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|
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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