Samuel Yakovlevich Pokrass (Самуил Яковлевич Покрасс) (1894 in Kiev – June 15, 1939 in New York City) was a Soviet composer of Russian and Jewish origin. In 1920, during the Russian Civil War, he and the poet P. Grigoryev wrote fighting songs for the Red Army, including "White Army, Black Baron." That song's melody was used for the song Die Arbeiter von Wien ("The Workers of Vienna") in Red Vienna.
Pokrass later emigrated to the United States, where he worked as a composer in Hollywood from 1934 to 1939, and was known primarily for the musical film The Three Musketeers.
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-81759||10-in.||2/28/1934||I'm lookin' forward to goin' back home||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-81942||10-in.||3/16/1934||I'm lookin' forward to goin' back home||Al Mitchell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-86241||10-in.||11/23/1934||Home ties||Al Mitchell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-017060||10-in.||11/17/1937||My heaven on earth||Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-021026||10-in.||2/24/1938||A Gypsy told me||Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-023487||10-in.||6/10/1938||My best wishes||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-023528||10-in.||6/3/1938||My best wishes||Carol Bruce ; Larry Clinton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-027286||10-in.||10/12/1938||All mixed up||Dionne Quintuplets ; Louise Florea||Soprano vocal solo, with piano and dubbed recording||composer|
|Victor||D7FB-2739||10-in.||12/22/1947||Shto mue goré||Jack Scholl Orchestra ; Marina Koshetz||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||XVE-01826||10-in.||5/14/1928||Dni za dni͡ami kati͡atsi͡a (Дни за днями катятся)||M. A. Sadovskaya||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||E32068||10-in.||3/7/1930||Tam bubna zvon||Georgy Istomin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E24032-E24033||10-in.||7/19/1927||Vsio shto billo||Munia Sereboff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Gramophone||0B642||10-in.||before 3/12/1931||Why are you sorry?||Pola Negri||Female vocal solo, with guitar and mixed vocal ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pokrass, Samuel," accessed December 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108763.
Pokrass, Samuel. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108763.
"Pokrass, Samuel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 December 2023.
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