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 151-175 of 355 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W140572||10-in.||5/1/1925||To a wild rose||George Hamilton Green||Bells solo, unaccompanied||instrumentalist, bells|
|Columbia||W140599||10-in.||5/13/1925||A little love, a little kiss||George Hamilton Green||Vibraphone solo, unaccompanied||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
|Columbia||W140652||10-in.||6/5/1925||Silent night, hallowed night||George Hamilton Green||Vibraphone solo||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
|Columbia||W140653||10-in.||6/5/1925||Adeste fideles||George Hamilton Green||Vibraphone solo||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
|Columbia||W141487||10-in.||1/13/1926||Jovial Jasper||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||instrumentalist, xylophone, composer|
|Columbia||W141488||10-in.||1/13/1926||Steppin' along||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W141598||10-in.||2/3/1926||Charleston capers||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W142685||10-in.||9/24/1926||A perfect day||George Hamilton Green||Vibraphone solo, with violin, cello, and piano||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
|Columbia||W142686||10-in.||9/24/1926||Whispering hope||George Hamilton Green||Vibraphone solo, with violin, cello, and piano||instrumentalist, vibraphone|
|Columbia||W142724||10-in.||10/4/1926||Dancing stars||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W142725||10-in.||10/4/1926||Dance of the toy regiment||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W144372||10-in.||7/14/1927||Sing me a baby song||George H. Green Trio||Instrumental trio, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W144373||10-in.||7/14/1927||No wonder I'm happy (My baby's in love with me)||George H. Green Trio||Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W144453||10-in.||7/11/1927||An Indian story||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W144454||10-in.||7/11/1927||The humming bird||George Hamilton Green||Xylophone solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W144536||10-in.||8/8/1927||No wonder I'm happy (my baby's in love with me)||Vaughn De Leath ; George H. Green Trio||Instrumental trio, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W148068||10-in.||3/13/1929||Sweet Hawaiian dream girl||Green Brothers' Novelty Marimba Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W148069||10-in.||3/13/1929||Underneath the blue Hawaiian skies||Green Brothers' Novelty Marimba Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|Columbia||W148945||10-in.||8/28/1929||If I had my way||Charlie Lawman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||148954||10-in.||8/30/1929||If I had my way||Lou Gold Orchestra ; Marvin Young [Irving Kaufman]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W148968||10-in.||9/3/1929||If I had my way||Merle Johnston and his Ceco Couriers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||217||10-in.||approximately July 1918||Watermelon whispers||Joe Green ; Rega's Novelty Dance Orchestra||Xylophone solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|OKeh||336||10-in.||ca. Sept. 1918||Frivolity||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone, composer|
|OKeh||457||10-in.||ca. Nov. 1918||Sensation||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
|OKeh||458||10-in.||ca. Nov. 1918||The St. Louis blues||All Star Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, xylophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Green, George Hamilton," accessed April 11, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
Green, George Hamilton. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104861.
"Green, George Hamilton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 April 2021.
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