J. Will Callahan
J. Will Callahan (March 17, 1874 – November 15, 1946) was an American lyricist. He was also partially blind.
He wrote lyrics for songs including Gasoline (1913), Smiles (used in The Passing Show of 1918), and more notoriously to modern ears, the 1917 song Ching Chong.
Smiles, for which he is best known, became a hit and earned Callahan and composer Lee S. Roberts about $500,000. Callahan's primary collaborator was Max Kortlander.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1874, Died 1946
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 65 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-15019||10-in.||6/29/1914||You planted a rose in the garden of love||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15198||10-in.||9/18/1914||Diane of the green van||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15212||10-in.||9/23/1914||Wild flowers we gathered long ago||Elsie Baker ; Frederick J. Wheeler||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21881||10-in.||6/3/1918||Smiles||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22215||10-in.||8/16/1918||Smiles||Maria Morrisey ; Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet and female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22228||10-in.||9/9/1918||Smiles||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22255||10-in.||9/24/1918||Smiles||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22263||10-in.||9/27/1918||A little birch canoe and you||Olive Kline||Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra (takes 3-5); with mixed vocal quartet (takes 1-2)||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22367||10-in.||1/30/1919||Mammy's lullaby||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Orchestra, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22599||10-in.||2/25/1919||After all||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22689||10-in.||4/15/1919||When I come home to you||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22904||10-in.||6/5/1919||Tell me||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23160||10-in.||9/17/1919||Tell me||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with violin obbligato and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-24359||10-in.||7/29/1920||Drowsy baby||Elsie Baker ; Olive Kline||Female vocal duet, with violin, bells, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-24360||10-in.||7/29/1920||In the afterglow||Elsie Baker||Female vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30984||10-in.||10/9/1924||Give me one rose to remember||Reinald Werrenrath||Baritone vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-47053||10-in.||9/18/1928||Smiles||Jimmy Yates’ Boll Weevils||String band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-48181||10-in.||11/19/1928||The gateway of dreams||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54853||10-in.||6/19/1930||Smiles||Boyd Senter ; Senterpedes ; Ray Stillwell||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-09633||10-in.||8/2/1937||Smiles||Benny Goodman Quartet||Jazz/dance quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-022932||10-in.||4/28/1938||The grass is just as green||Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-028616||10-in.||10/25/1938||Smiles||Oklahoma Playboys ; Jimmie Revard||String band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-063721||10-in.||4/7/1941||Smiles||Larry Clinton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||39356||10-in.||5/8/1914||You planted a rose in the garden of love||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||39505||10-in.||7/27/1914||Diane of the green van||Nora Watson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Callahan, J. Will," accessed May 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109488.
Callahan, J. Will. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109488.
"Callahan, J. Will." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 May 2021.
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