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Sidney Jones

James Sidney Jones (17 June 1861 – 29 January 1946), usually credited as Sidney Jones, was an English conductor and composer, who was most famous for composing the musical scores for a series of musical comedy hits in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. Jones's most famous musical was The Geisha, but several of his pieces were among the most popular shows of the era, enjoying long runs, international tours and revivals.

In 1892, after nine years of conducting touring companies of British operettas for Alfred Cellier and George Edwardes, Edwardes engaged Jones to conduct several operettas and musical comedies in London. Jones had begun composing incidental music and supplemental songs for some of the shows he conducted and even wrote scores of his own in 1889 and 1892. In 1893, one of his songs, "Linger Longer, Loo", composed for the 1892 burlesque Don Juan at the Gaiety Theatre, became popular throughout the English-speaking world.

Jones's first hit show was A Gaiety Girl (1893), one of the first major successes of the Edwardian musical comedy genre. A series of Jones hits followed: An Artist's Model (1894), The Geisha (1896), A Greek Slave (1898) and San Toy (1899). After this, Jones had less frequent and intense successes, but his more popular shows included My Lady Molly (1902), See See (1906), King of Cadonia (1908), The Girl from Utah (1913) and The Happy Day (1916).

Birth and Death Data: Born June 17th, 1861 (Islington), Died January 29th, 1946 (Kew)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Notes: Name also appears as James Sidney Jones.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 74 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 525 7-in. 1/26/1897 Chin chin Chinaman Artists vary Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 0670 7-in. 10/28/1899 The interfering parrot S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 01158 7-in. 4/3/1900 Jack’s the boy S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]477 7-in. 10/29/1900 Pletty little Chinee Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]487 7-in. 11/1/1900 Medley Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]487 10-in. 10/7/1902 Medley Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]709 7-in. 3/5/1901 I mean to introduce it into China S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]710 7-in. 3/5/1901 Six little wives S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]710 10-in. 3/5/1903 Six little wives S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1184 7-in. 1/2/1902 Selections from San Toy Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1184 10-in. 1/2/1902 Selections from San Toy Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3171 10-in. 3/5/1901 I mean to introduce it into China S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3172 10-in. 3/5/1901 Six little wives S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3212 10-in. 3/20/1901 San Toy selection Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3214 10-in. 3/20/1901 San Toy selection Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3233 10-in. 4/3/1901 Selection from San Toy Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-1244 7-in. 4/21/1904 A Greek slave Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1244 10-in. 4/21/1904 The Greek slave waltz Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-4498 12-in. 5/16/1907 Selections from the Chinese opera See See Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-8183 10-in. 8/30/1909 Romanza de Mimosa Emilia Vergeri Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-8651 12-in. 2/21/1910 Gems from San Toy Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12151 12-in. 7/2/1912 Gems from The geisha Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-14320 10-in. 1/14/1914 Fantasia Vessella's Italian Band Band composer  
Victor CVE-58041 12-in. 11/18/1929 The geisha : Selection Creatore's Band ; Antonio de Santis Band, with cornet solo composer  
Victor CVE-58053 12-in. 11/20/1929 The geisha : Selection Creatore's Band Band (take 3); with soprano vocal solo (takes 1 and 2) composer  
(Results 1-25 of 74 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Sidney," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104048.

Jones, Sidney. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104048.

"Jones, Sidney." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.

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