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|Born||December 21, 1875|
|Died||May 3, 1947(aged 71)|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, Singer, Comedian|
|Labels||Regal Records, Columbia|
|Associated acts||Billy Murray|
For various record labels, he recorded 78rpm discs of parodies like "Cohen on the Telephone" and "Cohen Phones to His Friend Levy". Joe Hayman first recorded the monologue "Cohen on the Telephone" in London in July 1913 for Regal Records and released in the U.S. by Columbia Records.
Lee De Forest recorded Silver doing "Cohen on the Telephone" for the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process. The film premiered as Monroe Silver, Famed Monologist with 17 other Phonofilm short films at the Rivoli Theater in New York City on 15 April 1923. This film is now in the Maurice Zouary collection at the Library of Congress. From 1925 to 1935, Silver appeared on The Goodrich Silvertown Orchestra radio show.
With Silver's Jewish/Yiddish accent, words like "What are you doing?" came out as "Vot arrr you doink?" Some performers like Barney Bernard and Louis Mann tried to imitate him in the early 1920s, while Silver himself adapted the monologues of British vaudevillian Joe Hayman and others.
Silver made many recordings with Billy Murray, as an Irish and Jewish dialect combo "Casey and Cohen". Their last recording together was on February 11, 1943 for Beacon Records.
A caricature of Silver appears in the Talkartoon Swing You Sinners! (1930), produced by Fleischer Studios. Shown as a ghost with a bowler hat jammed on the back of his head, and splayed out hands (both stereotypes of Jewishness in the period) he shrugs at a chicken thief and says, in a Yiddish accent, "You needed it", then disappears with a what-can-you-do look on his face.
- "FAU Judaica Sound Archives - 78-rpm List (Jewish Music)". Faujsa.fau.edu. 1913-07-05. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
- IMDB entry
- SilentEra entry
- "The No. 1 Record of September 1914" at FreemanBlog
- Corenthal, Michael G., Cohen on the Telephone: Jewish Humor and Dialect (Yesterday's Memories, 1984)
- Silver, Monroe, Monroe Silver's Famous "Cohen on the Telephone" and Over One Hundred Original Jokes, Stories, Etc. (New York: Irving Berlin, 1927)
- Whitburn, Joel, Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of American Popular Music (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc., 1986)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Monroe Silver.|
- Monroe Silver on IMDb
- Cohen on the Telephone at SilentEra with picture of Silver from the film
- Billy Murray and Monroe Silver recordings at Internet Archive
- Billy Murray and Monroe Silver "Oh, How We Love Our Alma Mater" (1927) at Internet Archive
- List of Victor recordings of Silver at UC Santa Barbara archive
- List of Victor recordings with Silver as speaker
- Monroe Silver recordings at Internet Archive
- Silver at Library of Congress "National Jukebox"
- Discography of Monroe Silver at HonkingDuck (81 listings)