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Vincent Youmans

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 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  
(Results 1-25 of 198 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Youmans, Vincent," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102876.

Youmans, Vincent. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102876.

"Youmans, Vincent." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.

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