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 51-75 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||77795||10-in.||4/29/1918||I miss my daddy's goodnight kiss||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78105||10-in.||10/9/1918||When it's peach-jam makin' time||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78570||10-in.||7/15/1919||I know what it means to be lonesome||The Three Kaufields||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78585||10-in.||7/21/1919||Golden gate||Charles Harrison ; Lewis James||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78628||10-in.||9/9/1919||I am climbing mountains||Charles Harrison ; Lewis James||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78732||10-in.||10/11/1919||I'm like a ship without a sail||Charles Harrison ; Lewis James||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78759||10-in.||10/24/1919||I know what it means to be lonesome||George Meader||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78814||10-in.||11/18/1919||All I have are sunny weather friends||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||79081||10-in.||3/26/1920||Ages and ages||George Meader||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||79167||10-in.||5/7/1920||Typhoon||Harry Akst ; Frank E. Banta||Piano duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||79492||10-in.||10/29/1920||Feather your nest||Strickland's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||79525||10-in.||11/18/1920||Feather your nest||Happy Six||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80025||10-in.||10/13/1921||Jabberwocky||Happy Six||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80121||10-in.||12/23/1921||You're out o' luck||Al Herman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||81270||10-in.||10/8/1923||You darling you||California Ramblers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81825||10-in.||6/16/1924||Nightingale||Columbia Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||49406||12-in.||12/31/1918||Down among the sheltering palms||Dorothy Brunton||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||49984||12-in.||9/15/1921||When the sun goes down blues||Happy Six||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140817||10-in.||8/6/1925||Silver head||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140854||10-in.||8/14/1925||Silver head||Ernest Hare||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W141881||10-in.||3/29/1926||Let's grow old together||Will Oakland||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142194||10-in.||5/12/1926||Wait till my ship comes in||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W147747||10-in.||1/2/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Dorothea Ponce ; Ethel Ponce||Female vocal duet, with piano and harmonium||songwriter|
|Columbia||W147787||10-in.||1/17/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Dot Dare||Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W147918||10-in.||2/5/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Jim Andrews ; Jerome Conrad Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brockman, James," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
Brockman, James. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
"Brockman, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.
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