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Maxwell Anderson

James Maxwell Anderson (December 15, 1888 – February 28, 1959) was an American playwright, author, poet, journalist, and lyricist.

Anderson faced many challenges in his career, frequently losing jobs for expressing his opinions or supporting controversial figures. Despite this, he found success as a dramatist and wrote a number of hit plays, including "What Price Glory," "Both Your Houses," and "The Bad Seed." Many of his works were adapted for the screen, and he wrote screenplays for other authors' works as well. Anderson was married three times and had a tumultuous personal life, ultimately passing away in 1959 after suffering a stroke. His papers and personal effects can be found in various institutions, with the largest collection housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 15, 1888 (Atlantic), Died February 28, 1959 (Stamford)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D5VB-1045 10-in. 4/5/1945 September song Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D6VB-2646 10-in. 8/12/1946 September song Dardanelle Trio Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
Victor D7VB-0544 10-in. 5/15/1947 September song Delta Rhythm Boys Male vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D7VB-1201 10-in. 6/25/1947 September song Sammy Kaye ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Decca L 8895 12/27/1955 John Barleycorn Bing Crosby lyricist  
Decca L 8896 12/27/1955 When you're in love-1 Bing Crosby lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Anderson, Maxwell," accessed May 30, 2024,

Anderson, Maxwell. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from

"Anderson, Maxwell." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 30 May 2024.

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