Paul A. Rubens
Paul Alfred Rubens (29 April 1875 – 5 February 1917) was an English songwriter and librettist who wrote some of the most popular Edwardian musical comedies of the early twentieth century. He contributed to the success of dozens of musicals.
Born in Kensington, London, he attended Winchester College before studying law at University College, Oxford. He began writing songs for shows at the age of 10 and had his first major success with "The Little Chinchilla" for the hit musical The Shop Girl when he was 19 years old. This was soon followed by songs for, among others, the hit musical San Toy. In 1899, he wrote songs for the international hit Florodora, which brought him wider fame. Producer George Edwardes hired him as an "additional material" writer for, among others, The Messenger Boy (1900), The Toreador (1901), A Country Girl (1902), The Girl from Kays (1902), The School Girl (1903), The Cingalee (1904) and The Blue Moon (1905), writing some of the most successful songs in these shows. He composed the hit musical Miss Hook of Holland (1907).
Later compositions include The Balkan Princess (1910), The Sunshine Girl (1912), The Girl from Utah (1913), Tonight's the Night (1914), Betty (1915) and The Happy Day (1916). Rubens began a relationship with the actress Phyllis Dare during this period, but they soon parted due to Rubens' severe consumptive illness, from which he suffered for the rest of his life. As a result, he retired to Cornwall and died of tuberculosis, aged 41.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 29th, 1875 (London), Died February 5th, 1917 (Falmouth)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 63 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]2161||7-in.||4/3/1903||Three little maids selections||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]2161||10-in.||4/3/1903||Three little maids selections||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||A-422||7-in.||9/16/1903||The miller's daughter||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||B-422||10-in.||9/16/1903||The miller's daughter||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||A-482||7-in.||10/2/1903||The miller's daughter||Mina Hickman||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-482||10-in.||10/2/1903||The miller's daughter||Mina Hickman||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-4541||10-in.||5/29/1907||In Venice||Alice J. Shaw||Whistling solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4593||10-in.||6/17/1907||I love you, ma cherie||Henri Leoni||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-8665||10-in.||2/28/1910||The sweep's intermezzo||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-10003||10-in.||2/24/1911||Dear delightful women||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||C-10033||12-in.||3/7/1911||Gems from The Balkan princess||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||C-10621||12-in.||6/27/1911||Gems from The country girl||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12981||10-in.||3/11/1913||Sunshine girl tango||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-13775||12-in.||9/12/1913||Gems from The sunshine girl||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||B-15307||10-in.||10/27/1914||Your king and country want you||Elsie Baker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||C-15760||12-in.||3/4/1915||To-night's the night||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-24696||10-in.||11/18/1920||In Venice||Margaret McKee||Whistling solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-53979||10-in.||8/7/1929||I love the moon||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||1113||7-in.||ca. 1903-Oct. 1905||Everybody's awfully good to me||Edward M. Favor||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||1113||10-in.||ca. 1903||Everybody's awfully good to me||Edward M. Favor||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||1143||7-in.||ca. 1903||The coo song||George Alexander||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||1143||10-in.||ca. 1903-1908||The coo song||George Alexander||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||1586||7-in.||ca. 1903-Oct. 1905||Three little maids : Selections||Columbia Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||1586||10-in.||ca. 1903||Three little maids : Selections||Columbia Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||1591||10-in.||ca. 1903||The miller's daughter||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist, composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rubens, Paul A.," accessed September 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104031.
Rubens, Paul A.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104031.
"Rubens, Paul A.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 September 2021.
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