Douglas Furber (13 May 1885 – 20 February 1961) was a British lyricist and playwright.
Furber is best known for the lyrics to the 1937 song "The Lambeth Walk" and the libretto to the musical Me and My Girl, composed by Noel Gay, from which it came. This show made broadcasting history when in 1939 it became the first full length musical to be broadcast on television. A 1986 revival went on to achieve great acclaim, and was nominated for Tony Awards for both Best Score and Best Book.
Furber made his first entry into songwriting with the Australian born composer A. Emmett Adams. Following a visit to St. Mary's Church, Southampton, England in 1914, the two wrote "The Bells of St. Mary's". The song was published in 1917. This became a major hit in the United States despite having been originally rejected by the publishers. In 1945, Bing Crosby had a hit with "The Bells of St. Mary's" after it was used as the title song to the film of the same name.
Other hits included "Limehouse Blues" from 1924, written with composer Philip Braham.
Furber also made a few appearances on stage.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 13th, 1885 (Greater London), Died Greater London
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 38 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-23505||10-in.||12/1/1919||The bells of St. Mary's||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-23505||10-in.||6/9/1926||The bells of St. Mary's||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-24953||10-in.||2/18/1921||Love in lilac time||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with oboe, bells, violin, piano, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25570||10-in.||9/23/1921||Every bit of loving in the world||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25782||10-in.||11/28/1921||The mill by the sea||Elsie Baker||Female vocal solo, with harp and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25901||10-in.||12/13/1921||Bless you||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30056||10-in.||5/8/1924||Limehouse blues||Marcia Freer||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34542||10-in.||2/6/1926||The bells of St. Mary's||Associated Glee Clubs of America||Male vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36361||10-in.||9/28/1926||The far-away bells||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-37046||10-in.||11/27/1926||The bells of St. Mary's||Associated Glee Clubs of America||Male vocal chorus, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-42447||10-in.||2/16/1928||Bells of Saint Mary's||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58184||10-in.||1/10/1930||She's such a comfort to me||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76479||10-in.||6/20/1933||Three wishes||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-76848||10-in.||8/4/1933||Let me give my happiness to you||Elmo Tanner ; Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||CS-011481||12-in.||8/13/1937||The bells of St. Mary's||Lew White||Organ solo, with harp and vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-024452||10-in.||8/4/1938||Lambeth Walk||Joseph Rines Hotel St. Regis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-042555||10-in.||3/7/1940||The bells of St. Mary's||Kenny Baker ; David Broekman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78788||10-in.||11/1/1919||The bells of St. Mary's||George Meader||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||49413||12-in.||ca. 1918||God send you back to me||Dorothy Brunton||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W141357||10-in.||12/7/1925||The bells of St. Mary's||Barbara Maurel||Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W143580||10-in.||3/4/1927||The far-away bells||Fred Rich Hotel Astor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144242||10-in.||5/31/1927||The far-away bells||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||lyricist|
|Columbia||W148414||10-in.||5/3/1929||Sing a song in the rain||Jim Andrews ; Ted Bartell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-7079||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1919||The bells of St. Mary's||Joseph A. Phillips||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5224-a]||10-in.||approximately Mar. 1918||God send you back to me||Harry McClaskey||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Furber, Douglas," accessed September 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105957.
Furber, Douglas. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105957.
"Furber, Douglas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 September 2020.
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