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 3, 1878 (Providence), Died November 5, 1942 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, vocalist, author
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 204 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||507||7-in.||10/14/1896||Hot Tamale Alley||George J. Gaskin||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||966||7-in.||5/18/1896||My Polly’s a peach||George J. Gaskin||Male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Berliner||1733||7-in.||6/26/1897||The man in the moon is a coon||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||1778||7-in.||Before Sept. 1897||The warmest baby in the bunch||Artists vary||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||1930||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||The patriotic coon||John Terrell||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||1965||7-in.||3/9/1899||Telegraph my baby||Artists vary||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||0713||7-in.||11/9/1899||I guess I'll have to telegraph my baby||Edward M. Favor||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||0883||7-in.||1/13/1900||I guess I'll have to telegraph my baby||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||0885||7-in.||1/13/1900||My babe from Boston town||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||01030||7-in.||2/27/1900||Dear little girly, girly||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||01295||7-in.||May 1900||Hannah’s a hummer||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]11||7-in.||6/29/1900||San Francisco Sadie||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-127||10-in.||6/24/1903||Then I'd be satisfied with life||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-162||10-in.||6/29/1903||Then I'd be satisfied with life||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-469||10-in.||10/1/1903||Then I'd be satisfied with life||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-1991||10-in.||12/2/1904||The Yankee Doodle boy||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||A-1991||7-in.||11/9/1905||The Yankee Doodle boy||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||D-1991||14-in.||11/9/1905||The Yankee Doodle boy||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||E-1991||8-in.||1/19/1906||The Yankee Doodle boy||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-2595||10-in.||6/2/1905||Little Johnny Jones medley||Vess L. Ossman||Banjo solo||composer|
|Victor||C-2620||12-in.||6/9/1905||Little Johnny Jones||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-2620||10-in.||6/9/1905||Little Johnny Jones||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-2654||10-in.||6/21/1905||Give my regards to Broadway||Frank Kernell [i.e., Samuel H. Dudley]||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||A-2654||7-in.||12/12/1905||Give my regards to Broadway||Frank Kernell [i.e., Samuel H. Dudley]||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-2863||10-in.||11/2/1905||Forty-five minutes from Broadway selection||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cohan, George M.," accessed February 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.
Cohan, George M.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.
"Cohan, George M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 February 2023.
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