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  
(Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Robert B.," accessed September 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108690.

Smith, Robert B.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108690.

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