Robert B. Smith
Robert Bache Smith ( June 4, 1875 – November 6, 1951 ), usually published as Robert B. Smith, was an American librettist and lyricist. His older brother, Harry B. Smith, was also a successful lyricist and a writer and composer.
Born in Chicago, Smith began his career apprenticing with the famed vaudeville duo Weber and Fields. He most notably wrote the lyrics to “Come Down, Ma Evenin' Star” from Weber and Fields' Twirly Whirly (1902; famously sung by Lillian Russell). He went on to write libretti for operettas and lyrics for musicals, including such works as Fantana (1905), The Spring Maid (1910), Sweethearts (1913), and Angel Face (1919). His last work was The Girl in the Spotlight (credited as Richard Bruce) in 1920. He died in New York City at the age of 76.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 4th, 1875, Died November 6th, 1951
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1980||7-in.||2/18/1903||Come down, my evening star||Mina Hickman||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1980||10-in.||2/18/1903||Come down, my evening star||Mina Hickman||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-1929||10-in.||11/14/1904||Come down ma evening star||Manhattan Female Quartet||Female vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||B-1939||10-in.||11/16/1904||The farewell waltz||Corinne Morgan ; Frank C. Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||E-2425||8-in.||3/20/1906||Just my style||Corinne Morgan ; Frank C. Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-2425||10-in.||3/29/1905||Just my style||Corinne Morgan ; Frank C. Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-2865||10-in.||11/3/1905||My word||Ada Jones||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-3191||10-in.||3/20/1906||I was just supposing||Corinne Morgan ; Frank C. Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-9809||10-in.||1/13/1911||Day dreams, visions of bliss||Henry Burr ; Elise Stevenson||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-10004||10-in.||2/24/1911||Two little love bees||Reinald Werrenrath ; Elizabeth Wheeler||Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-10600||12-in.||6/27/1911||Gems from The spring maid||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11069||10-in.||10/10/1911||The melody of love||Lucy Isabelle Marsh||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11128||10-in.||10/23/1911||Day dreams, visions of bliss||Lyric Quartet ; Christie MacDonald||Female vocal solo and mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11129||10-in.||10/23/1911||Two little love bees||Christie MacDonald ; Reinald Werrenrath||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-11750||12-in.||3/20/1912||Weber-Fields winners||Victor Mixed Chorus||Chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11897||10-in.||4/19/1912||A girl like me||Lyric Quartet ; Elizabeth Wheeler||Soprano vocal solo and mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11995||10-in.||5/9/1912||Roses bloom for lovers||Marguerite Dunlap||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12363||10-in.||9/12/1912||Don't turn my picture to the wall||Helen Clark ; Walter Van Brunt||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13177||10-in.||4/22/1913||The cricket on the hearth||Christie MacDonald ; Reinald Werrenrath||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13178||10-in.||4/22/1913||Sweethearts||Christie MacDonald||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13199||10-in.||4/25/1913||Jeannette and her wooden shoes||Marguerite Dunlap||Female vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13200||10-in.||4/25/1913||Sweethearts||Christie MacDonald||Female vocal solo and chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13202||10-in.||4/25/1913||Mother Goose||Christie MacDonald||Female vocal solo, with female vocal trio and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13215||10-in.||4/30/1913||Every lover must meet his fate||Reed Miller||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-13354||12-in.||5/27/1913||Gems from Sweethearts||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Robert B.," accessed April 10, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108690.
Smith, Robert B.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 10, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108690.
"Smith, Robert B.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 10 April 2021.
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