Jazz Insights: George M. Cohan

Rhode Island’s long list of jazz musicians began with George M. Cohan.

George was born in Providence during 1878. He was to grow up to become a leader in Broadway musicals. His credits include, being a giant entertainer, actor, composer, lyricist, jazz singer, dancer, producer and playwright. George was considered among the most important music contributors during his peak, which took place at the turn of the 20th century.

Throughout his life he was to publish more than 300 hits. His most famous hits included “Yankee Doodle Boy” and “Over There.” After a long and successful career, George passed away in 1942. Rhode Island will always remember George M. Cohan,, for his outstanding contributions to our nation’s important music.

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