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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 201-212 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 6652 10-in. 3/6/1919 In a kingdom of our own George Wilton Ballard ; Gladys Rice Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) and mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 8573 10-in. 8/11/1922 Nellie Kelly, I love you Charles Hart Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 9052 10-in. 6/28/1923 When June comes along with a song Broadway Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 9183 10-in. 9/28/1923 Born and bred and Brooklyn Billy Jones Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 11987 10-in. 10/27/1927 Molly Malone Al Friedman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Edison 18057 10-in. 11/25/1927 Molly Malone Jack Stillman Orchestra ; The Rollickers [Edison] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Edison 18793 10-in. 10/9/1928 Billie Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 18794 10-in. 10/9/1928 Where were you? Where was I? Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Edison N-491 10-in. 10/9/1928 Billie Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison N-492 10-in. 10/9/1928 Where were you? Where was I? Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 6168] 9-in. 1904-5 Yankee Doodle boy (With variations) John J. Kimmel Accordion solo, with piano composer  
Leeds & Catlin 9756 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 The Yankee prince : March Band (probably Leeds & Catlin house band) Band composer  
(Results 201-212 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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