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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 76-100 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-16217 12-in. 7/21/1915 Songs of the past, no. 5 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-18921 10-in. 12/21/1916 I was born in Virginia Leighton Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor B-20009 10-in. 6/4/1917 You're a grand old flag American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-20306 10-in. 6/28/1917 Over there American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-20335 10-in. 7/13/1917 Over there Nora Bayes Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-20488 10-in. 8/2/1917 Over there Harold Veo's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-20608 10-in. 8/9/1917 Over there Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-22086 10-in. 8/12/1918 Camp songs medley, part 1 National Camps Song Leaders Vocal chorus, with cornet and piano composer  
Victor B-22125 10-in. 7/10/1918 Over there Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-22141 10-in. 7/12/1918 When you come back (And you will come back, there's the whole world waiting for you) Raymond Dixon ; Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-22209 10-in. 8/13/1918 Over there Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-22256 10-in. 9/24/1918 When you come back (And you will come back, there's the whole world waiting for you) John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-22396 10-in. 3/4/1919 The royal vagabond Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-22417 10-in. 11/13/1918 Over there František A. Pangrác Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-26730 10-in. 8/21/1922 You remind me of my mother Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-26891 10-in. 9/25/1922 You remind me of my mother Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra composer  
Victor B-26897 10-in. 9/28/1922 Nellie Kelly, I love you American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-27177 10-in. 11/23/1922 Until my luck comes rolling along Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-28046 10-in. 6/1/1923 When June comes along with a song Great White Way Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling composer  
Victor B-28047 10-in. 6/1/1923 Born and bred in Brooklyn The Troubadours Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-39180 10-in. 9/15/1927 Molly Malone Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-39251 10-in. 6/14/1927 When Lindy comes home The Happiness Boys Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-39398 10-in. 11/14/1927 Over there Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-40504 10-in. 10/24/1927 Molly Malone Henry Burr Male vocal solo and quartet, with saxophone, piano, and organ composer  
Victor BVE-47528 10-in. 9/18/1928 Where were you—where was I? George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
(Results 76-100 of 212 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cohan, George M.," accessed June 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

Cohan, George M.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

"Cohan, George M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 June 2024.

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