James A. Brennan

James Alexander Brennan (November 18, 1885 – August 24, 1956) was an American songwriter. Sometimes identified as Jas. H. Brennan, he collaborated with lyricist Jack Caddigan (1879–1952) on several songs published by Leo Feist and Oliver E. Story. One of his more popular songs was "Little Red School House" which he wrote with Al Wilson in 1922. It was originally sung by the American Quartet and also by The Happiness Boys, Billy Jones and Ernest Hare. Brenda Lee sang it twice on TV, once at the age of 10 with Red Foley and later at 16 with Perry Como.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 18th, 1885 (Boston), Died August 24th, 1956 (Middleborough)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 47 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-14813 10-in. 5/11/1914 The rose of the mountain trail Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21591 10-in. 3/21/1918 We're all going calling on the Kaiser William J. "Sailor" Reilly Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22411 10-in. 11/8/1918 The rose of no man's land Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw Male vocal duet, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor B-25527 10-in. 8/22/1921 Down at the old swimming hole American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-26189 10-in. 3/31/1922 Little red school house American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-26743 10-in. 8/30/1922 I'm goin' to plant myself in my old plantation home Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-27355 10-in. 12/28/1922 Down by the old apple tree Billy Murray ; Ed Smalle Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-29047 10-in. 11/30/1923 Oh, boy! What joy we had in barefoot days Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-32293 10-in. 4/3/1925 I don't want to get married (I'm having too much fun) Billy Murray ; Ed Smalle Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-33668 10-in. 1/15/1926 Happy-go-lucky days Duncan Sisters Female vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1918-12-19-03] Not documented 12/19/1918 The rose of no man's land Mrs. Van Sise Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 39498 10-in. 7/17/1914 The rose of the mountain trail Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 77824 10-in. 5/13/1918 We're all going calling on the Kaiser Arthur Fields ; Peerless Quartet Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 78148 10-in. 10/23/1918 The rose of no man's land Hugh Donovan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 80246 10-in. 3/17/1922 Little red schoolhouse Hart Sisters Female vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 80553 10-in. 9/18/1922 I'm goin' to plant myself in my old plantation home Van and Schenck Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 140392 10-in. 2/25/1925 I don't want to get married Clover Gardens Orchestra ; Billy Jones ; William C. Polla Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 36997 12-in. ca. 1914 Rose of the mountain trail Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Columbia 49435 12-in. 5/25/1918 If he can fight like he can love (Goodnight Germany) Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 49568 12-in. 1/4/1919 The rose of no man's land Columbia Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince Orchestra composer  
Columbia W142189 10-in. 5/12/1926 Happy-go-lucky days Ponce Sisters Female vocal duet, with piano composer  
OKeh 454 10-in. ca. Nov. 1918 The rose of no man's land Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
OKeh S-70017 10-in. July 1921 Down at the old swimming hole Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-70188 10-in. Sept. 1921 Down by the old swimming hole Brown and Terry Jazzola Boys Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70634 10-in. Apr. 1922 In the little red school house Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 47 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brennan, James A.," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111717.

Brennan, James A.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111717.

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