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James Thornton

James Thornton (December 5, 1861 – July 27, 1938) was an Irish-American songwriter and vaudeville performer. He is primarily remembered today as the composer of the 1898 song, "When You Were Sweet Sixteen".

Birth and Death Data: Born December 5th, 1861 (Dublin), Died July 27th, 1938 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 160 7-in. Before 1895 The maiden and the lamb Male vocalist (unidentified; Berliner Gramophone Co.) Male vocal solo lyricist  
Berliner 171 7-in. 11/3/1895 Streets of Cairo Artists vary Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Berliner 954 7-in. 4/17/1896 She may have seen better days Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 1702 7-in. 4/18/1896 It don’t seem like the same old smile Artists vary Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]526 7-in. 11/19/1900 Just sweet sixteen Sousa's Band Cornet solo, with band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]769 7-in. 5/3/1901 When you were sweet sixteen Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]769 10-in. 7/8/1902 When you were sweet sixteen Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1145 7-in. 12/12/1901 When you were sweet sixteen J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1145 10-in. 12/12/1901 When you were sweet sixteen J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3135 10-in. 2/21/1901 When you were sweet sixteen J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3262 10-in. 4/5/1901 When you were sweet sixteen Walter B. Rogers ; Sousa's Band Cornet solo, with band composer  
Victor A-178 7-in. 6/30/1903 When you were sweet sixteen James Doyle Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor B-178 10-in. 6/30/1903 When you were sweet sixteen James Doyle Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor A-763 7-in. 12/1/1903 When you were sweet sixteen Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor B-763 10-in. 12/1/1903 When you were sweet sixteen Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor B-9637 10-in. 11/9/1910 When you were sweet sixteen Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor C-18925 12-in. 12/22/1916 Songs of the past, no. 23 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor C-19852 12-in. 5/15/1917 Medley of old songs Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-27381 10-in. 1/12/1923 There's a mother always waiting you at home, sweet home Lewis James ; Shannon Quartet Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-27952 10-in. 5/11/1923 When you were sweet sixteen Reinald Werrenrath Baritone vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-27952 10-in. 5/26/1926 When you were sweet sixteen Reinald Werrenrath Baritone vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-47076 10-in. 9/21/1928 North-bound train Nelstone's Hawaiians Vocal and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) songwriter  
Victor BVE-48311 10-in. 1/28/1929 The Irish jubilee, part 1 Joseph D. O'Donnell Comic scene, with banjo and piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-48312 10-in. 1/28/1929 The Irish jubilee, part 2 Joseph D. O'Donnell Comic scene, with banjo and piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-55229 10-in. 7/11/1929 When summer comes again Lewis Brothers Violin and guitar duet songwriter  
(Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thornton, James," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107878.

Thornton, James. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107878.

"Thornton, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107878

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