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
|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|
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.
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