Saturday, July 3, 2010
Happy Birthday to George M. Cohan
On this day in 1878, George M. Cohan was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He is cited as being one of the first original song and dance men on Broadway and during his lifetime he is said to have written 500 songs; some of which include "Over There", "Yankee Doodle Dandy", and "Give My Regards to Broadway". In the 1920s and 1930s he made apperances in a few films and in 1942 (the year of his death) James Cagney portrayed him in the film Yankee Doodle Dandy; Gagney won an Oscar for his portrayal.