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.


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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McWilliams, Elsie," accessed June 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111298.

McWilliams, Elsie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111298.

"McWilliams, Elsie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 June 2021.

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


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