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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born August 27, 1909, Died June 27, 1987
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
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|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-071191||10-in.||10/20/1941||Papa Niccolini (The happy cobbler)||Tex Beneke ; Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solos and mixed vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-073482||10-in.||3/25/1942||Just a moon ago||Vera Barton||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-075089||10-in.||6/12/1942||Tapestry in blue||Peggy Mann ; Teddy Powell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|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|
|Victor||D6VB-2168||10-in.||10/1/1946||To me||Tommy Dorsey ; Stuart Foster ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-0171||10-in.||2/25/1947||That's life, I guess||Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance septet||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1417||10-in.||7/22/1947||Sentimental souvenirs||Three Suns||Instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1446||10-in.||7/24/1947||Forsaking all others||Louis Prima Orchestra ; Louis Prima||Female-male vocal duet, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-1637||10-in.||9/22/1947||My flame went out last night||Louis Prima Orchestra ; Louis Prima||Male vocal solo, with vocal group jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-1657||10-in.||9/28/1947||Nina nana (neena nah-na)||Vaughn Monroe ; Moon Maids ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with female vocal quintet and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1762||10-in.||10/22/1947||It's kind of lonesome out tonight||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Your Sunday Serenade Sweetheart||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-2261||10-in.||11/22/1947||Walk a little talk a little||Helen Carroll ; Russ Case Orchestra ; The Satisfiers||Female vocal solo, with vocal group and instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "George, Don," accessed June 8, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108074.
George, Don. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 8, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108074.
"George, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 8 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: Don George
Discogs: Don George
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LCNAR: George, Don, 1909-1987 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nb90073419
Wikidata: Don George - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5292664
MusicBrainz: Don George - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/0e860245-4ae3-423b-9a6f-7dc242502568
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