George M. Cohan - New York, NY
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N 40° 45.523 W 073° 59.110
18T E 585660 N 4512468
Quick Description: The statue of George M. Cohan is located in the center of Times Square at 46th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue in New York City.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 8/8/2013 4:47:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMHRDP
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:

George Michael Cohan was born in Providence, RI, into a Irish immigrant family, on July 3, 1858. The family had changed their name to Cohan from the Irish Keohane. Together with his sister, Josephine, and parents, Jeremiah and Helen ("Nellie" Costigan), they performed under the name the Four Cohans.

In 1904, he began his career as a lyricist, composer, producer, and actor in Broadway musicals. He wrote and published numerous songs during his career and is considered the father of the American musical comedy. Cohan's music and Broadway musicals were frequently inspired by his Irish roots with familiar hit songs such as " Harrigan” and shows like The Merry Malones and Little Nelly Kelly. George M. Cohan died in New York City on November 5, 1942. He was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

A 7' high bronze statue of George M. Cohan by sculptor Georg Lober was installed in Times Square in 1958. The statue commemorates his contribution to American musical theater. The statue depicts George M. Cohan standing on an 8' high granite pedestal. He wearing a suit and tie. His left arm is hanging down and he is holding a hat in his left hand. He is leaning on a walking stick held in his right hand. Each side of the pedestal contains the title of song for which is most famous.

The front is inscribed:

George
M.
Cohan
1878-1942

* Give my Regards to Broadway *

The east side is inscribed:

* Forty-five Minutes from Broadway *
* Yankee Doodle Dandy *

The north side is inscribed:

* You're a grand Old Flag *
* Over There *

The west side is inscribed:

* Mary's a Grand Old Name *
* Harrigan *

Song list from the Songwriters Hall of Fame website (q.v.)

BIG PARADE, THE
BILLIE
BLUE SKIES, GRAY SKIES
BORN AND BRED IN BROOKLYN
CHARMING
COHAN’S SONGS OF YESTERYEAR
DANCING MY WORRIES AWAY
DARN GOOD CRY
EASTER SUNDAY PARADE
EPILOGUE
FATHER OF THE LAND WE LOVE
FOR THE FLAG, FOR THE HOME
FORTY FIVE MINUTES FROM BROADWAY
GEORGE WASHINGTON, JR.
GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY
GOD IS GOOD TO THE IRISH
GOODBYE BARGRAVIA
GREAT NEW YORK POLICE
HARRIGAN
HERE COME THE SOLDIERS
HINKY DEE, THE
I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO TELEGRAPH MY BABY
I LOVE YOU
I WAS BORN IN VIRGINIA
I’D RATHER WRITE A SONG
I’M A ONE GIRL MAN My Town
IN A KINGDOM OF OUR OWN
INDIANS AND TREES
JOHNNY Q. PUBLIC
LIFE’S A FUNNY PROPOSITION AFTER ALL
LITTLE NELLIE KELLY
LOVE DREAMS
MARCH OF THE CARDINALS
MARY’S A GRAND OLD NAME
MOLLY MALONE
MUSICAL COMEDY MAN
MY LITTLE GIRL
NAME OF KELLY, THE
NELLIE KELLY
OVER THERE
REVOLUTIONARY RAG
RING TO THE NAME OF ROSE, A
ROSE
SHOES THAT HURT
SO LONG, MARY
THIS IS OUR SIDE OF THE OCEAN
THOMAS EDISON, MIRACLE MAN
THOSE LOVELY LOVE SONGS
TO HEAVEN ON THE BRONX EXPRESSWAY
TWENTIETH CENTURY LOVE
TWO OF US, THE
UNTIL MY LUCK COMES ROLLING
VENUS, MY SHINING LOVE
VOICE IN MY HEART
WHAT A MAN
WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS
WHEN JUNE COMES ALONG WITH A SONG
WHEN NEW YORK WAS NEW YORK
WHEN YOU COME BACK, IF YOU EVER DO
WHERE WERE YOU, WHERE WAS I?
YANKEE DOODLE BOY, THE
YOU CAN’T DENY YOU’RE IRISH
YOU REMIND ME OF MY MOTHER
YOU WON’T DO ANY GOOD
YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG

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