George Henry Powell (27 April 1880 – 3 December 1951) was a Welsh songwriter who, under the pseudonym George Asaf, wrote the lyrics of the marching song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag" in 1915. The music was written by his brother Felix Powell, and the song was entered into a World War I competition for "best morale-building song". It won first prize and was noted as "perhaps the most optimistic song ever written". Although Felix Powell was an enthusiastic Staff Sergeant in the British Army, George Powell was a pacifist, and became a conscientious objector when conscription was imposed in 1916.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 27th, 1880 (St Asaph), Died December 3rd, 1951 (Hove)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1918
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-18924||10-in.||12/22/1916||Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile!||Edward Hamilton||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-072023||10-in.||1/12/1942||Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag (and smile, smile, smile)||City Slickers ; Spike Jones||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||47227||10-in.||12/13/1916||Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag (And smile, smile, smile)||James F. Harrison ; Knickerbocker Quartet||Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77409||10-in.||10/4/1917||War song hits||Columbia Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||49303||12-in.||1/25/1918||Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag (and smile, smile, smile)||Columbia Stellar Quartette ; Oscar Seagle||Baritone vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5233||10-in.||12/26/1916||Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile||Helen Clark||Female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Asaf, George," accessed September 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109935.
Asaf, George. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109935.
"Asaf, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 September 2021.
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