John Stafford Smith

John Stafford Smith (bapt. 30 March 1750 – 21 September 1836) was a British composer, church organist, and early musicologist. He was one of the first serious collectors of manuscripts of works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Smith is best known for writing the music for "The Anacreontic Song", which became the tune for the American patriotic song "The Star-Spangled Banner" following the War of 1812, and in 1931 was adopted as the national anthem of the United States.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 30, 1750 (Gloucester), Died September 21, 1836 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-023914 10-in. 6/27/1938 The star spangled banner Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-035320 10-in. 3/21/1939 The star spangled banner Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra arranger  
Victor BS-068668 10-in. 12/17/1941 The star spangled banner Lucy Monroe ; Charles O'Connell Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E29048 10-in. 1/12/1929 The star spangled banner Brunswick Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Brunswick C248 10-in. 4/29/1926 Star spangled banner Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus composer  
Brunswick C238-C239 10-in. 4/28/1926 Star spangled banner Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Mixed vocal chorus composer  
Edison 4818 10-in. 6/23/1916 Our national song—The star spangled banner Harry E. Humphrey ; St. Ignatius Loyola Boys' Choir Recitation and boys' vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5615 10-in. 6/12/1917 The star spangled banner New York Military Band Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, John Stafford," accessed July 19, 2024,

Smith, John Stafford. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from

"Smith, John Stafford." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 July 2024.

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