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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  
(Results 226-250 of 355 records)

Citation

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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