George Asaf

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109935

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