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 8, 1878 (Russian Empire), Died May 22, 1967 (Santa Monica)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist, tenor vocal
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Recordings (Results 126-142 of 142 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Edison||7203||10-in.||3/9/1920||Brazilian chimes||Crescent Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||7270||10-in.||4/6/1920||Ages and ages||George Wilton Ballard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||7537||10-in.||9/21/1920||Feather your nest||Lenzberg's Riverside Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||7674||10-in.||12/10/1920||Good as gold||Max Fells' Della Robbia Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||7777||10-in.||2/4/1921||The Arabian yogi man||Max Fells' Della Robbia Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||7858||10-in.||3/22/1921||Jabberwocky||Harry Raderman's Jazz Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||7976||10-in.||5/11/1921||Lettres d'amour||Hector Pellerin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||8041||10-in.||6/2/1921||Sunnyside Sal||Vernon Dalhart ; Gladys Rice||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||9761||10-in.||10/2/1924||Temper'mental papa||Kansas City Five ; Josephine Miles||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble||songwriter|
|Edison||9880||10-in.||11/15/1924||Nightingale||Clover Gardens Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||10511||10-in.||7/22/1925||Silver head||Clover Gardens Orchestra ; Vernon Dalhart||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Edison||18864||10-in.||11/13/1928||You don't know how much you have to know||Bob Pierce||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||19038||10-in.||2/7/1929||I faw down an' go boom||Gladys Rice||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||19074||10-in.||3/5/1929||I faw down an' go boom||Assassinators ; Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||N-559||10-in.||11/13/1929||You don't know how much you have to know||Bob Pierce||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||N-729||10-in.||2/7/1929||I faw down an' go boom||Gladys Rice||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||N-765||10-in.||3/5/1929||I faw down an' go boom||Assassinators ; Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brockman, James," accessed October 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
Brockman, James. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106540.
"Brockman, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 October 2022.
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