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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born January 27, 1869 (Washington, D.C.), Died July 19, 1944 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, arranger, leader
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Recordings (Results 51-73 of 73 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||39274||10-in.||3/12/1914||Swing along||Afro-American Folk Song Singers||Male vocal chorus, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||39275||10-in.||3/12/1914||The rain song||Afro-American Folk Song Singers||Male vocal chorus, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||39325||10-in.||4/14/1914||Exhortation||Reed Miller||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||46302||10-in.||12/24/1915||Exhortation||The Right Quintette||Male vocal quintet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||46303||10-in.||12/24/1915||Rain song||The Right Quintette||Male vocal quintet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||46304||10-in.||12/24/1915||Swing along||The Right Quintette||Male vocal quintet, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||140043||10-in.||9/17/1924||Swing along||Binghamton Kiwanis Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||W142649||10-in.||9/18/1926||I'm coming, Virginia||Ethel Waters Singing Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo ("blues singer") and vocal ensemble||lyricist, leader, arranger|
|Columbia||144806||10-in.||9/28/1927||I'm coming, Virginia||Original Indiana Five||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144821||10-in.||10/3/1927||I'm coming, Virginia||The Singing Sophomores||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||8201-8202||10-in.||approximately June 1922||Swing along||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Brunswick||E25288-E25289||10-in.||11/25/1927||I’m coming, Virginia||Variety Four||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C180-C181||10-in.||4/20/1926||Swing along!||Umbrian Glee Club||Male vocal chorus, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||C182-C183||10-in.||4/20/1926||Exhortation (A Negro sermon)||Umbrian Glee Club||Male vocal chorus, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||C186-C187||10-in.||4/20/1926||Rain song||Umbrian Glee Club||Male vocal chorus, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||[C1032-C1034c]||10-in.||7/8/1927||I’m coming, Virginia||Jules Herbuveaux ; Palmer House Victorians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take [C1032-C1034c]-4)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C1077-C1080||10-in.||7/28/1927||I’m coming, Virginia||Jules Herbuveaux Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1080)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C1288-C1289||10-in.||10/11/1927||I’m coming, Virginia||Variety Four||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Edison||3971||10-in.||7/15/1915||My lady's lips am like de honey||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||4420||10-in.||1/14/1916||Swing along!||Orpheus Male Chorus||Male vocal chorus, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||10723||10-in.||12/15/1925||Exhortation||James Doherty||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||11901||10-in.||9/20/1927||I'm coming, Virginia||Al Friedman Orchestra ; The Rollickers [Edison]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Gramophone||0EA7694||10-in.||5/9/1939||Down de Lovers' Lane||Lawrence Brown ; Paul Robeson||Bass vocal solo, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cook, Will Marion," accessed June 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106040.
Cook, Will Marion. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106040.
"Cook, Will Marion." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Cook, Will Marion - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n88663576
Wikidata: Will Marion Cook - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q739583
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