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Bowers, Frederick V., 1874-1961



  • Existence: June 11, 1874 - April 29, 1961


Songwriter. Part of songwriting duo Horwitz and Bowers with lyricist Charles Horwitz.

“[Charles] Horowitz was of the vaudeville team of Horwitz and Bowers, so that he came to his reign as author knowing what vaudeville audiences wanted. Horwitz and Bowers were prime favorites…and their vogue was only interrupted by the success which came to their ballads—“Because,” “Always,” “Wait,” and others. Encouraged by the success of their ballads they wrote a musical play, which Edward E. Rice produced at the New York Theatre. It was called “King Highball.” It did not score, but there was enough merit to the work for several of the best numbers to be used for vaudeville. Frederick Bowers sang his own songs for a time and sang them far better than anyone else did; he afterwards evolved a novelty “girl act,” and to-day he is presenting this in the vaudeville circuits.”

Source: Grau, Robert. Forty Years Observation of Music and the Drama. New York: Broadway Publishing Company, 1909.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

American Composers Collection

Identifier: MS-0078
Scope and Contents

The American Composers Collection includes material related to over 150 composers, including manuscript music scores, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and other items. Material varies with composer, from a single item to several folders. The collection was amassed from various donations to the University of Missouri-Kansas City before being given to the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections. Provenance is noted when known.

Dates: 1813 - 2006

Frederick V. Bowers, undated

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See also the Popular American Sheet Music Collection

Dates: undated

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