William Brian Hooker (November 2, 1880 – December 28, 1946) was an American poet, educator, lyricist, and librettist. He was born in New York City, the son of Elizabeth Work and William Augustus Hooker, who was a mining engineer for the New York firm of Hooker and Lawrence. His family was well known in Hartford, Connecticut having descended from Thomas Hooker, a prominent Puritan religious and colonial leader who founded the Colony of Connecticut.
Hooker attended Yale College in the class of 1902, where he was a writer, editor and business manager for campus humor magazine The Yale Record. He was an editor of the Yale Record collection Yale Fun (1901). He died in New London, Connecticut, aged 66.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 2nd, 1880 (New York City), Died December 28th, 1946 (New London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, session supervisor
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 40 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-33980||10-in.||12/10/1925||Song of the vagabonds||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34112||10-in.||12/3/1925||Song of the vagabonds||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34119||10-in.||12/7/1925||Only a rose||Carolyn Thomson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-53547||10-in.||6/6/1929||Love me tonight||Josepha Chekova ; Dennis King||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-53548||10-in.||6/6/1929||Drinking song||Dennis King||Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58186||10-in.||1/10/1930||Only a rose||Richard Crooks||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58607||10-in.||1/17/1930||Love me tonight||Dennis King||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-59710||12-in.||3/18/1930||Selections from The vagabond king||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group||Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78067||10-in.||10/2/1933||Song from Ruy Blas||Ruy Blas Vocal Sextet||Female vocal sextet, with 2 flutes and guitar||lyricist, session supervisor|
|Victor||BS-060304||10-in.||1/11/1941||Song of the vagabonds||Emile Coté ; Margaret Daum ; Stanley McClelland ; Victor Mixed Chorus||Female-male vocal duet, with mixed vocal chorus and piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-060306||10-in.||1/11/1941||Regimental song||Emile Coté ; Walter Preston ; Victor Mixed Chorus||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-060307||10-in.||1/11/1941||Waltz Huguette||Margaret Daum ; Frank Parker ; Victor Mixed Chorus||Mixed vocal chorus, with female-male vocal duet and piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-060314||10-in.||1/11/1941||Give me one hour||Frank Parker ; Victor Mixed Chorus||Mixed vocal chorus, with male vocal solo and piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]149740||10-in.||1/8/1930||Only a rose||Hotel Biltmore Music ; Bert Lown||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403870||10-in.||3/21/1930||Only a rose||Dr. Eugene Ormandy's Salon Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E16959-E16961||10-in.||11/24/1925||Only a rose||Mario Chamlee||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E16989-E16993½||10-in.||12/1/1925||Only a rose||Mario Chamlee||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C1209||10-in.||10/6/1927||Tomorrow||Mildred Herr ; Art Rose||Female-male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Brunswick||TC3442||10-in.||5/6/1929||Tomorrow||Harry Richman||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||TC3443||10-in.||5/6/1929||Only a rose||Harry Richman||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||TC3444||10-in.||5/6/1929||Song of the vagabond||Harry Richman||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||TC390||10-in.||12/16/1925||Only a rose||Brunswick Hour Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E29714||10-in.||Apr. 1929||The vagabond king waltz||Jessica Dragonette||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E1783-E1785||10-in.||11/20/1925||Song of the vagabonds||Tuxedo Orchestra [Carl Fenton's Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E1929-E1931||10-in.||12/15/1925||Song of the vagabonds||Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Elliott Shaw||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hooker, Brian," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105453.
Hooker, Brian. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105453.
"Hooker, Brian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.
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