J. Keirn Brennan

J. Keirn Brennan (November 24, 1873 – February 4, 1948) was an American songwriter. He joined ASCAP as a charter member in 1914 and collaborated with many notable songwriters. He is probably best known for co-writing the 1929 film The Show of Shows.

Born in San Francisco, California, his musical collaborators included Harry Akst, Ernest Ball, Walter Donaldson, Rudolf Friml, Karl Hajos, Billy Hill, Werner Janssen, Chauncey Olcott, and Maurice Rubens. His song compositions include Sure a Little Bit of Heaven (1914), Dear Little Boy of Mine, Goodbye, Good Luck, God Bless You, Empty Saddles, Turn Back the Universe, When My Boy Comes Home, A Little Bit of Love, My Bird of Paradise, I'll Follow the Trail, You Hold My Heart, Let the Rest of the World Go By and Ireland Is Ireland to Me.

He died in Hollywood, California.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 24th, 1873 (San Francisco), Died Hollywood

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 170 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-15537 10-in. 12/21/1914 A little bit of heaven George MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-15756 10-in. 3/3/1915 In the garden of the gods Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-15861 10-in. 4/6/1915 A little bit of heaven Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16025 10-in. 5/14/1915 A breath o' bloomin' heather, from my little Highland hame George MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16026 10-in. 5/14/1915 To the lass we love, a toast! George MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16306 10-in. 8/3/1915 You're the best little mother that God ever made George MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16307 10-in. 8/3/1915 I would find you dear George MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16550 10-in. 9/29/1915 If it takes a thousand years James F. Harrison ; James Reed Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16764 10-in. 11/10/1915 A little bit of heaven John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16768 10-in. 11/12/1915 You'll be there! Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-17147 10-in. 2/11/1916 Goodbye, good luck, God bless you (Is all that I can say) Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with bells and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-17227 10-in. 2/28/1916 My wonderful love for thee Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with mandolin and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-17534 10-in. 4/21/1916 Our hearts go out to you, Canada (Hats off to you) Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-17761 10-in. 6/1/1916 For Dixie and Uncle Sam Nora Bayes Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18149 10-in. 7/25/1916 Turn back the universe and give me yesterday Harry Macdonough ; Orpheus Quartet Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18710 10-in. 11/15/1916 I'm coming back to California Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-19888 10-in. 5/24/1917 Suki San Louis J. Winsch Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20084 10-in. 6/22/1917 Somewhere in Ireland Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20308 10-in. 6/29/1917 You brought Ireland right over to me Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with cornet and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20833 10-in. 10/3/1917 I'm only dreaming of you Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22114 10-in. 7/2/1918 Goodbye, Mother Machree Harry Macdonough ; Shannon Four Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22190 10-in. 8/1/1918 Dear little boy of mine Marguerite Dunlap Female vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22439 10-in. 11/29/1918 Have a smile for everyone you meet, and they will have a smile for you Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with violin obbligato and orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-22473 10-in. 12/2/1926 Dear little boy of mine Elsie Baker Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22473 10-in. 12/18/1918 Dear little boy of mine Elsie Baker Contralto vocal solo, with violin, celeste, and orchestra lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 170 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brennan, J. Keirn," accessed August 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109106.

Brennan, J. Keirn. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109106.

"Brennan, J. Keirn." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 August 2020.

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