- William Brooks
(b Washington, DC, April 13, 1873; d New York, NY, May 25, 1924). American composer and publisher. He moved to New York at the age of 14 and was employed as a clerk in various publishing houses. He also performed incidental music and by 1898 was composing. In the same year he founded his own publishing house, but sold it in 1900 and joined the firm Howley, Haviland & Dresser. During the next eight years Morse wrote several successful songs. After the collapse of his firm, Morse and Haviland formed their own company. About five years later Morse left Haviland and organized the Morse Music Company, but in 1915 he sold his holdings to Leo Feist, with whom he was associated until his death. Morse was also a performer; he appeared in a vaudeville trio with two other songwriters and was the pianist for Henry Burr’s Record Makers from ...