E. Y. Harburg
Edgar Yipsel Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg; April 8, 1896 – March 5, 1981) was an American popular song lyricist and librettist who worked with many well-known composers. He wrote the lyrics to the standards "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (with Jay Gorney), "April in Paris", and "It's Only a Paper Moon", as well as all of the songs for the film The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow". He was known for the social commentary of his lyrics, as well as his leftist leanings. He championed racial and gender equality and union politics. He also was an ardent critic of religion.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 8, 1896 (Lower East Side), Died March 5, 1981 (Hollywood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 142 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-53995||10-in.||8/19/1929||Like me less, love me more||Don Howard ; Phelps Twins||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56711||10-in.||9/24/1929||What wouldn't I do for that man!||Helen Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-63113||10-in.||7/10/1930||I am only human after all||Frank Luther ; Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-63158||10-in.||10/16/1930||I'm yours||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-63670||10-in.||9/25/1930||I'm yours||Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Biltmore Rhythm Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-70140||10-in.||7/31/1931||Oh, it looks like rain||Connie’s Inn Orchestra ; Fletcher Henderson ; Dick Robertson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-70186||10-in.||8/27/1931||If I didn't have you||Ted Black Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-72263||10-in.||4/11/1932||Night||Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73361||10-in.||9/6/1932||Riddle me this||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73362||10-in.||9/6/1932||How do you do it?||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73710||10-in.||9/29/1932||Satan's li'l lamb||Ethel Merman||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73765||10-in.||10/5/1932||Brother, can you spare a dime?||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73771||10-in.||10/5/1932||Whistling for a kiss||Leo Reisman Orchestra ; George Wheeler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-75342||10-in.||3/1/1933||A penny for your thoughts||Roy Bargy ; Ramona||Piano duet and instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-75669||10-in.||4/19/1933||And yet the world rolls on||Ramona||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76156||10-in.||5/18/1933||Isn't it heavenly||Bert Lown Orchestra ; Ted Holt||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76166||10-in.||5/19/1933||Isn't it heavenly||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76675||10-in.||7/20/1933||Ah, but is it love?||Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-77645||10-in.||9/11/1933||It's only a paper moon||Peggy Healy ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-77681||10-in.||9/15/1933||It's only a paper moon||Hotel Montclair Orchestra ; Larry Murphy ; Bill Scotti||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78092||10-in.||10/5/1933||It's only a paper moon||Ray Sinatra ; Conrad Thibault||Baritone vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78589||10-in.||11/24/1933||Suddenly||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78590||10-in.||11/24/1933||What is there to say?||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-78820||10-in.||11/29/1933||April in Paris||Hotel Pierre Orchestra ; Henry King ; Joseph Sudy||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-83378||10-in.||7/13/1934||Fun to be fooled||Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Harburg, E. Y.," accessed September 25, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105161.
Harburg, E. Y.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 25, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105161.
"Harburg, E. Y.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 25 September 2023.
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