Michael Elder Rourke (14 July 1867 – 26 August 1933), who assumed the pen name Herbert Reynolds in 1913, was an Irish-American lyricist.
Reynolds wrote the lyrics to Jerome Kern's first big hit, "They Didn't Believe Me", interpolated into the 1914 American version of The Girl from Utah, produced by Charles Frohman. The show had a successful run of 140 performances at the Knickerbocker Theatre, opening on August 14, 1914. Frohman had hired the young Kern to write five new songs for the score together with Reynolds to strengthen what he felt was a weak first act. Julia Sanderson and Donald Brian starred in the production.
He shared the lyric writing with P. G. Wodehouse in Miss Springtime (1916), with additional music by Kern.
Reynolds went on to collaborate with Kern and several other lyricists in the Broadway musical Very Good Eddie with a book by Guy Bolton and Philip Bartholomae, and again in Rock-a-Bye Baby (1918).
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1867
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter
Notes: M. E. Rourke changed his name to Herbert Reynolds in 1913.
See Also: Rourke, M. E.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 35 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-15183||12-in.||9/11/1914||Gems from The girl from Utah||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-16055||12-in.||5/27/1915||Gems from Nobody home||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-16462||12-in.||9/8/1915||They didn't believe me||Alice Green ; Harry Macdonough||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-16463||10-in.||9/8/1915||Auf Wiedersehn||Alice Green ; Harry Macdonough||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-17126||12-in.||2/7/1916||Gems from Very good Eddie||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-18531||12-in.||10/5/1916||Gems from Little Miss Springtime||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-19308||12-in.||2/23/1917||Gems from Love o' Mike||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-19520||12-in.||3/27/1917||Auf Wiedersehn!||Julia Culp||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-19541||10-in.||4/2/1917||If I find the girl||Stewart Jackson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-19604||10-in.||4/18/1917||If I find the girl||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-21998||12-in.||6/21/1918||Gems from Rock-a-bye baby||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36352||10-in.||9/24/1926||Half a moon (Is better than no moon)||Johnny Marvin ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-90262||10-in.||6/12/1935||Auf Wiedersehen||Nelson Eddy ; Nat Shilkret Orchestra||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-061960||10-in.||12/8/1941||They didn't believe me||Nan Wynn||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||45962||10-in.||8/23/1915||Auf Wiedersehn||Grace Kerns ; Hardy Williamson||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||46435||10-in.||2/18/1916||On the shore at Le Lei Wi||Grace Kerns ; Reed Miller||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||46649||10-in.||3/18/1916||They didn't believe me||Grace Kerns ; Reed Miller||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||47091||10-in.||10/19/1916||Throw me a rose||Reed Miller||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142558||10-in.||8/23/1926||Half a moon||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142941||10-in.||11/17/1926||Half a moon||The Knickerbockers ; Johnny Marvin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W143279||10-in.||1/10/1927||Half a moon||Astorites ; Tom Martin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||677||10-in.||ca. May 1919||Arabian nights||Shamrock Trio||Vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||80150||10-in.||10/1/1926||Half a moon is better than no moon||Araby Gardens Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E20203-E20204||10-in.||9/18/1926||Half a moon (Is better than no moon)||Ray Perkins||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E20235-E20236||10-in.||9/23/1926||Half a moon (Is better than no moon)||Ray Perkins||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Reynolds, Herbert," accessed October 1, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112132.
Reynolds, Herbert. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 1, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112132.
"Reynolds, Herbert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 1 October 2020.
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