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 26, 1830 (Newport), Died April 5, 1896 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 26-42 of 42 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 80324 10-in. 4/28/1922 'Tis but a little faded flower Lucy Gates Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 36487 12-in. 11/6/1912 Down by the river side I stray Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 48830 12-in. 6/21/1916 'Tis but a little faded flower Margaret Keyes Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 48903 12-in. 8/30/1916 Eilleen Allanna James Harrod Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W150225 10-in. 4/15/1930 Cottage by the sea Fred Stanley Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Edison 1033 10-in. between 5/17/1912 and 5/21/1912 'Tis but a little faded flower Frederick J. Wheeler ; John Young Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 1540 Not documented 1921 The cottage by the sea Venetian Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 2615 10-in. 12/8/1913 Beautiful isle of the sea Charlotte Kirwan Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 2792 10-in. Jan.-Feb. 1914 Beautiful isle of the sea Vernon Archibald ; Helen Clark Vocal duet (contralto and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 5149 10-in. 11/15/1916 Eileen Alannah John A. Finnegan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6516 10-in. between 12/16/1918 and 12/23/1918 Eileen Alannah Thomas E. Murray Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison 7024 10-in. 11/19/1919 Voice of the mountain land Mario Laurenti Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7106 10-in. 1/9/1920 Voice of the mountain land Arthur Middleton Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8576 10-in. 9/5/1922 'Tis but a little faded flower Venetian Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 8727 10-in. 3/22/1923 'Tis but a little faded flower Venetian Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 10601 10-in. 9/30/1925 Eilleen Allanna James Doherty Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 18182 10-in. 1/21/1928 Eilleen Allanna Walter Scanlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 26-42 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomas, J. R.," accessed December 7, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116655.

Thomas, J. R.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116655.

"Thomas, J. R.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 7 December 2022.

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