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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 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  
(Results 326-350 of 355 records)

Citation

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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