William Cary Duncan

William Cary Duncan, sometimes given as William Carey Duncan, (6 February 1874, North Brookfield, Massachusetts – 21 November 1945, North Brookfield, Massachusetts) was an American playwright, lyricist, editor, writer, and educator. He is best remembered for authoring the book and/or lyrics to many musicals; fifteen of which were staged on Broadway from 1913 through 1929. He also wrote a biography on Eliza Jumel, The amazing Madame Jumel (published in 1935), and a book on the racehorse Goldsmith Maid; Golden Hoofs The Story of an Amazing Mare (published 1938).

Birth and Death Data: Born 1874, Died November 21, 1945

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-10624 10-in. 6/28/1911 Save up your kisses for a rainy day Henry Burr ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-13415 10-in. 6/11/1913 The mysterious kiss Lucy Isabelle Marsh Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-13539 10-in. 7/8/1913 The mysterious kiss Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-13913 12-in. 10/7/1913 Gems from the purple road Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-43364 10-in. 3/15/1928 Really and truly Lewis James ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W145756 10-in. 3/17/1928 Really and truly Frank Harris ; The Knickerbockers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh 639 10-in. ca. Apr. 1919 Love of mine Marion Evelyn Cox Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick XE19519-XE19521 12-in. 6/10/1926 Toodle-oo Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo and male vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6403 10-in. between 10/7/1918 and 10/10/1918 Can it be love at last Leeta Corder Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6406 10-in. 10/10/1918 For love Rachael Grant ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6656 10-in. 3/7/1919 When the cherry blossoms fall Charles Hart ; Leola Lucey Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Duncan, William Cary," accessed June 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109924.

Duncan, William Cary. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109924.

"Duncan, William Cary." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 June 2024.

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