Harry Tierney

Harry Austin Tierney (May 21, 1890 – March 22, 1965) was a successful American composer of musical theatre, best known for long-running hits such as Irene (1919), Broadway's longest-running show of the era (620 performances), Kid Boots (1923) and Rio Rita (1927), one of the first musicals to be turned into a talking picture (and later remade starring Abbott and Costello).

Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, he was most active between about 1910 and 1930, often collaborating with the lyricist Joseph McCarthy. His mother was a pianist, his father a trumpeter, and he himself toured as a concert pianist in his early years. After a brief spell working in London for a music publisher, he returned to the United States in 1916. Over the next couple of decades many of his songs were used in the famous Ziegfeld Follies, and were performed by the premier singers of the day, such as Eddie Cantor, Anna Held and Edith Day.

The year 1919 saw his greatest Broadway hit, the show Irene, which contained perhaps his most well-known song, "Alice Blue Gown", as well as "Castle of Dreams," an adaptation of Chopin's Minute Waltz. This same show was made into a film in 1926, then remade in 1940 with Anna Neagle and Ray Milland, and again for the stage in 1973 with Debbie Reynolds. The original show broke the then record for the longest running show, at 620 performances.

Other shows followed with varying success, in particular, Rio Rita (collaborating with Joseph McCarthy, and one of RKO's first forays in converting a musical to the silver screen), and Kid Boots, Dixiana (1929) and Half Shot at Sunrise (1930) were also made into films. Tierney's successes after this period were sketchy (apart from the film remakes of Irene), but he was elected into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Harry Tierney is interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle, New York.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 21st, 1890 (Perth Amboy), Died March 22nd, 1965 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 190 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-18693 12-in. 11/23/1916 Sometime Raymond Hitchcock Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra composer  
Victor C-18991 12-in. 1/16/1917 How's every little thing in Dixie Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor C-18992 12-in. 1/16/1917 Follow me Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-19108 10-in. 1/22/1917 She's Dixie all the time American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19615 10-in. 4/23/1917 It's time for every boy to be a soldier Charles Hart Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-20159 12-in. 6/25/1917 For you a rose Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor C-20362 12-in. 7/3/1917 She's Dixie all the time Conway's Band Band composer  
Victor B-20460 10-in. 7/30/1917 M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i Frances White Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22093 10-in. 9/6/1918 'N' everything Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-22214 10-in. 8/15/1918 Everything is hunky dory down in honky tonky town Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22489 10-in. 12/27/1918 I found the end of the rainbow Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with celeste, violin, and orchestra composer  
Victor B-23078 10-in. 7/17/1919 My baby's arms John Steel Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor B-23416 10-in. 10/16/1919 My baby's arms Pietro Accordion solo composer  
Victor B-23599 10-in. 1/26/1920 Alice blue gown Edith Day Female vocal solo, with violin obbligato and orchestra composer  
Victor B-23700 10-in. 1/26/1920 Irene Edith Day Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-23860 12-in. 3/19/1920 Irene Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor C-24140 12-in. 5/20/1920 Gems from Irene Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24513 10-in. 10/5/1920 Alice blue gown Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-24654 10-in. 10/21/1920 Where do mosquitos go in the wintertime? Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24819 10-in. 1/25/1921 Why don't you? All Star Trio ; All Star Trio Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor C-24819 12-in. 3/2/1921 Why don't you? All Star Trio ; All Star Trio Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-27153 10-in. 11/15/1922 Journey's end Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-27874 10-in. 5/2/1923 Saw Mill River Road Great White Way Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-28973 10-in. 11/20/1923 Take oh take those lips away Brooke Johns Orchestra ; Brooke Johns ; Jack Shilkret Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor B-29161 10-in. 12/27/1923 Along the old lake trail Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 190 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tierney, Harry," accessed November 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108717.

Tierney, Harry. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108717.

"Tierney, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 November 2020.

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