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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 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 26-50 of 55 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W141928 10-in. 4/7/1926 West Virginia blues George W. Williams Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter  
Columbia W142649 10-in. 9/18/1926 I'm coming, Virginia Ethel Waters Singing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo ("blues singer") and vocal ensemble composer  
Columbia W144101 10-in. 5/6/1927 Smile! Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144133 10-in. 5/11/1927 I'm coming, Virginia Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W144405 10-in. 6/28/1927 Keep an eye on your man Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144406 10-in. 6/28/1927 I want my sweet daddy now Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144407 10-in. 6/28/1927 Clorinda Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 144806 10-in. 9/28/1927 I'm coming, Virginia Original Indiana Five Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W144821 10-in. 10/3/1927 I'm coming, Virginia The Singing Sophomores Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
OKeh S-70572 10-in. Mar. 1922 Honey love Glantz and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71718 10-in. Aug. 1923 I'm satisfied Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh 74083 10-in. Apr. 1926 I'll get even with you Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet songwriter  
OKeh W81083 10-in. 5/13/1927 I'm coming, Virginia Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E35985 10-in. 3/30/1931 Straddle the fence Chocolate Dandies [Mills Blue Rhythm Band] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E36803 10-in. 6/11/1931 Black rhythm Cab Calloway Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E17698-E17701 10-in. 1/27/1926 Charleston ball Six Jumping Jacks Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E23639-E23640 10-in. 6/16/1927 I’m coming, Virginia Lee Sims Piano solo composer  
Brunswick E25288-E25289 10-in. 11/25/1927 I’m coming, Virginia Variety Four Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Brunswick C1861 10-in. 4/3/1928 Smile Bessie Brown Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Brunswick [C1032-C1034c] 10-in. 7/8/1927 I’m coming, Virginia Jules Herbuveaux ; Palmer House Victorians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take [C1032-C1034c]-4) composer  
Brunswick C1077-C1080 10-in. 7/28/1927 I’m coming, Virginia Jules Herbuveaux Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1080) composer  
Brunswick C1288-C1289 10-in. 10/11/1927 I’m coming, Virginia Variety Four Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Brunswick C1685-C1687 10-in. 3/16/1928 Smile Paul Christensen ; Hotel Fort Des Moines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1687) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 165-b] 10-in. Apr. 1928 Smile Fred Elizalde Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Edison 10773 10-in. 1/15/1926 Charleston ball Georgia Melodians Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 26-50 of 55 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heywood, Donald," accessed February 8, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110434.

Heywood, Donald. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 8, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110434.

"Heywood, Donald." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 8 February 2023.

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

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