Harold Orlob (3 June 1883 – 25 June 1982) was a native of Logan, Utah who became a major composer and lyricist for Broadway theatre productions.
He composed his best-known song "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" in 1909, with lyrics by Will M. Hough and Frank R. Adams, selling the song to Joseph E. Howard. When the song unexpectedly became a hit, Howard presented it as his own work for several years.
Orlob became a prolific composer for Broadway. Among his works were the short run of Corianton: An Aztec Lovestory, a work pushed through by Orestes U. Bean's salesmanship and based on the novel Corianton by B. H. Roberts. His most successful show was Listen Lester, which ran for 272 performances between 1918 and 1919. It included the song "Waiting," recorded by several artists of that era.
In 1939 Orlob produced the film ...One Third of a Nation.... Returning to Broadway musicals, in 1943 he produced Hairpin Harmony which would become a legendary flop, closing after three performances. He continued to write songs as well as a symphonic work, Recreation.
In 1947 "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" was used as the title song of a movie about Joe Howard, leading to renewed popularity for the song. At this time Orlob brought suit to declare himself the composer, eventually reaching an out-of-court settlement with Howard for the two of them to receive joint credit. Orlob did not claim royalties.
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Birth and Death Data: Born June 3, 1883 (Logan), Died 1982 (Salt Lake City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-8327||10-in.||10/28/1909||I wonder who's kissing her now||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-22625||10-in.||3/13/1919||Waiting||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-22660||10-in.||3/28/1919||Waiting||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-23002||12-in.||6/12/1919||Gems from Listen Lester||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-23205||10-in.||8/12/1919||Waiting||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-038319||10-in.||7/10/1939||I wonder who's kissing her now?||Wayne King ; Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||D7VB-0923||10-in.||5/29/1947||I wonder who's kissing her now||Perry Como ; Lloyd Shaffer Orchestra ; Lloyd Shaffer||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||78369||10-in.||3/24/1919||Waiting||Columbia Saxophone Sextette [i.e., Master Saxophone Sextet] ; Rudy Wiedoeft||Saxophone sextet||composer|
|Columbia||78487||10-in.||6/14/1919||Waiting||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||49964||12-in.||5/11/1921||By the waters of Killarney||Prince's Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||510||10-in.||ca. Dec. 1918||Waiting||Joseph A. Phillips||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||511||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1918||I'd love to||Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||8797||10-in.||between November and December 1923||Teach me how||Ernest L. Stevens Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Orlob, Harold," accessed March 22, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116886.
Orlob, Harold. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 22, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116886.
"Orlob, Harold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 22 March 2023.
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LCNAR: Orlob, Harold, 1885-1982 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr2002036457
Wikidata: Harold Orlob - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q16009997
MusicBrainz: Harold Orlob - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/a3c64396-4c3e-4065-8e31-8c2f80aada28
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