John Murray

John Murray (October 12, 1906 – June 17, 1984) was an American playwright best known for writing the 1937 play Room Service with Allen Boretz.

Murray was born in New York and attended DeWitt Clinton High School, City College of New York, and Columbia University. His 1937 play, Room Service ran for 500 performances on Broadway and was turned into two films, the first, Room Service, starred the Marx Brothers, the second, Step Lively, starred Frank Sinatra. The play was also adapted for two television productions.

During World War II, Murray served in the United States Army as a captain in the Signal Corp, marrying Joan Loewi in 1941. He return to writing for Broadway after the war, writing songs and sketches for the Ziegfeld Follies and Alive and Kicking. Murray also began writing for the Eddie Cantor radio show and the Phil Baker radio show. Eventually, he turned to writing for television as well.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 11th, 1906 (New York City), Died June 17th, 1984 (Connecticut)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer, vocalist

Notes: Name also appears as J. P., John P., or Jack Murray.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-43361 10-in. 3/14/1928 Was last night the last for you? Walter O'Keefe Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar composer  
Victor BVE-43362 10-in. 3/14/1928 You've got a lot to learn Walter O'Keefe Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar composer  
Victor BVE-51610 10-in. 4/5/1929 Hello sunshine hello Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-53575 10-in. 6/20/1929 I'd fall in love with me (If I were you) Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-56135 10-in. 9/19/1929 When you're counting the stars alone Joseph Rines ; Triadors Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-56736 10-in. 10/2/1929 When you're counting the stars alone Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-57228 10-in. 12/4/1929 When you're counting the stars alone Ted Fiorito Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BVE-57482 10-in. 11/26/1929 Just a haven (Is heaven with you) Kay Kyser Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor 65429 10-in. 3/23/1932 Eis Nova York Almirantes ; Harry Kosarin ; Alda Verona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-69692 10-in. 6/5/1931 Do the New York Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-69693 10-in. 6/5/1931 Here we are in love Frank Luther ; Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BRC-70969 10-in. 12/7/1931 Two loves Frank Munn ; Ted Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BRC-71265 10-in. 1/21/1932 Two loves Georges Metaxa Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-72001 10-in. 3/1/1932 Oh what a thrill Chicago Hot Five Jazz/dance quintet, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-72564 10-in. 5/11/1932 Happy go-lucky you and broken hearted me California Cavaliers ; Buddy Rogers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-73871 10-in. 10/27/1932 The cop on the beat, the man in the moon, and me Frank Luther ; Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-81062 10-in. 1/16/1934 If I love again Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-84108 10-in. 8/17/1934 Have a little dream on me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W144082 10-in. 5/3/1927 You know I love you Max Fisher California Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W148774 10-in. 7/2/1929 (If I were you) I'd fall in love with me The Knickerbockers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W148793 10-in. 7/10/1929 (If I were you) I'd fall in love with me Eddie Walters Male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 148979 10-in. 9/6/1929 When you're counting the stars alone Jim Andrews ; The Georgians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W149005 10-in. 9/13/1929 When you're counting the stars alone Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Columbia W151680 10-in. 7/14/1931 Do the New York Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio and male vocal quartet songwriter  
Columbia W152052 10-in. 12/29/1931 Oh! What a thrill (To hear it from you) Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Murray, John," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110312.

Murray, John. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110312.

"Murray, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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