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George M. Cohan

George Michael Cohan (July 3, 1878 – November 5, 1942) was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and theatrical producer.

Cohan began his career as a child, performing with his parents and sister in a vaudeville act known as "The Four Cohans". Beginning with Little Johnny Jones in 1904, he wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals. Cohan wrote more than 50 shows and published more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including the standards "Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "The Yankee Doodle Boy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag". As a composer, he was one of the early members of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He displayed remarkable theatrical longevity, appearing in films until the 1930s, and continuing to perform as a headline artist until 1940.

Known in the decade before World War I as "the man who owned Broadway", he is considered the father of American musical comedy. His life and music were depicted in the Oscar-winning film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and the 1968 musical George M!. A statue of Cohan in Times Square New York City commemorates his contributions to American musical theatre.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 3rd, 1878 (Providence), Died New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, vocalist, author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Trial 1915-04-23-02] Not documented 4/23/1915 The miracle man Belle Blanche Recitation author  
Brunswick E29034 10-in. 1/9/1929 Over there Brunswick Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 3016 10-in. May 1914 I want you Walter Van Brunt Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 5584 10-in. 5/24/1917 You're a grand old flag Billy Murray Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 5659 10-in. 7/3/1917 Over there Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 6325 10-in. between 8/12/1918 and 8/19/1918 When you come back and you will come back, there's the whole world waiting for you Premier Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 6490 10-in. between 12/2/1918 and 12/11/1918 I'm true to them all Arthur Fields Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 6652 10-in. 3/6/1919 In a kingdom of our own George Wilton Ballard ; Gladys Rice Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) and mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 8573 10-in. 8/11/1922 Nellie Kelly, I love you Charles Hart Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 9052 10-in. 6/28/1923 When June comes along with a song Broadway Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 9183 10-in. 9/28/1923 Born and bred and Brooklyn Billy Jones Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 11987 10-in. 10/27/1927 Molly Malone Al Friedman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Edison 18057 10-in. 11/25/1927 Molly Malone Jack Stillman Orchestra ; The Rollickers [Edison] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Edison 18793 10-in. 10/9/1928 Billie Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 18794 10-in. 10/9/1928 Where were you? Where was I? Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cohan, George M.," accessed August 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

Cohan, George M.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

"Cohan, George M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632

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