N. Howard Thorp

Nathan Howard "Jack" Thorp (June 10, 1867 – June 4, 1940) was an American collector and writer of cowboy songs and cowboy poetry. Starting in 1889, he collected cowboy material while living in New Mexico. His small book Songs of the Cowboys was published there in 1908. It was the first such book ever published, containing the words to only 23 songs, including the now-classic "The Streets of Laredo" and "Little Joe the Wrangler". A greatly expanded second edition was published in 1921. Today, Thorp is credited with being the first person to take a serious interest in collecting and preserving the homespun ballads of the American West.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 10th, 1867, Died June 4th, 1940

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-42193 10-in. 4/21/1928 Little Joe, the wrangler Jules Verne Allen Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) composer  
Brunswick C1768-C1769 10-in. 3/23/1928 Little Joe, the wrangler Marc Williams Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  


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Thorp, N. Howard. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104473.

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