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 Santa Monica
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist, tenor vocal
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-25469||10-in.||7/22/1921||Sunnyside Sal||Shilking Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||B-25503||10-in.||8/8/1921||Once in a blue moon||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-29240||10-in.||1/2/1924||You darling you||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29979||10-in.||5/9/1924||Nightingale||Nelson Maples ; S.S. Leviathan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and bird imitations||composer|
|Victor||B-30791||10-in.||9/9/1924||The sun's gonna shine again||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-31532||10-in.||12/19/1924||Get yourself a broom and sweep your troubles away||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with ukulele piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33571||10-in.||10/16/1925||Silver head||Jack Shilkret Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49022||10-in.||12/27/1928||I faw down an' go boom!||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-49618||10-in.||1/4/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Vaughn De Leath||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-49689||10-in.||1/28/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Eddie Cantor||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-53077||10-in.||5/1/1931||Faithfully yours||Richard Barry ; Henry Busse Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-54518||10-in.||11/22/1929||Doughboy's lullaby||The Rounders||Male vocal chorus, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-57201||10-in.||11/30/1929||Put a little salt on the bluebird's tail||Ernie Birchill ; Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (takes 4-6)||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-59659||10-in.||3/31/1930||The snowball men||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-61074||10-in.||2/16/1931||Faded blue prints||The Rounders||Male vocal quartet, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-69350||10-in.||5/26/1931||Lonesome for you||Carter Family||Female-male duet, with guitar||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-102666||10-in.||6/17/1936||Feather your nest||Harry Blair ; Washboard Wonders ; Kenneth Wolfe||Male vocal duet, with washboard band||songwriter|
|Victor||[Trial 1919-03-13-04]||Not documented||3/13/1919||Forget-me-not||James Brockman||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, tenor vocal|
|Columbia||3719||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Oct. 1907||You've got to love me a lot||Ada Jones ; Len Spencer||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||4225||10-in.||ca. 1909||If I could gain the world by wishing||Harvey Hindermyer||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||19872||10-in.||4/29/1912||As long as the shamrock grows green||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||45555||10-in.||4/12/1915||Down among the sheltering palms||Columbia Stellar Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||46161||10-in.||10/27/1915||Some beautiful morning (You'll find me gone)||Marguerite Farrell||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||46642||10-in.||3/15/1916||The kid is clever||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||47495||10-in.||4/17/1917||The ghost of the ukulele||Elizabeth Brice ; Charles King||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brockman, James," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
Brockman, James. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
"Brockman, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.
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