George L. Cobb

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
George Linus Cobb
George L. Cobb.jpg
George L. Cobb
Background information
Born (1886-08-31)August 31, 1886
Mexico, New York
Died December 25, 1942(1942-12-25) (aged 56)
Brookline, Massachusetts
Genres Ragtime
Occupation(s) Composer
Notable instruments
Piano
Russian Cobb.jpg

George Linus Cobb (August 31, 1886 – December 25, 1942) composed over 200 pieces of music including ragtimes, marches, and waltzes. Cobb attended the School of Harmony and Composition at Syracuse University in 1905, and his compositions began soon thereafter.[1]

Cobb collaborated with lyricist Jack Yellen on many early songs, and in 1950 Billboard described Cobb as a "roving music teacher" during Yellen's sophomore year in college. They sold their first big hit, All Aboard for Dixieland, for $100 in 1913,[2] but the two had been writing songs as early as 1909, beginning with Moonlight Makes Me Lonesome For A Girl Like You.[3]

Cobb's most famous work is The Russian Rag, a composition based on the opening chord progression of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.3, No.2. The piece was such a hit in 1918 that Cobb wrote The New Russian Rag in 1923 in an attempt to arrange more of the Rachmaninoff prelude for ragtime piano.[1]

By 1917 Cobb began writing a monthly column titled "Just Between You and Me" in The Tuneful Yankee, a ragtime music magazine owned by publisher Walter Jacobs. The magazine also published many of Cobb's musical compositions. Cobb continued writing for the magazine after the name changed to Melody in 1918.[3]

Cobb died of coronary thrombosis on December 25, 1942.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jasen, David A.; Trebor Jay Tichenor (1978). Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History. New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc. p. 174. ISBN 0-486-25922-6. 
  2. ^ Burton, Jack (November 18, 1950), "The Honor Roll of Popular Songwriters No. 78, Milton Ager", The Billboard: 37–38, retrieved July 31, 2014 
  3. ^ a b Tjaden, Ted (June 2006). "The Rags of George L. Cobb". Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Edwards, Bill. "George Linus Cobb". Retrieved July 31, 2014. 

External links[edit]