The Cohans fudged the date a bit (Born on the Fourth of July!) for their vaudevillian act, but George sure took to the role as America’s cheerleader. Cohan, often referred to as ‘The Man Who Owned Broadway’, was a singer, dancer, producer, playwright and unbelievably prolific songwriter. Unfortunately his Fox Point birthplace — Corky Hill back then — was torn down before people thought about such things. It’s safe to assume that the concert at India Point Park this Sunday will feature a few of his tunes. To see what he looks like from the waist down, check out his statue in Times Square, New York City (after the jump).
Times Square, New York City
Baptismal records at St. Joseph’s Church on Hope Street, Providence have his correct date of birth — July 3, 1878.