James R. Murray

James Ramsey Murray (1841 - 1905) was an American composer and author including of songbooks. His work includes hymns and Christmas music and was published by Root & Cady as well as S. Brainard Sons. His work includes a popular arrangement of "Away in a Manger". He helped write "Daisy Deane" in an American Civil War camp.

Murray helped produce the singing lesson book The Pacific Glee Book with Frederic Woodman Root. A portrait of him by Jacob Henry Hall is in the Library of Congress.

Murray died on 10 March 1905 in Cin­cin­na­ti of Addison's disease and he was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery

Birth and Death Data: Born March 7th, 1841, Died March 10th, 1905

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 39618 10-in. 11/23/1914 Softly floating on the air Columbia Mixed Quartette Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Murray, James R.," accessed December 4, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116482.

Murray, James R.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116482.

"Murray, James R.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 4 December 2020.

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