REGARDING GENEALOGY IN MUSIC HISTORY, REFERENCE MATERIAL.
The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). April 1952. 636 pages.
Contents are indices of the members' biographies, members by birthplace, members by birthday, members by residence, and publisher-members.
Here are a few examples of the A-to-Z members' biographies that are in the book, telling about their lives for you:
ABBOTT, Charlie [Chicago]
BREESKIN, Barnee, composer; b. Washington, D.C., Aug. 17, 1910. ASCAP 1950. Of musical parentage. Educ.: Central High School, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. For past twenty-one years orchestra leader at Washington, D.C. Hotel. Songs: "Hail to the Redskins"; "Wedding Cake." Home: Washington, D.C. Address: c/o ASCAP.
BRENNAN, J. Keirn [San Francisco]
BRENNAN, James A. [Boston]
GRAY, Chauncey, composer, pianist, conductor; b. Schenectady, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1904. ASCAP 1942. At fifteen began study of piano. Played in school band, then organized own band. Played in ballrooms, vaudeville circuits, and night clubs. For many years pianist with popular orchestras. Songs: "Bye Bye Blues"; "You're the One I Care For"; "By My Side"; "I'll Never Change"; "No More Rain." Home: 30 Thompson St., Valley Stream, N.Y.
GRAY, Jerry [East Boston, Mass.]
GRAY, Thomas J. [New York]
HEIN, Silvio, composer, conductor; b. New York, March 15, 1879; d. Saranac Lake, N.Y., Dec. 19, 1928. ASCAP 1914 (charter member; director 1914-28; one of nine founders of ASCAP). Of musical parentage, first taught by mother; harmony self-taught. Musical comedies: Molly Moonshine; The Boys and Betty; Judy Forgot; A Matinee Idol; [omitted]. Songs: "Don't Be What You Ain't"; "All Dressed Up and No Place to Go"; "Arab Love Song"; [omitted]. Address: Estate, c/o ASCAP.
HEINDORF, Ray John [Haverstraw, N.Y.]
HELFER, Walter [Lawrence, Mass.]
LA MARRE, Rene T., composer, author; b. Milwaukee, Wis. April 5, 1907. ASCAP 1949. Educ.: Univ. of Utah; violin with private tutors. Musical director six years for record manufacturing company, also talent scout. Songs: "Love Me, Love Me, Love Me"; "Honey, Honey, Honey"; [omitted]. Home: 1069 Rose Ave., Piedmont, Calif.
LAMB, Arthur J. [Somerset, Eng.]
LAMBERT, Edward J. [New York, N.Y.]
ROMA, Caro (Carrie Northey), composer, author, singer, prima donna; b. of pioneer parents, Oakland, Calif., Sept. 10, 1866; d. Oakland, Calif., Sept. 22, 1937. ASCAP 1924. Educ.: Oakland public schools. Advanced studies, New England Cons. of Music; on graduating received medal from citizens of Boston. Child prodigy. At three, first stage appearance. In teens, directed French opera company on tour through Canada; conducted orchestras in West. Prima donna of Castle Opera Co. Boston; to San Francisco to alternate with Alice Nielsen in grand opera company there. In nineties, soloist U.S. Marine Band. Several years abroad in grand opera. Staff member New York publishing houses. Golden Jubilee concert at Trinity Auditorium, Los Angeles, Sept. 29, 1932, made up exclusively of her works. Works: Song-cycle, The Wandering One. Songs: [omitted]. Address: Estate, c/o ASCAP.
ROMBERG, Sigmund [Hungary]
ROME, Harold J. [Hartford, Conn.]
YAMIN, Jaime, composer, author; b. Caguas, Puerto Rico, Dec. 24, 1913, of Lebanese parentage. ASCAP 1947. Educ.: Puerto Rican public schools. Composer from childhood. To U.S. to engage in jewelry trade. Manager of popular music publishing house, New York 1946. Songs: "Despierta"; Boquita"; "Sabroza"; [omitted]. Home: New York, N.Y. Address c/o ASCAP.
YELLEN, Jack [Poland]
YOELL, Larry [San Francisco]
ZIMBALIST, Efrem [Russia]
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