George Ade (February 9, 1866 – May 16, 1944) was an American writer, syndicated newspaper columnist, and playwright who gained national notoriety at the turn of the twentieth century with his "Stories of the Streets and of the Town," a column that used street language and slang to describe daily life in Chicago, and a column of his fables in slang, which were humorous stories that featured vernacular speech and the liberal use of capitalization in his characters' dialog. Ade's fables in slang gained him wealth and fame as an American humorist, as well as earning him the nickname of the "Aesop of Indiana." Ade's notable early books include Artie (1896); Pink Marsh (1897); Fables in Slang (1900), the first in a series of books; and In Babel (1903), a collection of his short stories. Ade's first play produced for the Broadway stage was The Sultan of Sulu, written in 1901. The Sho-Gun and his best-known plays, The County Chairman and The College Widow, were simultaneously appearing on Broadway in 1904. Ade also wrote scripts and had some of his fables and plays adapted into motion pictures.
During the first quarter of the 20th century, Ade, along with Booth Tarkington, Meredith Nicholson,and James Whitcomb Riley helped to create a Golden Age of literature in Indiana.
The Purdue University graduate from rural Newton County, Indiana, began his career in journalism as a newspaper reporter in Lafayette, Indiana, before moving to Chicago, Illinois, to work for the Chicago Daily News. In addition to writing, Ade enjoyed traveling, golf, and entertaining at Hazelden, his estate home near Brook, Indiana. Ade was also a member of Purdue University's board of trustees from 1909 to 1916, a longtime member of the Purdue Alumni Association, a supporter of Sigma Chi (his college fraternity), and a former president of the Mark Twain Association of America. In addition, he donated funds for construction of Purdue's Memorial Gymnasium, its Memorial Union Building, and with David Edward Ross, contributed land and funding for construction of Purdue's Ross–Ade Stadium, named in their honor in 1924.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 7th, 1866 (Kentland), Died Kentland
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1919
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1922||7-in.||2/3/1903||Since I first met you||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1922||10-in.||2/3/1903||Since I first met you||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]2123||7-in.||3/30/1903||My Sulu Lulu Loo||William H. Thompson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]2123||10-in.||3/30/1903||My Sulu Lulu Loo||W. H. Thompson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]2194||7-in.||5/18/1903||R-E-M-O-R-S-E||Joseph Natus||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]2194||10-in.||5/18/1903||R-E-M-O-R-S-E||Joseph Natus||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||A-8||7-in.||5/4/1903||R-E-M-O-R-S-E||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-8||10-in.||5/4/1903||R-E-M-O-R-S-E||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||A-462||7-in.||9/29/1903||I like you, Lil, for fair||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-462||10-in.||9/29/1903||I like you, Lil, for fair||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||A-480||7-in.||10/2/1903||My Emmaleen||Mina Hickman||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-480||10-in.||10/2/1903||My Emmaleen||Mina Hickman||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-756||10-in.||11/30/1903||If I but knew||William H. Thompson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-889||10-in.||1/7/1904||I like you, Lil, for fair||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-1049||10-in.||2/27/1904||Henny||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||A-1345||7-in.||5/24/1904||She's just a little different from the others that I know||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-1345||10-in.||5/24/1904||She's just a little different from the others that I know||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-1885||10-in.||11/2/1904||Little Moozoo May||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-7012||10-in.||4/26/1909||The day of the game||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-10958||12-in.||9/14/1911||Gems from The sultan of Sulu||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||1250||7-in.||ca. 1903||Since I first met you||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1250||10-in.||ca. 1903||Since I first met you||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1253||7-in.||ca. 1903-Oct. 1905||R-E-M-O-R-S-E||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1253||10-in.||ca. 1903||R-E-M-O-R-S-E||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1530||7-in.||ca. 1903-Oct. 1905||When he's not near||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ade, George," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102468.
Ade, George. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102468.
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