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

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  
Columbia 148402 10-in. 5/2/1929 My old pal Frank Knapp Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar lyricist  
Columbia 148403 10-in. 5/2/1929 Daddy and home Frank Knapp Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar lyricist  
Columbia [W]149689 10-in. 12/5/1929 Lullaby yodel Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling songwriter  
Columbia [W]149694 10-in. 12/6/1929 Daddy and home Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Columbia [W]149752 10-in. 1/13/1930 Everybody does it in Hawaii "Hobo" Jack Turner Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Columbia [W]150065 10-in. 3/5/1930 My rough and rowdy ways Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
OKeh W402291 10-in. 3/13/1929 Lullaby yodel Morgan Denmon Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
OKeh W403145 10-in. 10/16/1929 Lullaby yodel Cotton Butterfield Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
OKeh W403605 10-in. 1/10/1930 Everybody does it in Hawaii Pete Wiggins Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar lyricist  
OKeh W403867 10-in. 3/19/1930 My old home town girl Bill Bruner Male vocal solo, with violin, cornet, and guitar composer, lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McWilliams, Elsie," accessed June 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111298.

McWilliams, Elsie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111298.

"McWilliams, Elsie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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