Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who were enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began to write stories and verse as a child and published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper. He was also president of his high school's literary society.
Much of Dunbar's more popular work in his lifetime was written in the "Negro dialect" associated with the antebellum South, though he also used the Midwestern regional dialect of James Whitcomb Riley. Dunbar's work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading editor associated with the Harper's Weekly, and Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish an international reputation. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway in New York. The musical later toured in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Dunbar also wrote in conventional English in other poetry and novels. Since the late 20th century, scholars have become more interested in these other works. Suffering from tuberculosis, which then had no cure, Dunbar died in Dayton, Ohio at the age of 33.
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Birth and Death Data: Born June 27, 1872 (Dayton), Died February 9, 1906 (Dayton)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||4296||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?||Imperial Quartet||Male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Berliner||0311||7-in.||7/7/1899||Who dat said chicken||Len Spencer||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1710||10-in.||10/25/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman ; Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with banjo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1710||7-in.||10/25/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman ; Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with banjo||lyricist|
|Victor||C-8456||12-in.||12/9/1909||When Malindy sings||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-8457||10-in.||12/9/1909||Banjo song||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-9928||10-in.||2/7/1911||The old tunes||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-9929||10-in.||2/7/1911||In the morning||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-10844||10-in.||7/31/1911||Down de Lovers' Lane||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12046||10-in.||5/24/1912||The birth of morn||Lucy Isabelle Marsh||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12560||10-in.||11/4/1912||The birth of morn||Frances Alda ; Victor Orchestra||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-12860||12-in.||1/30/1913||New Orleans Minstrels, no. 27||Victor Minstrel Company||Minstrels, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-13771||12-in.||9/12/1913||When Malindy sings||Homer A. Rodeheaver||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-14219||10-in.||12/18/1913||Po' lil' lamb||Gertrude Penfield Seiberling||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||C-14468||12-in.||2/17/1914||Spring song||Cora Mel Patten||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-14665||10-in.||4/6/1914||Who knows?||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14724||10-in.||4/17/1914||Candle-lightin' time||Christine Miller||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||C-14990||12-in.||6/23/1914||A voice for Santa Claus||Cora Mel Patten||Recitation||author|
|Victor||C-15229||12-in.||9/30/1914||Miracle||Paul R. Reese||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-32798||10-in.||7/27/1925||Li'l gal||Paul Robeson||Bass vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-33123||12-in.||8/3/1925||Thank God for a garden||Charles Hunsberger||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||CS-83673||12-in.||8/2/1934||The birth of morn||Bessie Whiteside||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1913-04-12-02]||Not documented||4/12/1913||Who knows||Mrs. Addison||Recitation||author|
|Victor||[Trial 1913-12-17-01]||Not documented||12/17/1913||Po' lil' lamb||Gertrude Penfield Seiberling||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||947||10-in.||ca. 1902||My little Gypsy maid||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dunbar, Paul Laurence," accessed March 24, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 24, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.
"Dunbar, Paul Laurence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 24 March 2023.
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LCNAR: Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79004027
Wikidata: Paul Laurence Dunbar - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q974678
MusicBrainz: Paul Laurence Dunbar - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/e534c264-2564-4e6e-9d95-66d81b32410b
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