Maurice Abrahams

Maurice Abrahams (March 18, 1883 – April 13, 1931) was an American songwriter and music publisher, who was successful in the early years of the 20th century.

Abrahams was born in Odessa, Russia, and emigrated to the US as a child in 1892, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1910. He became a songwriter, writing popular ragtime songs in Tin Pan Alley in New York City. Successful songs co-written by Abrahams included "Hitchy-Koo" (1912, written with L. Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir); "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" (1912, written with Muir and Grant Clarke); and "He'd Have to Get Under — Get Out and Get Under (to Fix Up His Automobile)" (1913, written with Clarke and Edgar Leslie). His biggest success, "Ragtime Cowboy Joe", was a pop hit for Bob Roberts (1912), Pinky Tomlin (1939), Eddy Howard (1947), Jo Stafford (1949), and David Seville and the Chipmunks (1959). Some of his songs were written for his wife, the vaudeville performer Belle Baker, whom he married in 1919.

Abrahams became manager of several music publishing firms, before starting his own publishing business in 1923. He died in New York in 1931, aged 48.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 18th, 1883 (Odessa), Died April 13th, 1931 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, piano, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 101 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11906 10-in. 4/23/1912 Ragtime cowboy Joe Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12512 10-in. 10/14/1912 Hitchy koo American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12789 10-in. 1/10/1913 Let's go to Savannah, Ga. Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-13418 10-in. 6/11/1913 Oh you million dollar doll William J. Halley Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-13419 10-in. 6/11/1913 The Pullman porters on parade William J. Halley Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-13937 10-in. 10/9/1913 Pullman porters on parade Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-14076 10-in. 11/14/1913 He'd have to get under, get out and get under Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-14106 10-in. 11/21/1913 At that bully wooly Wild West show Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-14130 12-in. 12/2/1913 He'd have to get under, get out and get under Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-14391 10-in. 1/28/1914 On the steps of the great white Capitol (Stood Martha and George) Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-14639 10-in. 3/27/1914 He's have to get under, get out and get under medley Pietro Deiro Accordion solo, with drums composer  
Victor B-14781 10-in. 4/30/1914 The 20th century rag Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-14837 10-in. 5/18/1914 All he does is follow them around William J. Halley Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15035 10-in. 7/2/1914 He'd push it along Elizabeth Murray Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15073 10-in. 7/17/1914 I can't believe you really love me (It's like a wonderful dream) Billy Watkins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15139 10-in. 8/21/1914 They start the Victrola and go dancing around the floor Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15276 10-in. 10/16/1914 Metropolitan hits Pietro Deiro Accordion solo composer  
Victor B-15444 10-in. 11/30/1914 When the grown-up ladies act like babies (I've got to love 'em that's all) Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15461 10-in. 12/4/1914 Ruff Johnson's harmony band William J. Halley Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-15482 10-in. 12/12/1914 Tip-top Pietro Deiro Accordion solo composer  
Victor B-16892 10-in. 12/10/1915 Is there still room for me 'neath the old apple tree? Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-17550 12-in. 4/28/1916 Are you prepared for the summer Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-19144 10-in. 1/30/1917 Ruff Johnson's harmony band Gene Greene Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22208 10-in. 8/12/1918 I always think I'm up in heaven (When I'm down in Dixieland) Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-25325 10-in. 5/31/1921 You made me forget how to cry Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 101 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Abrahams, Maurice," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111370.

Abrahams, Maurice. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111370.

"Abrahams, Maurice." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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