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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 176-200 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-70822 10-in. Aug. 1922 Nellie Kelly, I love you Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with accordion and whistling composer  
OKeh S-70996 10-in. Nov. 1922 You remind me of my mother Charles Hart ; Justin Ring Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-71593 10-in. June 1923 Born and bred in Brooklyn (Over the bridge) Samuel Ash Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-71617 10-in. June 1923 When June comes along with a song Marcia Freer ; Chester Strong Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-71644 10-in. June 1923 When June comes along with a song Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71730 10-in. August 1923 Born and bred in Brooklyn Blue Diamond Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling composer  
OKeh [OK cat 1100-A] 10-in. approximately Sept. 1918 When you come back Van Eps Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Brunswick 1176 10-in. approximately July 1917 Over there Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick [Br cat 15252-b] 10-in. approximately Aug. 1918 When you come back Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 8929-8931 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 You remind me of my mother Arnold Johnson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 9274-9276 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Nellie Kelly, I love you William Reese ; White Way Quartet Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 10927-10929 10-in. 6/25/1923 When June comes along with a song Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E28481 10-in. 10/19/1928 Billie William Wirges Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E28482 10-in. 10/19/1928 Where were you—where was I (Exactly where we are) William Wirges Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E29034 10-in. 1/9/1929 Over there Brunswick Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Brunswick E24777-E24780 10-in. 10/18/1927 Molly Malone Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take E24780) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E24781-E24784 10-in. 10/18/1927 Roses understand Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take E24784) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E25096-E25098 10-in. 11/7/1927 Molly Malone Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E25099-E25101 10-in. 11/7/1927 Roses understand Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Brunswick XC5205 12-in. January 1930 Five Minute Men, opening 2 (Yankee Doodle boy) Shaler Five Minute Men Radio transcription disc : Jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Edison 3016 10-in. May 1914 I want you Walter Van Brunt Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 5584 10-in. 5/24/1917 You're a grand old flag Billy Murray Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 5659 10-in. 7/3/1917 Over there Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 6325 10-in. between 8/12/1918 and 8/19/1918 When you come back and you will come back, there's the whole world waiting for you Premier Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 6490 10-in. between 12/2/1918 and 12/11/1918 I'm true to them all Arthur Fields Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 176-200 of 212 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cohan, George M.," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

Cohan, George M.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

"Cohan, George M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

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

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