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George Price

Georgie Price (George Edwards Price; January 5, 1901 – May 10, 1964) was an American vaudeville singer and comic who performed in Vitaphone shorts in the 1920s and 1930s. Price was born in New York and began as a child performer in public places such as barrooms and streetcars, before winning amateur competitions. At six years old, he so impressed opera singer Enrico Caruso that he performed with Caruso in a benefit concert for a deceased police officers family. It was Price, as a vaudeville child star, who in 1909 introduced the famous Edwards-Madden song "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" in Gus Edwards' revue School Boys and Girls. As a boy performer he also appeared on Broadway with girl actor Lila Lee, later a well-known film actress. As an adult professional he drew comparisons to Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor.

A bitter dispute with Shubert theatre magnate, Jacob J. Shubert, caused Price by the late 1920s to give up show business to work as a Wall Street broker. Shubert had originally hired Price with the promise to turn him into a major headliner, but then reneged and in turn refused to fulfill the financial obligations on Price's contract.

Georgie Price appeared in the stage show at the Mastbaum Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Barto and Mann and Maria Gambarelli (Gamby) in March, 1932. He died in New York, aged 63.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 5th, 1901 (New York City), Died New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, lyricist, songwriter, vocalist, speaker

Notes: Name often appears as Georgie Price.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27673 10-in. 3/26/1923 Dearest (you're the nearest to my heart) George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27674 10-in. 3/26/1923 Morning will come George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27775 10-in. 4/24/1923 Barney Google George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27776 10-in. 4/24/1923 Beside a babbling brook George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-29097 10-in. 12/18/1923 Ellis Island blues George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-29162 10-in. 12/28/1923 Yes, dear George Price Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-29164 10-in. 12/28/1923 I'm goin' South George Price ; Virginians Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-29355 10-in. 1/28/1924 Nita (I need you) George Price Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-29356 10-in. 1/28/1924 California, here I come The Manhattan Merrymakers ; George Price Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-30132 10-in. 5/23/1924 Nobody's child George Price ; The Troubadours Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-30133 10-in. 5/23/1924 You know me Alabam' George Price ; The Troubadours Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-30814 10-in. 9/12/1924 Bring back those rock-a-bye baby days George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-30834 10-in. 9/19/1924 My best girl George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32415 10-in. 4/10/1925 Isn't she the sweetest thing George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32416 10-in. 4/10/1925 Swanee butterfly George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32417 10-in. 4/10/1925 All aboard for heaven (All aboard for home sweet home) George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-33827 10-in. 10/30/1925 Mother me, Tennessee George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-33828 10-in. 10/30/1925 Clap hands! Here comes Charley George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-34131 10-in. 12/9/1925 Where the huckleberries grow George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-34140 10-in. 12/14/1925 Miami, you owe a lot to me George Price Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor MVE-56099 16-in. 10/7/1929 Station B. U. N. K. George Price Motion picture soundtrack : Comic scene, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, speaker  
Victor BVE-Test-128 10-in. 8/20/1928 Song of the south George Price Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1918-05-10-01] Not documented 5/10/1918 Someone else may be there while I'm gone George Price Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1920-03-31-04] Not documented 3/31/1920 You said it George Price Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1923-03-09-03] 10-in. 3/9/1923 Carolina in the morning George Price Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Price, George," accessed August 8, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105292.

Price, George. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105292.

"Price, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 8 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105292

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