Howard Marsh


Howard Marsh (1888 - 1969) was a leading Broadway tenor of the 1920s. He created the role of Baron Franz Schober (not Franz Schubert) in Sigmund Romberg's operetta drawn from Schubert's life and music, Blossom Time, in 1921, and that of Prince Karl Franz in the original 1924 production of Sigmund Romberg's operetta The Student Prince. Marsh also played Gaylord Ravenal in the original 1927 Broadway production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat. He played Ravenal only in the original production of Show Boat, not in any of the revivals, and never appeared in films or on television. Despite appearing in three musical theatre smash hits over a span of seven years, Marsh made his last appearance in a new show in 1930, The Well of Romance, opposite his Show Boat co-star, Norma Terris. After that, he appeared in major roles on Broadway in 1930's revivals of some Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He made no recordings of the songs that he sang either in The Student Prince or Show Boat, but he did record some of those Gilbert and Sullivan selections. None of his recordings has appeared on CD as yet. Marsh was born August 16, 1888 in Bluffton, Indiana.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1888 (Bluffton), Died 1969 (Monmouth Medical Center)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor LBRC-71212 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 1/5/1932 Gems from The Mikado Civic Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBRC-71213 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 1/5/1932 Gems from The Mikado Civic Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBRC-71214 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 1/5/1932 Gems from The Mikado Civic Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBRC-71215 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 1/5/1932 Gems from The Mikado Civic Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBRC-71886 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/23/1932 Gems from Pirates of Penzance Civic Light Opera Company ; Louis Kroll Vocal soloists and chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBRC-71887 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/23/1932 Gems from Pirates of Penzance Civic Light Opera Company ; Louis Kroll Vocal soloists and chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBRC-71888 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/23/1932 Gems from Pirates of Penzance Civic Light Opera Company ; Louis Kroll Vocal soloists and chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBRC-71889 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 2/23/1932 Gems from Pirates of Penzance Civic Light Opera Company ; Louis Kroll Vocal soloists and chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1920-10-04-01] Not documented 10/4/1920 I'm a lonesome little raindrop Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79524 10-in. 11/17/1920 Just we two Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79535 10-in. 11/24/1920 Rose of Athlone Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79579 10-in. 12/20/1920 The wearin' of the green Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79580 10-in. 12/20/1920 When it's moonlight in Mayo Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79581 10-in. 12/20/1920 The low-back'd car Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79595 10-in. 12/22/1920 Caresses Frank Crumit ; Howard Marsh Male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79603 10-in. 12/23/1920 The foggy dew Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79625 10-in. 1/4/1921 Molly Brannigan Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79626 10-in. 1/4/1921 The ould plaid shawl Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79639 10-in. 1/17/1921 Don't you remember the time? Howard Marsh ; Grant Stephens [i.e., George Meader] Male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79640 10-in. 1/17/1921 Caresses Howard Marsh ; George Meader Male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 79645 10-in. 1/18/1921 Angels Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 80043 10-in. 10/21/1921 I'd rather have loved you and lost you (than never have loved you at all) Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 80066 10-in. 11/14/1921 Just a little love song Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 80141 10-in. 1/17/1922 Killarney Colleen Howard Marsh Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marsh, Howard," accessed June 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116288.

Marsh, Howard. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116288.

"Marsh, Howard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 June 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116288

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