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.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 27th, 1872 (Dayton), Died February 9th, 1906 (Dayton)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author
Recordings (Results 26-44 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||947||10-in.||ca. 1902||My little Gypsy maid||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1028||7-in.||ca. 1902||On Emancipation Day||Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1028||10-in.||ca. 1902||On Emancipation Day||Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||39119||10-in.||11/26/1913||The birth of morn||Maggie Teyte||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||46151||10-in.||10/23/1915||When Malindy sings||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Columbia||46839||10-in.||6/14/1916||Who knows?||Alfred De Manby||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78902||10-in.||12/20/1919||When Malindy sings||J. A. Myers||Monologue||author|
|Columbia||81065||10-in.||6/4/1923||Lazy song||Florence Macbeth||Soprano vocal solo, with banjo and orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||81133||10-in.||7/13/1923||Who knows?||Carmela Ponselle||Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||30379||12-in.||ca. Jan.-Sept. 1910||When Malindy sings||Kitty Cheatham||Recitation||author|
|Columbia||W144707||10-in.||9/23/1927||Who knows?||Elks Quartet of Spokane Lodge 228||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||lyricist|
|Brunswick||847||10-in.||approximately mid-1917||Who knows?||Harry McClaskey||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Brunswick||3893||10-in.||approximately July 1920||Who knows?||Mario Chamlee||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||12153-12156||10-in.||12/20/1923||Li’l gal||Marie Tiffany||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||12270-12271||10-in.||1/11/1924||Li'l gal||Marie Tiffany||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4897||10-in.||7/21/1916||Mighty lak' a rose||Anna Case||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||7874||10-in.||3/30/1921||Who knows||Torcom Bézazian||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||8474||10-in.||5/31/1922||Who knows?||Lewis James||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Gramophone||0EA7694||10-in.||5/9/1939||Down de Lovers' Lane||Lawrence Brown ; Paul Robeson||Bass vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dunbar, Paul Laurence," accessed October 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.
"Dunbar, Paul Laurence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 October 2021.
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