Robert Loveman

Robert Loveman (April 11, 1864 – July 10, 1923) was an American poet. Born to a Jewish family in Cleveland, Ohio, he was educated at the Dalton Academy in Dalton, Georgia, later attending the University of Alabama where he received his A.M. Loveman lived with Friedman relatives at the Battle Friedman House while attending the University of Alabama. It was during this time he lived there that he wrote his famous "Rain Song" poem, inspired by the gardens surrounding the house. Loveman lived in Dalton for much of his life, and wrote much of his verse there.

Loveman's poem "The Rain Song" (also known as "April Rain") become very well known and was anthologized in many books of verse. It later inspired the Al Jolson song "April Showers." A well-known Southern poet, Loveman's song "Georgia", with music by Lollie Belle Wylie, was the official state song of Georgia before 1979 (when it was replaced by "Georgia on My Mind"). He died in Hot Springs, Arkansas on July 9, 1923. A biographical study by William Stanley Hoole, It's Raining Violets: The Life and Poetry of Robert Loveman, was published in 1981.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 11, 1864, Died July 9, 1923

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-9408 10-in. 9/2/1910 Black eyed Susan George Hamlin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick TC3377 10-in. 4/26/1929 Here are roses for a rose Marcia Schupac Female vocal solo lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Loveman, Robert," accessed October 3, 2023,

Loveman, Robert. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2023, from

"Loveman, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 October 2023.

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