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Donald Heywood

Donald Heywood (24 October 1896 – 13 January 1967) was a Trinidadian-born American songwriter, composer, writer and director. He is best remembered for composing "I'm Coming Virginia" in 1926, which became a hit for Ethel Waters. He became a prominent figure in black musical theater, and produced scores for films such as Moon Over Harlem (1939) and Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941).

Birth and Death Data: Born October 24th, 1896 (Tunapuna), Died 1967

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter, piano, director

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 54 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-28517 10-in. 8/29/1923 I want my sweet daddy now Rosa Henderson Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-34385 10-in. 2/2/1926 Charleston ball Charles Dornberger Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-36960 10-in. 11/23/1926 Pail in my hand Edna Winston Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-38135 10-in. 3/3/1927 I'm coming, Virginia Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus composer  
Victor BVE-38894 10-in. 6/9/1927 Touch me all about, but don't touch me dey Marsa Langman [i.e., Sam Manning] Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet director  
Victor BVE-38895 10-in. 6/9/1927 Mister Joseph, strut your stuff Marsa Langman [i.e., Sam Manning] Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BVE-38896 10-in. 6/9/1927 Il me désait Donald Heywood's West Indian Band Instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano, director  
Victor BVE-38897 10-in. 6/9/1927 Baille mono Donald Heywood's West Indian Band Instrumental trio director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-39226 10-in. 6/7/1927 I'm coming Virginia Eddie Peabody Banjo solo, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-41294 10-in. 1/4/1928 Smile Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Victor BVE-41708 10-in. 12/27/1927 Mango Lane Dan Michaels ; Hilda Perleno Female-male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-41709 10-in. 12/27/1927 Mongoose hop Dan Michaels Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-41710 10-in. 12/27/1927 Susanne Dan Michaels ; Hilda Perleno Female-male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-63372 10-in. 10/6/1930 I'll get even with you Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BVE-63646 10-in. 9/11/1930 The penalty of love Mileage Makers ; Bubber Miley ; Edith Wilson Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-64349 10-in. 10/17/1930 The penalty of love Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Elmer Feldkamp Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-028137 10-in. 10/20/1938 Blue grass Peg LaCentra ; Jerry Sears Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-032965 10-in. 3/12/1939 I'm coming Virginia Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061632 10-in. 9/11/1941 I'm coming, Virginia Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Ford Leary Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-067791 10-in. 9/13/1941 I'm coming, Virginia Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet composer  
Victor [Trial 1928-05-10-01] 10-in. 5/10/1928 I'm coming, Virginia Bee Palmer Female vocal solo composer  
Columbia 81183 10-in. 8/31/1923 I want my sweet daddy now Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W140945 10-in. 9/16/1925 I'm tired of bein' good Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Columbia W141256 10-in. 11/10/1925 Charleston ball Cotton Club Orchestra (Andy Preer) Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W141928 10-in. 4/7/1926 West Virginia blues George W. Williams Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter  
(Results 1-25 of 54 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heywood, Donald," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110434.

Heywood, Donald. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110434.

"Heywood, Donald." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110434

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