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Rube Goldberg

Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970), known best as Rube Goldberg, was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor.

Goldberg is best known for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. The cartoons led to the expression "Rube Goldberg machines" to describe similar gadgets and processes. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees' Silver Lady Award in 1959. He was a founding member and first president of the National Cartoonists Society and the namesake of the Reuben Award, which the organization awards to its Cartoonist of the Year. He is the inspiration for international competitions known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests which challenge participants to create a complicated machine to perform a simple task.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 4th, 1883 (San Francisco), Died December 7th, 1970 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12040 10-in. 5/22/1912 I'm the guy Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 49290 12-in. 12/15/1917 Cleopatra had a jazz band Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Edison 18772 10-in. 9/29/1928 My treasures Will Donaldson ; J. Donald Parker Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Edison N-472 10-in. 9/29/1928 My treasures Will Donaldson ; J. Donald Parker Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Goldberg, Rube," accessed October 22, 2021,

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"Goldberg, Rube." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 October 2021.

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