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Eben E. Rexford

Eben Eugene Rexford (16 July 1848 - 18 October 1916) was an American writer and poet, and author of lyrics to popular and gospel songs.

Born in Johnsburg, New York, he moved with his family to Ellington, Wisconsin in 1855. His first poems were published in the New York Ledger when Rexford was 14. Among the many songs he wrote, Rexford is best remembered for the lyrics to Silver Threads Among the Gold which were set to music by Hart Pease Danks. This song was one of the first items to be recorded mechanically. Another poem which has had continuing popularity is “The Ride of Paul Venarez,” which is considered to be a “cowboy poem,” even though the author was from Wisconsin. It has been turned into a song, “Billy Venero,” and has a colorful history.

Rexford was a prolific writer. Most of his books were about gardening. In addition, he wrote many poems and stories. He worked with the Ladies' Home Journal for 14 years. After leaving that magazine, he wrote for American Homes and Gardens, House and Gardens, and American Home Monthly. His articles also appeared frequently in Lippincott's and Outing. Rexford's fiction was published stories by Beadle and Adams and other periodical publishers. He was a member of the Chicago Press Club and the Authors Club of Boston. For more than 20 years he served as organist at the Congregational Church of Shiocton, WI. Following many years as Town Clerk at Bovina, he died in Green Bay and was buried at Bovina Cemetery.

Eben E. Rexford received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Lawrence University, in 1908, and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 16th, 1848 (United States of America)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 73 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-597 10-in. 10/27/1903 Silver threads among the gold Richard Jose Counter-tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-1943 10-in. 11/16/1904 Silver threads among the gold Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor D-1943 14-in. 11/28/1905 Silver threads among the gold Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-2023 10-in. 12/8/1904 Silver threads among the gold Richard Jose Counter-tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-2023 12-in. 12/8/1904 Silver threads among the gold Richard Jose Counter-tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-2448 10-in. 4/5/1905 O morning land Harry Macdonough ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor E-2448 8-in. 10/25/1906 O morning land Harry Macdonough ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-6823 10-in. 2/19/1909 Silver threads among the gold Will Oakland Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-8047 12-in. 6/12/1909 Silver threads among the gold Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-8920 10-in. 5/6/1910 Only a pansy blossom Will Oakland Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10208 10-in. 4/19/1911 Silver threads among the gold Frank Coombs Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-11834 10-in. 12/23/1925 Silver threads among the gold John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-11834 10-in. 4/5/1912 Silver threads among the gold John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-12070 10-in. 6/4/1912 Silver threads among the gold Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-12070 10-in. 6/8/1925 Silver threads among the gold Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-12211 12-in. 7/18/1912 Silver threads among the gold Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-12935 12-in. 2/20/1913 Cradle song Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-14968 12-in. 6/17/1914 Cradle song Clara Zollars Bond Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor C-16583 12-in. 10/1/1915 Songs of the past, no. 7 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-17364 12-in. 3/23/1916 Songs of the past, no. 11 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18871 10-in. 12/22/1916 Silver threads among the gold Victor Ledeky Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-19663 12-in. 5/1/1917 Silver threads among the gold Julia Culp Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20077 10-in. 6/22/1917 Mrs. Perkins takes poison Charles Ross Taggart Recitation, unaccompanied author  
Victor B-20603 10-in. 8/8/1917 Medley of old songs Boston Quintet Male quintet (vocal quartet and piano) lyricist  
Victor B-20617 10-in. 8/13/1917 Cradle song Estelle Hearte-Dreyfus Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 73 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rexford, Eben E.," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107433.

Rexford, Eben E.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107433.

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