Austen Croom-Johnson

Austen Herbert Croom-Johnson (20 October 1909 Hereford, England – 18 May 1964 Manhattan, New York City) was an English-born pianist, composer, and radio producer: first, until about 1935, for the BBC, then, from about 1936, for NBC. He went on to become a prolific jingle writer, first beginning around 1938 in radio with his chief collaborator, Alan Kent, then, beginning around 1947, in television. Croom-Johnson and Kent are widely credited for being the fathers of the modern short jingle.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1909, Died 1964

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-021419 10-in. 3/10/1938 (Do ye ken) John Peel Dick Stabile Orchestra ; Paula Kelly Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo arranger  
Victor PBS-042122 10-in. 9/15/1939 (Why couldn't it last?) Last night Kenny Baker ; Nathaniel Finston Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-042663 10-in. 9/11/1939 (Why couldn't it last?) Last night Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-042712 10-in. 9/20/1939 (Why couldn't it last) Last night Terry Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-042779 10-in. 10/3/1939 (Why couldn't it last) Last night Dinah Shore Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Croom-Johnson, Austen," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106868.

Croom-Johnson, Austen. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106868.

"Croom-Johnson, Austen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106868

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