Chauncey Olcott (July 21, 1858 – March 18, 1932)-Lyricist of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"

Born in Buffalo, New York, in the early years of his career Olcott sang in minstrel shows and Lillian Russell played a major role in helping make him a Broadway star. Amongst his songwriting accomplishments, Olcott wrote and composed the song "My Wild Irish Rose" for his production of A Romance of Athlone in 1899. Olcott also wrote the lyrics to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" for his production of The Isle O' Dreams in 1912.

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Comment by Patrick J. O'Leary on May 24, 2013 at 12:14am

Now  we  know  some of the story.  Good  short  writeup of very little know tidbit of info.  Good Show !! >>

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on May 24, 2013 at 9:20am

I watched the film about him, My Wild Irish Rose, a couple years ago -- interesting story.  Thanks for the photo!

Comment by Bit Devine on May 24, 2013 at 1:10pm

What an amazing photo...I wonder what the story is behind the photo?...

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on March 17, 2014 at 11:33pm

Happy Birthday Chauncey

Comment by Patrick J. O'Leary on March 18, 2014 at 5:53pm

I do recall watching  Dennis Morgan in a movie  and  the song being sung  was ' When Irish Eyes are Smiling', but the sung got cut short - problems in the projector room in the old post-WW2 moviehouse. Never did see the end
of the movie. But, of course, Harry Lillis Crosby  came thru with his version, as did many others.  >>


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