Don George

Don R. George (August 27, 1909 – 1987) was an American lyricist of popular music. His songs include "The Yellow Rose of Texas" "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" (1937), "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (1944) and "Everything but You" (1945). George has also written lyrics for film songs.

He was a personal friend and occasional lyricist of jazz composer Duke Ellington, whom he followed closely from 1943 until Ellington's death in 1974. It was with Ellington that he wrote many of hist best-known songs. George wrote a 1981 biography of Ellington titled Sweet Man: The Real Duke Ellington.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1909, Died January 1st, 1987

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-026426 10-in. 2/8/1939 Tropic trade winds Dick McIntyre ; Sol K. Bright’s Hollywaiians Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo (Hawaiian) songwriter  
Victor BS-056308 10-in. 9/23/1940 When the mush begins to rush down Father's vest Shep Fields ; Larry Neill ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-060622 10-in. 2/5/1941 Twilight dance of the flowers Yvette Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-060642 10-in. 2/13/1941 Twilight dance of the flowers Dorothy Allen ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-060653 10-in. 2/17/1941 Ridin' on a rainbow Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-066434 10-in. 6/30/1941 Two pair of shoes Mildred Law ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-073482 10-in. 3/25/1942 Just a moon ago Vera Barton Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor E0VB-3065 10-in. 1/6/1950 A touch of the blues - part 1 Eddie Wilcox Orchestra ; Eddie Wilcox Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor E0VB-3066 10-in. 1/6/1950 A touch of the blues - part 2 Eddie Wilcox Orchestra ; Eddie Wilcox Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "George, Don," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108074.

George, Don. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108074.

"George, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108074

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