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Anita Owen

Esther Anita Owen (1874–1932) was an American songwriter, best known for her 1894 song "Sweet Bunch of Daisies," which sold over one million copies. She published her first song at age 15 or 16, and became one of the most popular female songwriters of her generation, known especially for flower-themed songs. Owen was born in Brazil, Indiana, the daughter of a Welsh immigrant, and attended Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1875 (Brazil), Died October 25th, 1932 (Hospital of Saint Raphael)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-9335 10-in. 7/28/1910 When the daisies bloom Harry Anthony ; Inez Barbour Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15658 10-in. 2/2/1915 Dreamy eyes George MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with bells and orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-24692 10-in. 11/11/1920 Invitation Margaret McKee Whistling solo, with flute and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-39642 10-in. 7/8/1927 Only a rosebud Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 4295 10-in. ca. 1909-Feb. 1910 Daisies won't tell Arthur C. Clough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147310 10-in. 10/26/1928 Daisies won't tell McMichen-Layne String Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9228 10-in. July 1925 Sweet bunch of daisies McMichen's Home Town Band Instrumental ensemble composer  
OKeh 9831 10-in. 10/28/1926 Sweet bunch of daisies Charlie Newman Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  
OKeh W80977 10-in. 6/3/1927 Sweet bunch of daisies Ruth Neal ; Wanda Neal Female vocal duet, with banjo and guitar composer, lyricist  
OKeh W81687 10-in. 10/6/1927 Daisies won't tell Moore Sisters Female vocal duet, with steel guitar and ukulele composer, lyricist  
OKeh W400204 10-in. 2/11/1928 Sweet bunch of daisies Bud Newman ; Charlie Newman Male vocal duet, with 2 fiddles (violins) and 2 guitars composer, lyricist  
OKeh W402024 10-in. 8/1/1928 Daisies won't tell Johnson Brothers' Band from Sand Mountain String band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
OKeh W404123 10-in. 6/9/1930 Sweet bunch of daisies Humphries Brothers Fiddle (violin) and guitar duet composer  
Brunswick 13113-13116 10-in. 5/14/1924 Daisies medley Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman Piano duet composer  
Brunswick E20780-E20782 10-in. 11/20/1926 Invitation waltz Margaret McKee Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E21017-E21018 10-in. 12/22/1926 Invitation waltz Margaret McKee Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E23116-E23117 10-in. 5/13/1927 Sweet bunch of daisies Buckle Busters ; Al Hopkins Male vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble and yodeling composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E23118-E23119 10-in. 5/13/1927 Daisies won’t tell Elbert Bowman ; Buckle Busters ; Al Hopkins Male vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble and yodeling composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E23193-E23194 10-in. 5/16/1927 Daisies won’t tell Buckle Busters ; Al Hopkins Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Edison 3946 10-in. 7/8/1915 Daisies won't tell Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 4051 10-in. 8/19/1915 Daisies won't tell Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 10010 10-in. 1/10/1924 Dream of love Harry Osborne Piano solo composer  
Gramophone 0NA83 10-in. before 12/19/1939 En sjømanns hilsen Willys kvintett ; Zetterstrøm & Kristoffersen Male vocal duet, with instrumental quintet composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Owen, Anita," accessed September 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115031.

Owen, Anita. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115031.

"Owen, Anita." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115031

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