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 251-275 of 355 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E20188-E20189||10-in.||9/17/1926||I wish you were jealous of me||Tadeo Vicente Brazilian Marimba Band||Marimba band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E20943-E20944||10-in.||12/14/1926||My sweetheart||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E20945-E20946||10-in.||12/14/1926||Still waters||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E21407-E21408||10-in.||2/2/1927||Monastery bells (Waltz)||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Brunswick||E21409-E21411||10-in.||2/2/1927||Silver sands of love (Waltz)||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5102||10-in.||10/27/1916||Caprice viennois||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5103||10-in.||10/27/1916||Schön Rosmarin||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5116||10-in.||10/31/1916||Tannhäuser march||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5117||10-in.||2/28/1916||Light cavalry overture||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5123||10-in.||11/1/1916||Souvenir||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5124||10-in.||11/2/1916||Liebesfreud||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5196||10-in.||12/5/1916||Morning, noon and night in Vienna : Overture||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||5197||10-in.||12/5/1916||Hungarian lustspiel overture||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6006||10-in.||2/12/1918||Frivolity||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6019||10-in.||between 2/13/1918 and 2/14/1918||Watermelon whispers||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6353||10-in.||between 9/6/1918 and 9/18/1918||Hindustan||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6354||10-in.||between 9/6/1918 and 9/18/1918||Just blue||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6398||10-in.||10/7/1918||Sand dunes||All Star Trio||Saxophone, piano, and xylophone||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6399||10-in.||10/7/1918||Arabian nights||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6483||10-in.||12/31/1918||Southern dream||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6544||10-in.||1/3/1919||Sensation jazz||All Star Trio||Saxophone, piano, and xylophone||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6545||10-in.||1/3/1919||The St. Louis blues||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6786||10-in.||5/13/1919||Fluffy ruffles||Green Brothers' Novelty Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||6892||10-in.||7/31/1919||Western land||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||6893||10-in.||7/31/1919||Shimmee town||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Green, George Hamilton," accessed May 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
Green, George Hamilton. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
"Green, George Hamilton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 May 2021.
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