Vincent Millie Youmans (September 27, 1898 – April 5, 1946) was an American Broadway composer and producer.
A leading Broadway composer of his day, Youmans collaborated with virtually all the greatest lyricists on Broadway: Ira Gershwin, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Caesar, Anne Caldwell, Leo Robin, Howard Dietz, Clifford Grey, Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu, Edward Heyman, Harold Adamson, Buddy DeSylva and Gus Kahn. Youmans' early songs are remarkable for their economy of melodic material: two-, three- or four-note phrases are constantly repeated and varied by subtle harmonic or rhythmic changes. In later years, however, apparently influenced by Jerome Kern, he turned to longer musical sentences and more free-flowing melodic lines. Youmans published fewer than 100 songs, but 18 of these were considered standards by ASCAP, a remarkably high percentage.
Birth and Death Data: Born September 27th, 1898 (New York City), Died April 5th, 1946 (Denver)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 198 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-25308||10-in.||5/18/1921||Oh me! Oh my!||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-27610||10-in.||2/21/1923||Bambalina||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-27856||10-in.||4/26/1923||Wild-flower||Great White Way Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with whistling||composer|
|Victor||B-28985||10-in.||11/26/1923||Toodle-oo||Hugo Frey ; The Manhattan Merrymakers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29560||10-in.||2/29/1924||Take a little one-step (Da un pasito)||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-30455||10-in.||7/2/1924||I want to be happy||Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-30570||10-in.||8/14/1924||Tea for two||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-30922||10-in.||9/22/1924||Tea for two||Helen Clark ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-30923||10-in.||9/22/1924||I want to be happy||Helen Clark ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-32521||12-in.||4/17/1925||Gems from No no Nanette||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36492||10-in.||12/8/1926||Like he loves me||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37051||10-in.||11/27/1926||Like he loves me||Beatrice Lillie||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-37052||10-in.||11/27/1926||Nicodemus||Beatrice Lillie||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-37053||10-in.||11/27/1926||Like he loves me||Beatrice Lillie||Female vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and piano||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-37113||10-in.||12/8/1926||I know, that you know||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37273||10-in.||12/20/1926||I know that you know||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37539||10-in.||1/12/1927||I know, that you know||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38347||10-in.||4/14/1927||Hallelujah!||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38467||10-in.||4/14/1927||Sometimes I'm happy||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38489||10-in.||4/25/1927||Hallelujah!||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38601||10-in.||4/12/1927||Sometimes I'm happy||Louise Groody ; Charles King||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38858||10-in.||6/3/1927||Hallelujah||Pauline Alpert||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39659||10-in.||7/14/1927||Nothing could be sweeter||Virginians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-50933||10-in.||3/12/1929||The one girl||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-54514||10-in.||11/14/1929||West wind||John Boles||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Youmans, Vincent," accessed January 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102876.
Youmans, Vincent. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102876.
"Youmans, Vincent." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 January 2021.
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