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E. Y. Harburg

Edgar Yipsel "Yip" Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg, Yiddish: איסידור הוכברג‎; 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 liberal sensibilities. He championed racial and gender equality and union politics. He also was an ardent critic of religion.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 8th, 1896 (Lower East Side), Died March 5th, 1981 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 133 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  
(Results 1-25 of 133 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Harburg, E. Y.," accessed September 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105161.

Harburg, E. Y.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105161.

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