Harry B. Smith

Real Name:
Harry Bache Smith
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American writer, lyricist (librettist) and composer (December 28, 1860, Buffalo, NY – January 1, 1936).

The most prolific of all American stage writers, said to have written over 300 librettos and more than 6000 lyrics. Some of his best-known works were librettos for the composer Victor Herbert. He also wrote the book or lyrics for several versions of the Ziegfeld Follies. In addition, Smith played a crucial role in adapting and popularizing foreign musicals in America, enabling a significant influence of writing and composing styles on American shows. He worked with most of the major composers in American between 1880 and 1920

His stage scores include those for The Begum, Don Quixote, Robin Hood, The Algerian, Rob Roy, The Wizard of the Nile, The Serenade, The Highwayman, The Fortune Teller, Ziegfeld Follies (1907, 1908, 1909, 1910 and 1912), Little Nemo and many more.

He wrote i.a. "The Sheik Of Araby".

Charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); on the board of directors, 1914-1917. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
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3181 Harry B. Smith - Finale 2nd Act Of The Fortune Teller album art Unknown Artist Finale 2nd Act Of The Fortune Teller Unknown Artist - Finale 2nd Act Of The Fortune Teller(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, 70 ) E. Berliner's Gramophone 3181 US 1899 Sell This Version
9683 Harry B. Smith - Kiss, Kiss, Kiss album art Ada Jones And Billy Murray Ada Jones And Billy Murray - Kiss, Kiss, Kiss(Cyl, 2min) Edison Gold Moulded Records 9683 US 1907 Sell This Version
31833 Harry B. Smith - Gems From "The Spring Maid"  album art Victor Light Opera Company Gems From and 2 more… Victor Light Opera Company - Gems From "The Spring Maid" Victor 31833 USA & Canada 1911 Sell This Version
31830 Harry B. Smith - Gems From "The Fortune Teller" album art Victor Light Opera Company Gems From and 2 more… Victor Light Opera Company - Gems From "The Fortune Teller"(Shellac, 12", S/Sided) Victor 31830 USA & Canada 1911 Sell This Version
60066 Harry B. Smith - To The Land Of My Own Romance (I Have A Dream, By Night, By Day) album art Lucy Isabelle Marsh To The Land Of My Own Romance (I Have A Dream, By Night, By Day) (as Smith) Lucy Isabelle Marsh - To The Land Of My Own Romance (I Have A Dream, By Night, By Day)(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 60066 US 1912 Sell This Version
17268 Harry B. Smith - Till The Sands Of The Desert Grow Cold / Armourer's Song From "Robin Hood" album art Wilfred Glenn accompanied by Victor Orchestra* Armourer's Song From and 2 more… Wilfred Glenn accompanied by Victor Orchestra* - Till The Sands Of The Desert Grow Cold / Armourer's Song From "Robin Hood" Victor 17268 Canada 1913 Sell This Version
31885 Harry B. Smith - Gems From "Sweethearts" album art Victor Light Opera Company Victor Light Opera Company - Gems From "Sweethearts"(Shellac, 12", S/Sided) Victor 31885 US 1913 Sell This Version
70099 Harry B. Smith - The Angelus album art Christie Macdonald The Angelus (as Smith) Christie Macdonald - The Angelus(Shellac, 12", S/Sided) Victor 70099 US 1913 Sell This Version
35332 Harry B. Smith - Gems From "The Doll Girl" / Gems From "Miss Caprice" (Lieber Augustin) album art Victor Light Opera Company Gems From and 2 more… Victor Light Opera Company - Gems From "The Doll Girl" / Gems From "Miss Caprice" (Lieber Augustin)(Shellac, 12") Victor 35332 US 1914 Sell This Version
35379 Harry B. Smith - Gems From "The Laughing Husband" / Gems From "The Midnight Girl" album art Victor Light Opera Company Gems From and 2 more… Victor Light Opera Company - Gems From "The Laughing Husband" / Gems From "The Midnight Girl"(Shellac, 12") Victor 35379 US 1914 Sell This Version
7159 Harry B. Smith - I Never Knew / Gypsy Love Song album art William Sloane / Franklin Careau Gypsy Love Song (as Smith) William Sloane / Franklin Careau - I Never Knew / Gypsy Love Song(Shellac, 7") Emerson Records (2) 7159 US 1916 Sell This Version
35529 Harry B. Smith - Gems From "Sybil" / Gems From "Very Good Eddie" album art Victor Light Opera Company Victor Light Opera Company - Gems From "Sybil" / Gems From "Very Good Eddie"(Shellac, 12") Victor 35529 US 1916 Sell This Version
18270 Harry B. Smith - I Wonder Why / Nesting Time In Flatbush album art Marion Harris - Billy Murray / Ada Jones - Billy Murray I Wonder Why Marion Harris - Billy Murray / Ada Jones - Billy Murray - I Wonder Why / Nesting Time In Flatbush(Shellac, 10") Victor 18270 US 1917 Sell This Version
64897 Harry B. Smith - Gypsy Love Song album art Reinald Werrenrath Gypsy Love Song Reinald Werrenrath - Gypsy Love Song(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victrola 64897 US 1920 Sell This Version
C-40 Harry B. Smith - My Mammy / Bright Eyes album art Ernest Hare / Arthur Hall (2) Bright Eyes (as Smith) Ernest Hare / Arthur Hall (2) - My Mammy / Bright Eyes(Shellac, 10") Cleartone Record C-40 US 1920 Sell This Version
35413 Harry B. Smith - Gems From Robin Hood album art Victor Light Opera Company Victor Light Opera Company - Gems From Robin Hood(Shellac, 12") Victor 35413 US 1921 Sell This Version
G 7655 Harry B. Smith - Bright Eyes / Silver Star album art Thomas Jackson (5) Bright Eyes (as Smith) Thomas Jackson (5) - Bright Eyes / Silver Star(Shellac, 10") Regal G 7655 UK 1921 Sell This Version
9140 John Rogers (22) / William Sloane I Wonder If You Still Care For Me (as Smith) John Rogers (22) / William Sloane - Say It With Music / I Wonder If You Still Care For Me(Shellac, 10") Regal (3) 9140 US 1921 Sell This Version
14242 Harry B. Smith - I Want You Morning, Noon And Night / My Sunny Tennessee album art Yerkes' S. S. Flotilla Orchestra I Wonder If You Still Care For Me (as Smith) Yerkes' S. S. Flotilla Orchestra - I Want You Morning, Noon And Night / My Sunny Tennessee(Shellac, 10", Bur) Vocalion (2) 14242 USA & Canada 1921 Sell This Version
18964 Harry B. Smith - To-morrow / You Gave Me Your Heart album art The Great White Way Orchestra You Gave Me Your Heart (So I Gave You Mine) The Great White Way Orchestra - To-morrow / You Gave Me Your Heart Victor 18964 US 1922 Sell This Version
14275 Harry B. Smith - The Sheik Of Araby / Georgia Rose album art The Californian Ramblers* The Sheik Of Araby (as Smith) The Californian Ramblers* - The Sheik Of Araby / Georgia Rose Vocalion (2) 14275 USA & Canada 1922 Sell This Version
2355 Harry B. Smith - China Boy / One Night In June album art Arnold Johnson And His Orchestra One Night In June (as Smith) Arnold Johnson And His Orchestra - China Boy / One Night In June(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2355 US 1922 Sell This Version
2249 Harry B. Smith - Lola Lo / Angel Child album art Selvin's Orchestra Lola Lo (as Smith) Selvin's Orchestra - Lola Lo / Angel Child(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2249 US 1922 Sell This Version
281 Harry B. Smith - Carolina In The Morning / Tickle Me album art Arthur Lange's Orchestra* Tickle Me Arthur Lange's Orchestra* - Carolina In The Morning / Tickle Me(Shellac, 10") Cameo (3) 281 US 1922 Sell This Version
A3512 Harry B. Smith - How Many Times / Leave Me With A Smile album art The Happy Six I Wonder If You Still Care For Me The Happy Six - How Many Times / Leave Me With A Smile(Shellac, 10") Columbia A3512 US 1922 Sell This Version