William A. Dillon

William Austin Dillon (November 6, 1877 - February 10, 1966) was an American songwriter and Vaudevillian. He is best known as the lyricist for the song "I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)" (1911), written in collaboration with Harry Von Tilzer. It can be heard in Show Business (1944) and The Jolson Story (1946). He was born in Cortland, New York and performed at some point in Vaudeville with his brothers John and Harry. He billed his own act as the "man of a thousand songs".

He quit vaudeville around 1912 after injuries suffered in a car accident. Dillon died in Ithaca, New York on February 10, 1966. He married in 1918 to Georgia Leola Head, daughter of George and Mary (Steen) Head.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 6th, 1877

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-4455 10-in. 5/1/1907 Every little bit, added to what you've got, makes just a little bit more Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6674 10-in. 12/17/1908 Bonnie, my Highland queen Elise Stevenson Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-9783 10-in. 1/11/1911 When Mariola do the Cubanola Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10171 10-in. 4/11/1911 All alone Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10172 10-in. 4/11/1911 It's got to be someone I love Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10822 10-in. 7/21/1911 I want a girl just like the girl that married dear old Dad Walter Van Brunt Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10839 10-in. 7/27/1911 I want a girl just like the girl that married dear old Dad American Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor B-11523 10-in. 1/29/1912 Don't leave me now Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-12167 10-in. 7/8/1912 Take me to the cabaret Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-15811 10-in. 3/18/1915 Don't take my darling boy away Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16073 10-in. 6/4/1915 My little girl Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-17605 10-in. 5/3/1916 My grandfather's girl Jane Kenyon [i.e., Elizabeth Wheeler] Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-17781 10-in. 6/2/1916 Do what your mother did (I'll do the same as your dad) Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18328 10-in. 9/7/1916 I'll wed the girl I left behind John H. Meyer ; M. J. O'Connell Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor C-18375 12-in. 9/15/1916 Witmark medley one-step Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-18522 10-in. 10/3/1916 Take me to my Alabam' Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18567 10-in. 10/20/1916 I'll wed the girl I left behind M. J. O'Connell Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-19166 10-in. 2/12/1917 That girl of mine Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor CVE-36749 12-in. 11/1/1926 The end of the road Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-41962 10-in. 2/24/1928 Little girl, you know I love you Watkins Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-067624 10-in. 8/7/1941 I want a girl (Just like the girl that married dear old Dad) Eton Boys ; Claude Garreau Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3678 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1907 Ev'ry little bit, added to what you've got makes just a little bit more Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 4368 10-in. ca. Jan.-Apr. 1910 Keep your foot on the soft pedal Frank C. Stanley Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19227 10-in. 2/7/1911 It's got to be someone I love Ada Jones ; Walter Van Brunt Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19284 10-in. 4/5/1911 All alone Ada Jones ; Walter Van Brunt Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dillon, William A.," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106538.

Dillon, William A.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106538.

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