Owen Hall (10 April 1853 – 9 April 1907) was the principal pen name of the Irish-born theatre writer, racing correspondent, theatre critic and solicitor, James "Jimmy" Davis, when writing for the stage. After his successive careers in law and journalism, Hall wrote the librettos for a series of extraordinarily successful musical comedies in the 1890s and the first decade of the 1900s, including A Gaiety Girl, An Artist's Model, The Geisha, A Greek Slave and Florodora. Despite his achievements, Hall was constantly in financial distress because of his gambling and extravagant lifestyle; his pseudonym was a pun on "owing all".
Birth and Death Data: Born April 10th, 1853 (Dublin), Died April 9th, 1907 (Harrogate)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, librettist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-063817||10-in.||4/24/1941||Tell me pretty maiden||The King Sisters ; Barry Wood||Male vocal solo and female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||102||7-in.||ca. 1901-Sept. 1902||Tell me, pretty maiden||Mina Hickman ; William F. Hooley||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||102||10-in.||ca. 1901-Sept. 1902||Tell me, pretty maiden||Mina Hickman ; William F. Hooley||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||319||7-in.||ca. 1901-Sept. 1902||I want to be a military man||Will F. Denny||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||319||10-in.||ca. 1901-Sept. 1902||I want to be a military man||Will F. Denny||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||402||7-in.||ca. 1901-Sept. 1902||In the shade of the palm||Artists vary||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||402||10-in.||ca. 1901||In the shade of the palm||Artists vary||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||647||7-in.||ca. 1902||Tell me, pretty maiden||Mixed vocal sextette||Mixed vocal sextet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||647||10-in.||ca. 1902||Tell me, pretty maiden||Mixed vocal sextette||Mixed vocal sextet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||79144||10-in.||4/28/1920||A geisha's life||Lucy Gates||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||librettist|
|Columbia||30819||12-in.||8/30/1911||Florodora : Selections||Columbia Light Opera Company||Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hall, Owen," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104035.
Hall, Owen. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104035.
"Hall, Owen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.
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