Brian Hooker

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 New London

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, session supervisor

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 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 W149740 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 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 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  
Edison 7964 10-in. 5/5/1921 Dear love, my love Elizabeth Spencer Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 10715 10-in. 12/9/1925 Song of the vagabonds Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus lyricist  
Edison 10924 10-in. 4/13/1926 The vagabond king New York Light Opera Co. Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hooker, Brian," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105453.

Hooker, Brian. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105453.

"Hooker, Brian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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