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J. Harold Murray

J. Harold Murray (born Harry Rulten, February 17, 1891 – December 11, 1940) was an American baritone singer and actor. For more than a decade, during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression Thirties, he contributed to the development of musical theater by bridging vaudeville, operetta and the modern American musical. The most popular American songs he introduced on Broadway included "Autumn in New York" (1934, Thumbs Up!, words and music by Vernon Duke); "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" and "Soft Lights and Sweet Music" (1932, Face the Music, Moss Hart and Irving Berlin); "Rio Rita", "The Kinkajou" and "The Rangers Song" (1927, Rio Rita, Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy); and "Mandalay" (1921, The Whirl of New York, (Gustave Kerker, Hugh Morton and Edgar Smith).

Birth and Death Data: Born February 17th, 1891 (South Berwick), Died December 11th, 1940 (Killingworth)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-37833 12-in. 2/21/1927 Gems from Rio Rita Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick LTR290 10-in. 4/24/1930 One day J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick LTR291 10-in. 4/24/1930 Beware of love J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick LAE806 10-in. 5/28/1930 Smile Legionnaire (C’est la guerre) J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick LAE807 10-in. 5/28/1930 Beware of love J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 7919 10-in. 4/15/1921 Just keep a thought for me J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 8132 10-in. 7/14/1921 Stand up and sing for your father an old time tune J. Harold Murray ; Gladys Rice Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 8459 10-in. 5/19/1922 Just keep on smiling J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 8653 10-in. 11/3/1922 When knighthood was in flower J. Harold Murray ; Elizabeth Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 8671 10-in. 11/24/1922 Will she come from the east? (East-north- west or south) J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo and vocal chorus vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 8673 10-in. 11/28/1922 Faded love letters (Of mine) Homestead Trio ; J. Harold Murray Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 8947 10-in. 4/27/1923 You and I Marguerite Farrell ; J. Harold Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 8961 10-in. 5/4/1923 Just for tonight J. Harold Murray ; Betsy Lane Shepherd Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Murray, J. Harold," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109040.

Murray, J. Harold. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109040.

"Murray, J. Harold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109040

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