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 24, 1896 (Tunapuna), Died 1967
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1948
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter, piano, director
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 55 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||D7VB-0469||10-in.||2/17/1948||Ain't the gravy good||Aristokats||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heywood, Donald," accessed February 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110434.
Heywood, Donald. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110434.
"Heywood, Donald." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 February 2023.
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