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 101-125 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||W403599||10-in.||1/9/1930||Dough-boy's lullaby||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|OKeh||W403774||10-in.||2/25/1930||We'll build a little world of our own||Smith Ballew Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W490020||10-in.||12/23/1929||Put a little salt on the bluebird's tail (Before it flies away)||Ed Loyd and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||[OK cat 1058-b]||10-in.||approximately 1918||Peach jam makin' time in Dixie||Ada Jones ; George L. Thompson||Female-male vocal duet||songwriter|
|OKeh||[OK cat 1133-b]||10-in.||approximately 1918||The older they get, the harder they fall||Kaufman Brothers||Male vocal duet||songwriter|
|OKeh||[OK cat 1271-b]||10-in.||approximately 1919||Golden Gate (Open for me)||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet||composer|
|OKeh||[Od cat 20070-b]||10-in.||1921||Apache love||Joseph Samuels Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5007-a]||10-in.||approximately late 1916||Ephraim's Jazbo Band||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Brunswick||5222||10-in.||approximately Mar. 1921||Pining||Mario Perry||Accordion solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||5434||10-in.||approximately Apr. 1921||Jabberwocky||Rudy Wiedoeft's Californians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||4651-4652||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1920||Feather your nest||Amphion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Brunswick||11925-11927||10-in.||11/20/1923||You darling you||Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||13608-13609||10-in.||7/24/1924||Nightingale||Fredric Fradkin ; Margaret McKee||Violin solo, with orchestra and bird imitations||composer|
|Brunswick||C2887||10-in.||1/29/1929||I faw down an’ go boom!||Wolverines||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E29038||10-in.||1/10/1929||I faw down an’ go boom!||Dick Robertson||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E29051||10-in.||1/11/1929||I faw down an’ go boom!||Six Jumping Jacks ; Tom Stacks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E32290||10-in.||3/4/1930||We’ll build a little world of our own||Colonial Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Edison||3996||10-in.||7/21/1915||Down among the sheltering palms||Harvey Hindermyer||Male vocal solo and mixed vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4116||10-in.||9/15/1915||Down among the sheltering palms||Harvey Hindermyer||Male vocal solo and male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4630||10-in.||4/4/1916||The kid is clever||Byron G. Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||6096||10-in.||3/31/1918||Three pickaninnies||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6932||10-in.||9/16/1919||I know what it means to be lonesome||Margaret A. Freer||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6942||10-in.||9/23/1919||Golden gate (Open for me)||Louise Ferrell ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||7020||10-in.||11/13/1919||Sunny weather friends||Harvey Hindermyer||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||7203||10-in.||3/9/1920||Brazilian chimes||Crescent Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
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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