composer Marcus Paus.
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-55651||10-in.||8/23/1929||How am I to know?||Arden-Ohman Orchestra ; Scrappy Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with piano duet and male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56138||10-in.||9/19/1929||How am I to know?||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-89745||10-in.||5/4/1935||I wished on the moon||Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-92734||10-in.||7/18/1935||I wished on the moon||Frank Dailey ; Howard Du Lani ; Meadowbrook Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-92750||10-in.||7/20/1935||I wished on the moon||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-037135||10-in.||5/22/1939||How am I to know||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||W148870||10-in.||8/13/1929||How am I to know?||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W148920||10-in.||8/23/1929||How am I to know?||Maurice J. Gunsky||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]149089||10-in.||10/3/1929||How am I to know?||Jack Miller ; The New Englanders||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|OKeh||W402889||10-in.||8/30/1929||How am I to know?||Smith Ballew Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W402964||10-in.||9/18/1929||How am I to know?||Smith Ballew ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E30707||10-in.||Aug. 1929||How am I to know?||Chester Gaylord||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E30675-E30676||10-in.||Aug. 1929||How am I to know?||Bob Haring Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C4369||10-in.||9/16/1929||How am I to know?||Van Fleming||Male vocal solo, with trumpet and guitar||lyricist|
|Brunswick||Special "B"||10-in.||10/3/1929||How am I to know||Pearl Stewert||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Parker, Dorothy," accessed November 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102093.
Parker, Dorothy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102093.
"Parker, Dorothy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 November 2023.
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