Will Marion Cook
William Mercer Cook (January 27, 1869 – July 19, 1944), better known as Will Marion Cook, was an African-American composer, violinist, and choral director. Cook was a student of Antonín Dvořák. In 1919 he took his New York Syncopated Orchestra to England for a command performance for King George V of the United Kingdom, and tour. Cook is probably best known for his popular songs and landmark Broadway musicals, featuring African-American creators, producers, and casts, such as Clorindy, or The Origin of the Cake Walk (1898) and In Dahomey (1903). The latter toured for four years, including in the United Kingdom and United States.
Cook served as musical director of the George Walker-Bert Williams Company, working with the comedy partners on Clorindy, In Dahomey, and several other musical successes.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 27th, 1869 (Washington, D.C.), Died July 19th, 1944 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, arranger, leader
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 73 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||4296||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?||Imperial Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Berliner||015||7-in.||4/15/1899||Darktown is out tonight||Len Spencer||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||027||7-in.||3/29/1899||Darktown is out tonight||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Berliner||035||7-in.||4/3/1899||Darktown is out tonight||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||0311||7-in.||7/7/1899||Who dat said chicken||Len Spencer||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||0911||7-in.||1/26/1900||Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Berliner||01208||7-in.||Apr. 1900||Who dat say chicken in dis crowd? (Medley)||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]137||7-in.||7/14/1900||Who dat say 'chicken'?||Voss First Regiment Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]253||7-in.||9/29/1900||Darktown is out to-night||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]253||10-in.||10/4/1902||Darktown is out to-night||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]289||7-in.||9/28/1900||Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]362||7-in.||10/3/1900||Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1661||7-in.||10/8/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman||Banjo solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1661||10-in.||10/8/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman||Banjo solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1710||7-in.||10/25/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman ; Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with banjo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1710||10-in.||10/25/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman ; Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with banjo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1798||7-in.||11/20/1902||Molly Green||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1798||10-in.||11/20/1902||Molly Green||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-1583||10-in.||7/11/1904||Mandy Lou||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||A-1583||7-in.||7/11/1904||Mandy Lou||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||B-2522||10-in.||5/4/1905||It's allus de same in Dixie||Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-2873||10-in.||11/8/1905||Mandy Lou||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-6066||10-in.||3/31/1908||Bon-bon buddy||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-8180||10-in.||8/26/1909||The red, red rose||Albert Campbell ; Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-8258||12-in.||9/28/1909||Red, red rose||Arthur C. Clough ; Haydn Quartet||Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cook, Will Marion," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106040.
Cook, Will Marion. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106040.
"Cook, Will Marion." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.
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