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).
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Birth and Death Data: Born 1867, Died 1933
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter
Notes: M. E. Rourke changed his name to Herbert Reynolds in 1913.
See Also: Rourke, M. E.
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Recordings (Results 26-39 of 39 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Brunswick||E20324-E20325||10-in.||10/2/1926||Half a moon (Is better than no moon)||Ray Perkins||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E20850-E20852||10-in.||12/1/1926||Half a moon (Is better than no moon)||Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E30712-E30713||10-in.||8/27/1929||They didn‘t believe me||Five Pennies ; Red Nichols||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Edison||4117||10-in.||9/15/1915||Auf Wiedersehn||Helen Clark ; Reed Miller||Female-male vocal duet and mixed vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4123||10-in.||9/16/1915||They didn't believe me||Gladys Rice ; Walter Van Brunt||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4124||10-in.||9/17/1915||Waltz of the season||George Wilton Ballard ; Frederick J. Wheeler||Vocal duet (tenor and baritone) and vocal ensemble, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4196||10-in.||10/15/1915||Auf wiedersehn||Burton Lenihan ; Gladys Rice||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) and mixed vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5056||10-in.||10/10/1916||A little bid for sympathy||Gladys Rice ; Walter Van Brunt||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5057||10-in.||10/10/1916||In the garden of romance||Gladys Rice ; Frederick J. Wheeler||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||11220||10-in.||9/27/1926||Half a moon (Is better than no moon)||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||songwriter|
|Gramophone||0B1124||10-in.||10/1/1931||They didn't believe me||Ambrose Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and female vocal trio||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Reynolds, Herbert," accessed March 23, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112132.
Reynolds, Herbert. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112132.
"Reynolds, Herbert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 23 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Herbert Reynolds (lyricist)
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LCNAR: Reynolds, Herbert, 1867-1933 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2003039770
Wikidata: Herbert Reynolds (lyricist) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5735372
MusicBrainz: Herbert Reynolds - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/bc3aa5cf-c3a9-46ae-bde9-e3ba9ec58a99
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