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Marion Harris

Marion Harris (born Mary Ellen Harrison, April 4, 1896 – April 23, 1944) was an American popular singer who was most successful in the 1920s. She was the first widely known white singer to sing jazz and blues songs.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1896 (Indiana), Died April 23rd, 1944 (Manhattan)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal, songwriter

Notes: Listed on a handwritten Victor ledger page of 7/31/1916 as "Marrion (sic) Harris; 245 W. 51st Street [New York, NY], Phone- Harlem 3440."

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 170 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-18192 10-in. 8/9/1916 I ain't got nobody much Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with piano and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-18193 10-in. 8/9/1916 My syncopated melody man Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-18318 10-in. 8/31/1916 I'm gonna make hay while the sun shines in Virginia Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-18319 10-in. 8/31/1916 Paradise blues Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-18604 10-in. 10/12/1916 Don't leave me, daddy Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-19317 10-in. 2/28/1917 I wonder why Marion Harris ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-19318 10-in. 2/28/1917 Some sweet day American Quartet ; Marion Harris Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-19380 10-in. 3/16/1917 Maiden's prayer American Quartet ; Marion Harris Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-19381 10-in. 3/16/1917 That cute little wigglin' dance American Quartet ; Marion Harris Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-20213 10-in. 7/12/1917 They go wild, simply wild, over me Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-20214 10-in. 7/12/1917 Plant plenty of potatoes Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-20215 10-in. 7/12/1917 Some sweet day Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-20230 10-in. 7/18/1917 When I hear that jazz band play Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21052 10-in. 11/5/1917 Cleopatra had a jazz band Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21053 10-in. 11/5/1917 My sweetie Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21208 10-in. 11/26/1917 Quaker girl Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21209 10-in. 11/26/1917 I want someone to kiss the blues away Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21243 10-in. 12/6/1917 Everybody's crazy 'bout the doggone blues, but I'm happy Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21244 10-in. 12/6/1917 I should worry Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21983 10-in. 6/12/1918 When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21994 10-in. 6/18/1918 There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-21995 10-in. 6/18/1918 Mammy's chocolate soldier Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-22159 10-in. 7/15/1918 Goodbye Alexander, goodbye honey boy Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-22160 10-in. 7/15/1918 After you've gone Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-22208 10-in. 8/12/1918 I always think I'm up in heaven (When I'm down in Dixieland) Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 170 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Harris, Marion," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106624.

Harris, Marion. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106624.

"Harris, Marion." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106624

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