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.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 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||session supervisor, lyricist|
|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|
|Victor||D5VB-0896||10-in.||12/10/1945||Only a rose||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Mary Martha Briney ; Earl Wrightson||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||D5VB-0979||10-in.||12/12/1945||Song of the vagabonds||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Guild Choristers ; Earl Wrightson||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||D5VB-0995||10-in.||12/19/1945||Give me one hour||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Mary Martha Briney||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||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||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|
|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||E17460-E17462||10-in.||1/12/1926||Only a rose||Mario Chamlee||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E24458-E24461||10-in.||9/16/1927||The Vagabond King waltz||Regent Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E24461)||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hooker, Brian," accessed October 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105453.
Hooker, Brian. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105453.
"Hooker, Brian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 October 2023.
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