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 11, 1906 (New York City), Died June 17, 1984 (Connecticut)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer, vocalist
Notes: Name also appears as J. P., John P., or Jack Murray.
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 39 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|
|Victor||D7VB-1702||10-in.||10/7/1947||Two loves have I||Perry Como||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||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 [Paul Specht Orchestra]||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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Murray, John," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110312.
Murray, John. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110312.
"Murray, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.
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