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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 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 26-50 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2874 10-in. 11/9/1905 Good bye Flo Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-2999 10-in. 1/12/1906 So long, Mary Haydn Quartet ; Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-3051 10-in. 1/26/1906 So long, Mary Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer, lyricist  
Victor B-3086 10-in. 2/6/1906 The grand old rag Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor E-3086 8-in. 2/9/1906 The grand old rag Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor A-3086 7-in. 2/6/1906 The grand old rag Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-3159 10-in. 3/5/1906 The Irish American Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-3401 12-in. 5/22/1906 You're a grand old flag : Medley Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor E-3401 8-in. 5/22/1906 You're a grand old flag Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-3912 10-in. 10/22/1906 Popularity Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-4055 10-in. 11/21/1906 You can have Broadway Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-4609 10-in. 6/20/1907 Harrigan Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-4683 10-in. 7/15/1907 Always leave them laughing when you say goodbye Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-4719 10-in. 7/29/1907 If I'm goin' to die, I'm goin' to have some fun Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-4771 10-in. 8/7/1907 Popularity Chris Chapman Bells solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor E-4771 8-in. 8/7/1907 Popularity Chris Chapman Bells solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4967 10-in. 12/12/1907 Under any old flag at all Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor E-4967 8-in. 12/12/1907 Under any old flag at all Billy Murray Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6031 10-in. 3/14/1908 I want you Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6172 10-in. 5/6/1908 Cohan's 'Rag babe' Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6266 10-in. 6/12/1908 The A, B, C's of the USA Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6270 10-in. 6/15/1908 Yankee Doodle's come to town Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6386 10-in. 9/2/1908 Oh, you coon! Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor E-6386 8-in. 9/2/1908 Oh, you coon! Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6449 10-in. 9/23/1908 The Yankee prince : Selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
(Results 26-50 of 212 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cohan, George M.," accessed June 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

Cohan, George M.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

"Cohan, George M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 June 2024.

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