Jack Norworth

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Jack Norworth
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American songwriter, singer and vaudeville performer.
(5 January 1879 - 1 September 1959).

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Norworth is credited as co-writer of a number of Tin Pan Alley hits. He wrote the lyrics of the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (music by Albert Von Tilzer) in 1908, his most long lasting hit. But it wasn't until 1940 that he actually witnessed a Major League Baseball game. His "Shine On, Harvest Moon" was an even bigger hit at the time. There is some disagreement about Norworth's involvement in the latter. Broadway historian John Kenrick credits Edward Madden and Gus Edwards, while the family of Follies songwriter Dave Stamper claims he wrote the song while working as pianist for Nora Bayes, who is the officially credited co-writer with Norworth.

Other popular songs credited to Norworth include "Back to My Old Home Town"; "Come Along, My Mandy"; "Dear Dolly"; "Good Evening, Caroline"; "Holding Hands"; "Honey Boy"; "I'm Glad I'm a Boy/I'm Glad I'm a Girl"; "I'm Glad I'm Married"; "Kitty"; "Meet Me in Apple Blossom Time"; "Over on the Jersey Side"; "Since My Mother Was a Girl"; "Sing an Irish Song" and "Smarty." "Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man" is a sequel to "Shine on, Harvest Moon."

In 1908 he married Nora Bayes, with whom he performed in vaudeville. Following the Ziegfeld Follies (1909), Norworth appeared in a number of Broadway theater productions and was heard on early radio, such as his March 1928 guest appearance on Acousticon Hour.

After Bayes, he was married to actress Louise Dresser. He appeared in early sound films with his third wife, Dorothy Adelphi. He was portrayed by Dennis Morgan in the 1944 musical film Shine On, Harvest Moon (in which Ann Sheridan played Bayes as the love of Norworth's life) and by Ron Husmann in the 1978 Ziegfeld biopic Ziegfeld: The Man & His Women. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jack Norworth died of a heart attack in Laguna Beach, California and is interred at Melrose Abbey Memorial Park in Anaheim, California. On July 11, 2010, a 3-foot-tall (0.91 m) black granite monument, paid for by concerned fans, was installed about 100 feet from Jack's actual headstone.
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Singles & EPs

60014 College Medley — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth College Medley(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 60014 US 1910 Sell This Version
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70038 Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man — Jack Norworth Nora Bayes - Jack Norworth Nora Bayes - Jack Norworth - Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man(Shellac, 12", S/Sided) Victor 70038 US 1911 Sell This Version
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60030 For Months And Months And Months — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth For Months And Months And Months(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 60030 US 1911 Sell This Version
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70019 Rosa Rosetta — Jack Norworth Nora Bayes - Jack Norworth Nora Bayes - Jack Norworth - Rosa Rosetta(Shellac, 12", S/Sided, RP) Victor 70019 US 1914 Sell This Version
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70016 Come Along My Mandy — Jack Norworth Nora BayesJack Norworth Nora BayesJack Norworth - Come Along My Mandy(Shellac, 12", S/Sided, RP) Victor 70016 US 1916 Sell This Version
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9216 People Like Us  / A Sleepy Little Village — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth People Like Us / A Sleepy Little Village Regal (3) 9216 US 1922 Sell This Version
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S 5003 Jack Norworth My Boy / Only A Bit Of Ireland(Shellac, 10") Cleartone Record S 5003 US 1922 Sell This Version
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S 5002 Jack Norworth All On Account Of A Girl / She Belongs To Me(Shellac, 10") Cleartone Record S 5002 US 1922 Sell This Version
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2539 Kitty, The Telephone Girl / Mother's Sitting Knitting Little Mittens — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth Kitty, The Telephone Girl / Mother's Sitting Knitting Little Mittens(Shellac, 10", RP) Columbia 2539 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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Compilations

ARCH 5007 Together And Alone — Jack Norworth Nora Bayes And Jack Norworth Nora Bayes And Jack Norworth - Together And Alone(2xCD, Comp) Archeophone Records ARCH 5007 US 2004 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

29220 I Want To Go Back There Again / The Yanks Are At It Again — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth / Arthur Fields Jack Norworth / Arthur Fields - I Want To Go Back There Again / The Yanks Are At It Again(Pathé Disc, 29cm, 80 RPM) Pathé 29220 US 1918 Sell This Version
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29208 Ten Little Bridesmaids / I Stopped And I Looked And I Listened — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth Ten Little Bridesmaids / I Stopped And I Looked And I Listened(Pathé Disc, 29cm, 80 RPM) Pathé 29208 US 1919 Sell This Version
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29231 Oh! To-Morrow Night / Can You Tame Wild Wimmen? — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth Oh! To-Morrow Night / Can You Tame Wild Wimmen?(Pathé Disc, 29cm, 80 RPM) Pathé 29231 US 1919 Sell This Version
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22335 It's Hard To Settle Down To Civilian Life Once More / Argentines, Portuguese And Greeks — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth It's Hard To Settle Down To Civilian Life Once More / Argentines, Portuguese And Greeks(Pathé Disc, 25cm, 80 RPM) Pathé 22335 US 1920 Sell This Version
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20535 My Old New Jersey Home / Vamping Rose — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth My Old New Jersey Home / Vamping Rose(Pathé Disc, 25cm, 80 RPM) Pathé 20535 US 1921 Sell This Version
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20458 Ten Little Bottles / I'm On Strike — Jack Norworth Jack Norworth Ten Little Bottles / I'm On Strike Pathé 20458 US Unknown Sell This Version