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Phillips Brooks

Phillips Brooks (December 13, 1835 – January 23, 1893) was an American Episcopal clergyman and author, long the Rector of Boston's Trinity Church and briefly Bishop of Massachusetts, and particularly remembered as lyricist of the Christmas hymn, "O Little Town of Bethlehem".

In the Episcopal liturgical calendar he is remembered on January 23.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 13th, 1835 (Boston), Died January 23rd, 1893 (Boston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-18534 12-in. 10/6/1916 Oh, little town of Bethlehem Trinity Choir Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BS-75067 10-in. 2/9/1933 Songs for children (Hymns) Elsie Baker ; Myrtle C. Eaver ; Olive Kline ; Lambert Murphy ; Elliott Shaw Mixed vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Victor PBS-09062 10-in. 12/2/1936 Oh! Little town of Bethlehem Homer Hall Glee Club Male vocal chorus, with electric organ and chimes lyricist  
Victor BS-026906 10-in. 9/8/1938 O little town of Bethlehem Lewis White Mixed vocal chorus, with violin, organ, and harp lyricist  
Victor CS-046001 12-in. 12/16/1939 Lullaby Jesus dear (Polish Christmas carol) St. Gregory's Choir Vocal chorus, with electric organ lyricist  
Victor BS-067875 10-in. 9/17/1941 Oh little town of Bethlehem Richard Crooks ; Clarence Dickenson Tenor vocal solo, with pipe organ lyricist  
Columbia W140948 10-in. 9/16/1925 O little town of Bethlehem Columbia Mixed Quartette Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
OKeh W81574 10-in. 10/25/1927 O! Little town of Bethlehem Golden Hour Mixed Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with instrumental trio lyricist  
Brunswick 11455-11458 10-in. 9/27/1923 O little town of Bethlehem Collegiate Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E24966-E24968 10-in. 10/28/1927 O little town of Bethlehem Collegiate Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 4137 10-in. 9/22/1915 O little town of Bethlehem The Carol Singers Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brooks, Phillips," accessed April 10, 2021,

Brooks, Phillips. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 10, 2021, from

"Brooks, Phillips." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 10 April 2021.

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