J. R. Thomas
John Rogers Thomas (26 March 1829/30–5 April 1896) was an American composer, pianist, and singer of Welsh descent.
Thomas was born in Newport, South Wales. A baritone and composer, he first came to America with the Sequin English Opera Company and became interested in the music of America that was developing. He sang and toured with Bryant's Minstrels and settled in New York City.
He wrote more than one hundred popular American songs during the nineteenth century of which his most popular were The Cottage by the Sea (1856), Old Friends and Old Times (1856), Bonny Eloise—The Belle of Mohawk Vale (1858), 'Tis But a Little Faded Flower (1860), When the War Is Over, Mary (1864), Beautiful Isle of the Sea (1865), Croquet (1867), Eilleen Allanna (1873), and Rose of Killarney (1876). Thomas occasionally published material under the pseudonyms Charles Osborne, Arthur Percy and Harry Diamond. In addition to song writing, Thomas composed three larger works; The Picnic (1869), a children's operetta with a libretto by George Cooper; The Lady in the Mask (1870), an operetta with a libretto by George Cooper; and Diamond Cut Diamond (1876), a parlor opera in one act.
In addition to his popular songs, Thomas also composed sacred music, and was also known as a teacher in Brooklyn and in New York City, where he died.
Correction on Thomas' birth date and place; born 1829 in Newport, "South Wales" not Rhode Island as originally stated above.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 26th, 1830 (Newport), Died April 5th, 1896 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||348||7-in.||10/4/1898||Bonnie Eloise fantasie||August P. Stengler||Clarinet solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1060||10-in.||10/25/1901||Must we then meet as strangers?||Jules Levy||Cornet solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1060||7-in.||10/25/1901||Must we then meet as strangers?||Jules Levy||Cornet solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-2025||10-in.||12/8/1904||Bonnie Eloïse||Richard Jose||Counter-tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-9651||10-in.||11/15/1910||Eileen Allanna||Will Oakland||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BB-10206||10-in.||5/3/1911||Beautiful isle of the sea||Frank Coombs||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-10206||12-in.||4/19/1911||Beautiful isle of the sea||Frank Coombs||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-10855||10-in.||8/3/1911||The cottage by the sea||John H. Bieling ; Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-11258||10-in.||11/21/1911||'Tis but a little faded flower||Harry Anthony ; James F. Harrison||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13231||10-in.||5/2/1913||Eilleen Allanna||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-17186||12-in.||2/17/1916||The mother's prayer||Alma Gluck||Soprano vocal solo, with cello and and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-20341||10-in.||7/16/1917||'Tis but a little faded flower||Clarence Whitehill||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-20341||10-in.||3/25/1925||'Tis but a little faded flower||Clarence Whitehill||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-30562||10-in.||8/11/1924||Bonny Eloise (The belle of the Mohawk vale)||Shannon Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34560||10-in.||6/16/1925||Eilleen Allanna||Elizabeth M. O'Connell||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||3402||10-in.||ca. Jan.-May 1906||'Tis but a little faded flower||Mrs. A. Stewart Holt||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||19145||10-in.||12/2/1910||Eileen Alannah||Philip Storm||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||19232||10-in.||2/9/1911||The cottage by the sea||Frank Coombs||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||19361||10-in.||5/11/1911||'Tis but a little faded flower||Mrs. A. Stewart Holt||Female vocal solo, with violin and piano||composer|
|Columbia||38104||10-in.||7/1/1912||Down by the riverside I stray||Frank Coombs||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||38728||10-in.||3/25/1913||Eilleen Allanna||Anthony Meurig Jones||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||46710||10-in.||4/14/1916||Eileen Allanna||Columbia Stellar Quartette||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||composer|
|Columbia||77892||10-in.||6/17/1918||'Tis but a little faded flower||Norman Arnold||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||79074||10-in.||3/25/1920||'Tis but a little faded flower||George Meader||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||79500||10-in.||11/4/1920||Eileen Allanna||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomas, J. R.," accessed April 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116655.
Thomas, J. R.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116655.
"Thomas, J. R.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 April 2021.
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