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 23, 1893 (Omaha), Died 1970
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1934
Roles Represented in DAHR: xylophone, composer, vibraphone, marimba, arranger, celeste, leader, percussion, bells, lyricist, songwriter
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 126-150 of 355 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||LBS-81314||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||1/25/1934||My faith looks up to Thee||Green Brothers||Vibraphone ("Deagan vibra-harp") and chimes duet||instrumentalist, vibraphone, arranger|
|Victor||LBS-81315||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||1/25/1934||Jesus, Saviour, pilot me||Green Brothers||Vibraphone ("Deagan vibra-harp") and chimes duet||instrumentalist, vibraphone, arranger|
|Victor||LBS-81316||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||1/25/1934||Adeste fidelis||Green Brothers||Vibraphone ("Deagan vibra-harp") and chimes duet||instrumentalist, vibraphone, arranger|
|Victor||LBS-81317||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||1/25/1934||Silent night, holy night||Green Brothers||Vibraphone ("Deagan vibra-harp") and chimes duet||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
|Victor||VAVE-3071||16-in.||2/5/1929||Children of the Ritz||Motion Picture Orchestra||Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Victor||[Trial 1920-03-12-01]||Not documented||3/12/1920||Alabama moon||Hawaiian Trio||Instrumental trio (Hawaiian)||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Victor||[Trial 1922-05-16-01]||10-in.||5/16/1922||Liebesfreud||Victor Arden ; George Hamilton Green||Xylophone and piano duet||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Victor||[Trial 1922-05-16-02]||10-in.||5/16/1922||Schon Rosmarin||Victor Arden ; George Hamilton Green||Xylophone and piano duet||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||77942||10-in.||7/1/1918||A bunch of roses||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78052||10-in.||9/18/1918||Frivolity||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78053||10-in.||9/18/1918||Just blue||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78415||10-in.||5/3/1919||Four little blackberries||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78418||10-in.||5/8/1919||The vamp||George Hamilton Green ; Joe Green||Xylophone duet, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78419||10-in.||5/8/1919||Friends||George Hamilton Green ; Joe Green||Xylophone duet, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78860||10-in.||12/12/1919||Clover land||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78861||10-in.||12/12/1919||Intermezzo russe||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||78862||10-in.||12/12/1919||American patrol||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||79517||10-in.||11/12/1920||Isle of Paradise||Ferera and Franchini ; George Hamilton Green||Instrumental trio (Hawaiian)||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||79565||10-in.||12/8/1920||After awhile||Paul Biese Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
|Columbia||140179||10-in.||12/15/1924||Cross corners||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||140180||10-in.||12/15/1924||The ragtime robin||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||49807||12-in.||4/28/1920||Alabama moon||Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||140421||10-in.||3/10/1925||Happy moments||Sibyl Sanderson Fagan||Whistling, with male vocal solo, 2 xylophones, orchestra, and barking||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||140422||10-in.||3/10/1925||Bells||Sibyl Sanderson Fagan||Whistling, with male vocal solo, 2 xylophones, and orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W140571||10-in.||5/1/1925||At dawning||George Hamilton Green||Vibraphone solo, unaccompanied||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Green, George Hamilton," accessed July 6, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
Green, George Hamilton. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 6, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
"Green, George Hamilton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 6 July 2022.
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