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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 151-175 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 80502 10-in. 8/7/1922 You remind me of my mother Charles Hart Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80688 10-in. 11/23/1922 Until my luck comes rolling along Paul Specht Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81069 10-in. 6/11/1923 Born and bred in Brooklyn Columbians Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81070 10-in. 6/11/1923 When June comes along with a song Columbians Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 49200 12-in. 5/15/1917 You're a grand old flag Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 49297 12-in. 1/5/1918 War song medley one step Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 49481 12-in. ca. 1918 When you come back and you will come back (there's the whole world waiting for you) Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 49614 12-in. 4/4/1919 The royal vagabond Jockers’ Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 49615 12-in. 4/4/1919 The royal vagabond Jockers’ Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W144274 10-in. 6/15/1927 When Lindy comes home Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 144276 10-in. 6/15/1927 When Lindy comes home Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 144678 10-in. 9/15/1927 Molly Malone Astorites Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144818 10-in. 10/1/1927 Molly Malone The Cavaliers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144819 10-in. 10/1/1927 Like the wandering minstrel The Cavaliers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia 144881 10-in. 10/18/1927 Molly Malone Charles Hart Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 147080 10-in. 9/28/1928 Where were you—where was I (Exactly where we are) Jerome Conrad Orchestra ; Tiny Ruffner Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia 147081 10-in. 9/28/1928 Billie Jerome Conrad Orchestra ; Tiny Ruffner Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147141 10-in. 10/19/1928 Billie Eddie Thomas' Collegians [Selvin's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W152080 10-in. 1/18/1932 Father of the land we love Robert Hood Bowers Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Columbia 76064 12-in. approximately November 1917 Over there Shirley Kellogg Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
OKeh 120 10-in. ca. Apr. 1918 Over there Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh 322 10-in. ca. Aug. 1918 When you come back Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh 584 10-in. ca. Jan. 1919 A wee bit of lace Ruth Lenox Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70785 10-in. Aug. 1922 Nellie Kelly, I love you Samuel Ash Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70787 10-in. Aug. 1922 You remind me of my mother Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 151-175 of 212 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cohan, George M.," accessed June 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

Cohan, George M.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

"Cohan, George M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632

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