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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 101-125 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-48144 10-in. 11/9/1928 Where were you—where was I? (Exactly where we are) Polly Walker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-48145 10-in. 11/9/1928 Billie Polly Walker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-49077 12-in. 1/18/1929 Minstrel show of 1929 Victor Minstrels Minstrels, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-035388 10-in. 3/31/1939 Mary's a grand old name Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-073890 10-in. 5/12/1942 Give my regards to Broadway Leonard W. Joy ; Brad Reynolds ; Victor First Nighter Orchestra Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-073891 10-in. 5/12/1942 Forty-five minutes from Broadway Leonard W. Joy ; Victor First Nighter Orchestra ; Ann Warren Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-073892 10-in. 5/12/1942 Mary's a grand old name Leonard W. Joy ; Victor First Nighter Orchestra ; Ann Warren Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-073893 10-in. 5/12/1942 You're a grand old flag Leonard W. Joy ; Brad Reynolds ; Victor First Nighter Orchestra Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-073894 10-in. 5/12/1942 The Yankee Doodle boy Leonard W. Joy ; Brad Reynolds ; Victor First Nighter Orchestra ; Ann Warren Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-073895 10-in. 5/12/1942 Over there Leonard W. Joy ; Brad Reynolds ; Victor First Nighter Orchestra ; Ann Warren Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra and crowd noise lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-075075 10-in. 6/5/1942 Mary's a grand old name Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal soloists and vocal octet composer, lyricist  
Victor D7VB-0449 10-in. 1/30/1947 I'm awfully strong for you Delta Rhythm Boys Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D7VB-2555 10-in. 12/1/1947 So long, Mary! George M. Cohan ; Guild Choristers ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-2556 10-in. 12/1/1947 Mary's a grand old name George M. Cohan ; Guild Choristers ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-2557 10-in. 12/1/1947 Forty-five minutes from Broadway George M. Cohan ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-2558 10-in. 12/1/1947 1. Little Nellie Kelly George M. Cohan ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-2578 10-in. 12/3/1947 Yankee doodle boy George M. Cohan ; Guild Choristers ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-2579 10-in. 12/3/1947 Over there George M. Cohan ; Guild Choristers ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-2580 10-in. 12/3/1947 Give my regards to Broadway George M. Cohan ; Guild Choristers ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-2581 10-in. 12/3/1947 You're a grand old flag George M. Cohan ; Thomas Lender Jones Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor [Trial 1915-04-23-02] Not documented 4/23/1915 The miracle man Belle Blanche Recitation author  
Victor [Trial 1916-09-28-02] Not documented 9/28/1916 I say, Flo! Morton Harvey ; Jack King Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1918-08-02-04] Not documented 8/2/1918 Over there John Steel Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3051 10-in. ca. 1904-Feb. 1905 Yankee Doodle boy Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3165 10-in. ca. Jan.-May 1905 Give my regards to Broadway Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 101-125 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632

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