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Daniel E. Kelley

Daniel E. Kelley (Rhode Island, February 1843 – Iowa, 1905) was a musician and entertainer, who after moving to Kansas in 1872, wrote the music for "Home on the Range", which became the state song. Kelley played violin with his brothers-in-law in the Harlan Brothers Band, but was primarily a carpenter by trade. He married Mary E. Harlan in Kansas and they had four children. He moved to Iowa in 1889 and committed suicide there in 1905. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1843, Died 1905

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-42213 10-in. 4/24/1928 Home on the range Jules Verne Allen Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) composer  
Victor BVE-55252 10-in. 7/15/1929 Bury me out on the prairie Rodeo Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor BRC-69655 10-in. 5/26/1931 Home on the range John Charles Thomas Baritone vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W365074 10-in. 3/17/1932 Home on the range Frank Luther ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with "novelty accompaniment" composer  
Brunswick E22231-E22232 10-in. 4/2/1927 A home on the range Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and harmonica composer  


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