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 25, 1932 (Hospital of Saint Raphael)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
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|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|
|Columbia||6631||12-in.||approximately 1915||Invitation||Anita Owen ; Elsa Stralia||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Owen, Anita," accessed July 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115031.
Owen, Anita. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115031.
"Owen, Anita." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 July 2022.
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