American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Cohan, George Michael 1878-1942. American singer, songwriter, and playwright known for his flashy, patriotic Broadway productions. He wrote "Over There” and "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
- n. United States songwriter and playwright famous for his patriotic songs (1878-1942)
“Cohan is an author and former INVESTMENT BANKER thus another hack for finance.”
“Tony Cohan is going to be reading from his new book, Mexican Days.”
“Up until then it was a sort of general store in Cong, Ireland called Cohan's only because that was the name of the pub in the film.”
“James Cagney, who succeeded Cohan as the most prominent Irish American, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the lead role.”
“The most famous Irish American during the ascendancy to Nordic status was George M. Cohan, the father of the Broadway musical.”
“But Cohan and Cagney became great Americans by merging tap dancing with marching.”
“By the end of his life, Cohan was such a cultural icon that in 1942 Warner Brothers produced a film dedicated to his life story, Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
“In the final scenes of Yankee Doodle Dandy, Cohan receives the medal from Roosevelt in the White House, then joins a military march as it proceeds down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
“When Cohan was still in diapers, he appeared on stage with his parents and sister as “the Four Cohans,” a touring vaudeville act that presented black-Irish hybrid entertainment.”
“During World War I, Cohan penned “Over There,” which became the most popular marching song among U.S. soldiers—and, in American popular culture, the theme song for the war.”
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