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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born November 6, 1877, Died February 10, 1966
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 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||composer, lyricist|
|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||composer, lyricist|
|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||lyricist, composer|
|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||composer, lyricist|
|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||composer, lyricist|
|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|
|Victor||D9VB-1233||10-in.||4/1/1949||I want a girl (just like the girl that married dear old Dad)||Main Street String Band||String band, with vocal ensemble||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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dillon, William A.," accessed March 24, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106538.
Dillon, William A.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 24, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106538.
"Dillon, William A.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 24 March 2023.
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Wikidata: William Dillon - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q8007844
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