George M. Cohan (1878–1942), U.S. songwriter, performer. "Give my Regards to Broadway" (song), Little Johnny Jones (show, 1904).
Cohan's breakthrough hit was a failure when it opened on Broadway, though it achieved a lasting success when it returned there in 1905 following a nationwide tour. The song was one of a series of compositions on the theme of Broadway, though at the time of writing, Cohan was just twenty-six, and very much an outsider. In 1959, a statue of him was erected on Broadway. Give my Regards to Broad Street was the title of Paul McCartney's musical film in 1984.