Elsie McWilliams

Elsie McWilliams (nee Williamson, June 1, 1896 - December 30, 1985) was a songwriter who wrote for Jimmie Rodgers. McWilliams, even though she is only officially credited with writing twenty songs, actually wrote or co-wrote 39 songs for Rodgers. McWilliams was his most frequent collaborator. She was the first woman to make a career as a country music songwriter.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 1st, 1896 (Harperville), Died December 30th, 1985

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist

Notes: Surname spelled MacWilliams on some Bluebird labels.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 35 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41739 10-in. 2/14/1928 The sailor's plea Jimmie Rodgers ; The Three Southerners Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and steel guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-45090 10-in. 6/12/1928 My old pal Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-45091 10-in. 6/12/1928 Mississippi moon Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental accompaniment songwriter  
Victor BVE-45094 10-in. 6/12/1928 You and my old guitar Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-45095 10-in. 6/12/1928 Daddy and home Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-45096 10-in. 6/12/1928 My little lady Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-45097 10-in. 6/12/1928 I'm lonely and blue Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-45098 10-in. 6/12/1928 Lullaby yodel Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-45099 10-in. 6/12/1928 Never no mo' blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-47224 10-in. 10/22/1928 I'm lonely and blue Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BVE-55307 10-in. 8/8/1929 Everybody does it in Hawaii Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Victor BVE-55308 10-in. 8/8/1929 Tuck away my lonesome blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Victor BVE-55345 10-in. 8/12/1929 Home call Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (takes 4 and 5) songwriter  
Victor BVE-56454 10-in. 10/22/1929 Yodeling cowboy Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-56455 10-in. 10/22/1929 My rough and rowdy ways Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-56456 10-in. 10/22/1929 I've ranged, I've roamed and I've travelled Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) songwriter  
Victor BVE-56595 10-in. 11/25/1929 Nobody knows but me Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-56607 10-in. 11/26/1929 Anniversary blue yodel Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-56608 10-in. 11/26/1929 She was happy till she met you Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-56619 10-in. 11/28/1929 That's why I'm blue Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-69413 10-in. 6/10/1931 The wonderful city Sara Carter ; Jimmie Rodgers Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars songwriter  
Victor BS-02952 10-in. 10/27/1936 The passing of Jimmie Rodgers Ernest Tubb Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling composer  
Victor BS-02953 10-in. 10/27/1936 The last thoughts of Jimmie Rodgers Ernest Tubb Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling composer  
Victor BS-07474 10-in. 3/2/1937 My rainbow trail keeps winding on Mrs. Jimmie Rodgers Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer  
Victor BS-07476 10-in. 3/2/1937 Since that black cat crossed my path Ernest Tubb Male vocal solo and yodeling, with 2 guitars composer  
(Results 1-25 of 35 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McWilliams, Elsie," accessed June 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111298.

McWilliams, Elsie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111298.

"McWilliams, Elsie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 June 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111298

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