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 76-100 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W147951||10-in.||2/11/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Charles Fulcher Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W149626||10-in.||12/28/1929||Doughboy's lullaby||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151569||10-in.||5/26/1931||Faithfully yours||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Columbia||W351020||10-in.||5/19/1931||Faithfully yours||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||138||10-in.||ca. May 1918||Three pickaninnies||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||294||10-in.||ca. Aug. 1918||We're bound to win with boys like you||Franklyn Kent||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||502||10-in.||ca. Dec. 1918||Lonesome||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||613||10-in.||ca. Feb. 1919||Forget-me-not||Samuel Ash||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7086||10-in.||ca. Dec. 1919||I am climbing mountains||Joseph A. Phillips ; Carroll Shannon||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7109||10-in.||ca. Dec. 1919||I am climbing mountains||Conway's Band||Band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7120||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1919||Sunny weather friends||Harvey Hindermyer||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7198||10-in.||ca. Jan. 1920||For ev'ry door that closes||Reed Miller||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7227||10-in.||Feb. 1920||Brazilian chimes||Crescent Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-7347||10-in.||Mar. 1920||Ages and ages||Samuel Ash||Male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7565||10-in.||Sept. 1920||Feather your nest||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7782||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Jabberwocky||Joseph Samuels Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7864||10-in.||Apr. 1921||Pining||Perry's Syncopators||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-70108||10-in.||Aug. 1921||Sunny side Sal||Damon's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-70538||10-in.||Mar. 1922||Babbling brook||Virginia Burt ; Elliott Shaw||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-72118||10-in.||11/26/1923||You, darling, you||Ace Brigode ; Ten Virginians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-72565||10-in.||5/23/1924||Nightingale||Sibyl Sanderson Fagan ; Hotel Sylvania Orchestra of Philadelphia ; Vincent Rizzo||Jazz/dance band, with whistling obbligato||composer|
|OKeh||73554||10-in.||8/19/1925||Silver head||Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||W401553||10-in.||1/24/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Fred Hall ; Sugar Babies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W401629||10-in.||2/20/1929||I faw down an' go boom!||Vaughn De Leath||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||W403548||10-in.||12/23/1929||Put a little salt on the bluebird's tail (Before it flies away)||Ed Kirkeby Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
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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