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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 51-75 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-6566 10-in. 10/28/1908 Sullivan Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6568 10-in. 10/28/1908 American ragtime Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6584 10-in. 11/6/1908 Cohan's pet names Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6585 10-in. 11/6/1908 When we are M-A-R-R-I-E-D Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6587 10-in. 11/6/1908 When a fellow's on the level with a girl that's on the Square Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6600 10-in. 11/13/1908 Sullivan Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6785 10-in. 2/9/1909 The Yankee prince : March Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-8017 10-in. 6/3/1909 So long, Mary Haydn Quartet ; Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8136 10-in. 8/9/1909 He was a wonderful man Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-9551 10-in. 10/14/1910 The belle of the barber's ball Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-10264 10-in. 5/4/1911 Life's a funny proposition after all George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-10265 10-in. 5/4/1911 I'm awfully strong for you George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, composer  
Victor B-10266 10-in. 5/4/1911 I want to hear a Yankee Doodle tune George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, composer  
Victor B-10267 10-in. 5/4/1911 Hey there! May there! George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist, lyricist  
Victor B-10268 10-in. 5/4/1911 You won't do any business if you haven't got a band George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer, vocalist  
Victor B-10269 10-in. 5/4/1911 That's some love George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer, vocalist  
Victor B-10270 10-in. 5/4/1911 I'll go the route for you George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer, vocalist  
Victor B-10271 10-in. 5/4/1911 I'm mighty glad I'm living, that's all George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist  
Victor B-10272 10-in. 5/4/1911 The small town gal George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer, vocalist  
Victor C-10273 12-in. 5/4/1911 P.S. Mr. Johnson sends regards George M. Cohan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer, vocalist  
Victor B-11138 10-in. 10/25/1911 Oh, you wonderful girl Helen Clark ; Walter Van Brunt Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-11385 10-in. 12/15/1911 Any place the old flag flies Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-11409 10-in. 12/22/1911 That haunting melody Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-11954 10-in. 5/1/1912 Popularity Fred Van Eps Banjo solo composer  
Victor C-12745 12-in. 12/23/1912 Military minstrels, no. 26 Victor Minstrel Company Minstrels, with orchestra composer  
(Results 51-75 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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