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Owen Hall

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hall, Owen," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104035.

Hall, Owen. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104035.

"Hall, Owen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104035

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