James Brockman (December 8, 1886 – May 22, 1967) was an American songwriter. Born in Russia, he emigrated to New York by himself at the age of 9 or 10. His given name was Jacob Brachman but he changed the spelling of the last name because it was mis-pronounced and the rest of the family followed with the change.
Brockman began his career as a comedian in vaudeville and musicals in the early 1900s. He was a partner, along with James Kendis, of the Kendis-Brockman Music Company.
He wrote the lyrics to Down among the Sheltering Palms with music by composer and Chicago music publisher Abe Oldman. Oldman's marketing of the song led to Leo Feist acquiring it and encouraging Al Jolson to perform on stage.
In 1919, he was a co-writer of the song "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles", which years later would become the anthem of the English football club West Ham United. Also in 1919, he co-wrote "I'm Like a Ship Without a Sail". He also co-wrote, with Abe Olman, the song "Down Among The Sheltering Palms", published in 1914 and popularized by the Boswell Sisters in the early 1930s.
He went on to work in Hollywood as a songwriter for films, and wrote the score for Happy Days. He died in Santa Monica, California in May 1967, aged 80, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 8th, 1878 (Russian Empire), Died May 22nd, 1967 (Santa Monica)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist, tenor vocal
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-6264||10-in.||6/11/1908||My fluff-a de-ruff||Ed Morton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-7091||10-in.||5/18/1909||You can look and you can listen, but M-U-M is the word||Ada Jones||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-8179||10-in.||8/26/1909||If I could gain the world by wishing, I would only wish for you||Albert Campbell ; Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-9820||10-in.||1/17/1911||That's Yiddisha love||Monroe Silver||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-9821||10-in.||1/17/1911||Abie, take an example from your fader||Monroe Silver||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-11716||10-in.||3/13/1912||As long as the shamrock grows green||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15924||10-in.||4/21/1915||Down among the sheltering palms||Lyric Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-16974||12-in.||1/7/1916||Underneath the stars||Victor Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-17133||10-in.||2/9/1916||Some beautiful morning (You'll find me gone)||Gladys Wilbur||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17331||10-in.||3/17/1916||The kid is clever||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-17451||10-in.||4/5/1916||When Isadore sang Il trovatore||Rhoda Bernard||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-18944||10-in.||12/28/1916||In the days of Old Black Joe||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-19142||10-in.||1/30/1917||The ghost of the ukulele||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-19606||10-in.||4/18/1917||Underneath the China moon||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-22185||10-in.||7/30/1918||We're bound to win with boys like you||Charles Hart ; Shannon Quartet||Male vocal solo and vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||B-22218||10-in.||9/3/1918||Where it's peach jam makin' time||Geoffrey O'Hara||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-22597||10-in.||2/25/1919||I know what it means to be lonesome||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23123||10-in.||8/12/1919||Golden gate (Open for me)||Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-23147||10-in.||9/10/1919||I am climbing mountains||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with violin duet and orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-23449||10-in.||10/31/1919||I'm like a ship without a sail||Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-23701||10-in.||1/26/1920||Brazilian chimes||Crescent Trio||Male vocal trio with violin, celeste, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-24556||12-in.||10/28/1920||Grieving for you||Ambassador Orchestra ; Paul Whiteman||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-24634||10-in.||10/19/1920||Feather your nest||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell ; Rudy Wiedoeft||Male vocal duet, with saxophone and orchestra (takes 4-7); with cello and orchestra (takes 1-3)||songwriter|
|Victor||C-25010||12-in.||3/17/1921||Moonbeams||All Star Trio ; All Star Trio Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-25386||10-in.||7/7/1921||Sunnyside Sal||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brockman, James," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
Brockman, James. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
"Brockman, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.
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