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 326-350 of 355 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Edison||11795||10-in.||7/13/1927||Intermezzo russe||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Edison||18747||10-in.||9/21/1928||I wanna be loved by you||Green Brothers' Novelty Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Edison||18748||10-in.||9/21/1928||I can't give you anything but love||Green Brothers' Novelty Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Edison||N-450||12-in.||9/21/1928||I wanna be loved by you||Green Brothers' Novelty Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Edison||N-451||12-in.||9/21/1928||I can't give you anything but love||Green Brothers' Novelty Band||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Vocalion||E1744-E1746||10-in.||11/17/1925||Meet me tonight in Dreamland||Miami Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E1803-E1804||10-in.||11/23/1925||I'd love to live in Loveland with a girl like you||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E2068-E2070||10-in.||1/7/1926||Someone to love||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3355-E3357||10-in.||7/1/1926||Ting-a-ling||Meximarimba Band [Castlewood Marimba Band]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3358-E3360||10-in.||7/1/1926||Am I wasting my time on you?||Meximarimba Band||Marimba band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3423-E3425||10-in.||7/15/1926||Kentucky lullaby||Meximarimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3426-E3428||10-in.||7/15/1926||Cheritza||Meximarimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3652-E3653||10-in.||8/31/1926||Trail of dreams||Miami Marimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3654-E3655||10-in.||8/31/1926||My Hawaiian serenade||Miami Marimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal duet||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3746-E3747||10-in.||9/9/1926||Blame it on the waltz||Miami Marimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3748-E3749||10-in.||9/9/1926||In a little Spanish town ('Twas on a night like this)||Miami Marimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3860-E3861||10-in.||9/28/1926||Blame it on the waltz||Miami Marimba Band||Marimba band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||E3862-E3863||10-in.||9/28/1926||In a little Spanish town ('Twas on a night like this)||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Vocalion||326W-328W||10-in.||2/4/1925||When you and I were seventeen||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, percussion|
|Vocalion||329W-331W||10-in.||2/4/1925||While Hawaiian stars are gleaming||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, percussion|
|Vocalion||832W-834W||10-in.||5/21/1925||June brought the roses||Miami Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, marimba|
|Vocalion||835W-837W||10-in.||5/21/1925||The melody that made you mine||Miami Marimba Band||Marimba band||instrumentalist, marimba|
|Vocalion||906W-908W||10-in.||6/20/1925||Prisoner's song||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, marimba|
|Vocalion||909W-911W||10-in.||6/20/1925||Sometime||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Marimba band||instrumentalist, marimba|
|Vocalion||967W-969W||10-in.||6/27/1925||Dreamy Carolina moon||Irving Kaufman ; Miami Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, marimba|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Green, George Hamilton," accessed May 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
Green, George Hamilton. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
"Green, George Hamilton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 May 2021.
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