May Singhi Breen

May Singhi Breen (née May W. Singhi; February 24, 1891, New York City – 19 December 1970, New York City) was an American composer, arranger, and ukulelist, who became known as "The Original Ukulele Lady." Her work in the music publishing business spanned several decades. Breen was the driving force in getting the ukulele accepted as a musical instrument by the American Federation of Musicians. In 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 24th, 1891 (New York City), Died December 19th, 1970

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: ukulele, composer, lyricist, songwriter, banjo, vocalist, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 67 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30153 10-in. 6/2/1924 Ukulele blues International Novelty Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, ukulele, composer  
Victor B-31728 10-in. 1/16/1925 Sudanaby May Singhi Breen Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, ukulele, composer  
Victor B-31729 10-in. 1/16/1925 I never knew how much I loved you May Singhi Breen Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor B-32053 10-in. 3/4/1925 The time will come Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin, guitar, and ukulele instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor B-32055 10-in. 3/4/1925 He sure can play the harmonica Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin, guitar, and ukulele instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor B-32225 10-in. 3/19/1925 What a life (When no one loves you) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor B-32431 10-in. 4/15/1925 Let it rain Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-33092 10-in. 7/22/1925 Ukulele lesson May Singhi Breen ; Vaughn De Leath ; Peter De Rose Ukulele instruction, with female vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-33093 10-in. 7/22/1925 Ukulele lesson May Singhi Breen ; Vaughn De Leath ; Peter De Rose Ukulele instruction, with female vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-34103 10-in. 11/30/1925 Five foot two, eyes of blue (Has anybody seen my girl) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano (takes 3-6); with orchestra (takes 1 and 2) instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-34139 10-in. 12/11/1925 Sleepy time girl Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-34300 10-in. 1/6/1926 Where is my Rose of Waikiki The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-35865 10-in. 9/11/1926 Broken hearted Sue Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-35904 10-in. 7/8/1926 Yukel mit sein yukeleile Bessie Weismann Female vocal solo, with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-35905 10-in. 7/8/1926 Oi, gevald, ve derlebt men dus Bessie Weismann Female vocal solo, with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-36075 10-in. 8/30/1926 No one but you knows how to love Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-36076 10-in. 8/30/1926 What does my honeydew do? Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-36077 10-in. 8/30/1926 Bye bye blackbird Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Victor BVE-36886 10-in. 10/30/1926 No one but you knows how to love Jack Smith Male vocal solo, with 2 pianos composer  
Victor BVE-39109 10-in. 8/24/1927 Marvelous Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with clarinet, cornet, and piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-39314 10-in. 8/9/1927 Marvelous Parisian Red Heads Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-39580 10-in. 8/24/1927 Marvelous Ted Weems Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist  
Victor BS-73905 10-in. 11/2/1932 Back in the old Sunday school Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Victor BS-73979 10-in. 11/22/1932 I'm sure of everything but you May Singhi Breen ; Peter De Rose ; Peter De Rose Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Victor BS-73980 10-in. 11/22/1932 A boy and a girl were dancing Peter De Rose Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 67 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Breen, May Singhi," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107747.

Breen, May Singhi. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107747.

"Breen, May Singhi." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

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