George Hamilton Green
George Hamilton Green, Jr. (May 23, 1893 – 1970) was a xylophonist, composer, and cartoonist born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born into a musical family, both his grandfather and his father being composers, arrangers, and conductors for bands in Omaha. From age four G.H. Green showed a prodigious talent as a pianist; he then took up the xylophone and by the age of eleven was being promoted as the “world’s greatest xylophonist” and was playing for crowds of 7,000-10,000. In 1915, when Green was 22 years old, a review in the United States Musician stated: "He has begun where every other xylophone player left off. His touch, his attack, his technique, and his powers of interpretation in the rendition of his solos being far different than other performers. To say his work is marvelous and wonderful would not fully express it." George Hamilton Green wrote several pieces for solo ragtime xylophone with accompaniment, as well as a xylophone method book which continues to be used by percussion pedagogues across the country. Some of his compositions for xylophone include: "Ragtime Robin", "Cross Corners", "Charleston Capers", "Rainbow Ripples", "Log Cabin Blues", "The Whistler", and "Jovial Jasper"
He was a popular recording artist starting in 1917 with the Edison Company and was employed, along with his two brothers, Joe and Lew Green, as the original sound music crew for Walt Disney’s first three cartoons.
According to Nathaniel Shilkret, Green was not only a "wonderful xylophone artist," but an inventor. Shilkret said that Green designed the vibraphone at Shilkret's request.
Green was an important ragtime composer and authored many pieces that remain standards for the instrument even today. He retired from performing in the late 1940s to pursue a successful career in cartooning. Green would die in 1970, just a few years before a revival in the popularity of his ragtime xylophone music, and before his induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1983 The rebirth of his music was led by members of the NEXUS Percussion Ensemble in the late 1970s. Through their efforts, G.H. Green’s xylophone music has been preserved and remains a relevant part of contemporary percussion pedagogy and performance.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 23rd, 1893, Died 1970
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1934
Roles Represented in DAHR: xylophone, composer, vibraphone, marimba, arranger, celeste, leader, percussion, bells, lyricist, songwriter
Recordings (Results 226-250 of 355 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||8109-8110||10-in.||approximately May 1922||A bunch of roses||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||8275-8276||10-in.||approximately June 1922||General Boulanger march||George Hamilton Green||Bells solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, bells|
|Brunswick||13884-13886||10-in.||10/7/1924||Waiting for the dawn and you||Allen McQuhae||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||13889-13890||10-in.||10/7/1924||Where the rainbow ends||Allen McQuhae||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||14749-14751||10-in.||1/29/1925||Let me call you sweetheart||Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
|Brunswick||14799-14801||10-in.||2/4/1925||Triplets||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||instrumentalist, xylophone, composer|
|Brunswick||14802-14805||10-in.||2/4/1925||Log cabin blues||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||instrumentalist, xylophone, composer|
|Brunswick||14853-14855||10-in.||2/7/1925||Hawaiian ripples||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||14917-14920||10-in.||2/14/1925||The whistler||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||instrumentalist, xylophone, composer|
|Brunswick||14921-14924||10-in.||2/14/1925||Triplets||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||LAE511||10-in.||5/22/1929||I’m that way about baby||Earl Burtnett Biltmore Trio||Male vocal trio, with clarinet and string ensemble||composer|
|Brunswick||E16372-E16374||10-in.||9/11/1925||Garland of old-fashioned roses||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E16899-E16901||10-in.||11/14/1925||Carolina sweetheart||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E16940-E16942||10-in.||11/23/1925||Honeymoon waltz||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E17373-E17375||10-in.||1/7/1926||Who’s with you tonight||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E17376-E17377||10-in.||1/7/1926||Isle of enchantment||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E17575-E17578||10-in.||1/20/1926||I’m tired of being alone||Tadeo Vicente Brazilian Marimba Band||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E17579-E17581||10-in.||1/20/1926||In your arms (Waltz)||Tadeo Vicente Brazilian Marimba Band||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone, songwriter|
|Brunswick||E18338-E18340||10-in.||3/10/1926||The St. Louis blues||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E18341-E18343||10-in.||3/10/1926||Yellow dog blues||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||XE19834-XE19836||12-in.||7/20/1926||The merrymakers in Spain||The Merrymakers||Male vocal quartet, with mixed vocal ensemble and orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||XE19850-XE19852||12-in.||7/21/1926||The merrymakers in Hawaii||The Merrymakers||Male vocal quartet, with mixed vocal ensemble and orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E20071-E20072||10-in.||9/9/1926||Thinking||Tadeo Vicente Brazilian Marimba Band||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E20073-E20074||10-in.||9/9/1926||I wish you were jealous of me||Tadeo Vicente Brazilian Marimba Band||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E20186-E20187||10-in.||9/17/1926||Thinking||Tadeo Vicente Brazilian Marimba Band||Marimba band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Green, George Hamilton," accessed April 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
Green, George Hamilton. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
"Green, George Hamilton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 April 2021.
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