William A. Huntley
William A. Penno (1843 — 1929), known by his stage name William A. Huntley, was a composer, music teacher, and vocal and instrumental performer in minstrel and vaudeville traditions. Playing his 5-string banjo before crowds that came to number in the low thousands, he sang in a high tenor and played his banjo bare fingered, picking the strings in a style today named "classic banjo." His published compositions include banjo instrumentals and parlor music. Huntley spent his working life performing and teaching in the off season. He performed throughout the United States and toured Europe as a part of several different minstrel groups. A highlight of his performing career was to play before the Prince and Princess of Wales, about 1880 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. He moved away from minstrel shows by the 1880s, and "took pride" that he could perform without blackface stage makeup. He focused on building respectability for the banjo, through teaching, composition, and performance recitals. He was featured in the S. S. Stewart Company's catalog (showing that art-banjo promoter Stewart recognized his talent) and began to play the company's banjeaurine. In 1888 he performed before a crowd of 2,000 people in his hometown, Providence, Rhode Island.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 2, 1843 (Providence), Died March 26, 1929 (Providence)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||3006||7-in.||6/27/1898||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Roger Harding||Male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1329||7-in.||3/17/1902||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1329||10-in.||3/17/1902||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix C-]1329||12-in.||6/10/1902||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||C-108 [Old series]||12-in.||2/9/1903 or 5/26/1903||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-1171||10-in.||3/29/1904||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||A-1171||7-in.||11/16/1904||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-4056||10-in.||11/22/1906||Bye and bye you will forget me||S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12936||10-in.||2/20/1913||By and by you will forget me||Elsie Baker ; Frederick J. Wheeler||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17715||10-in.||5/22/1916||Some day I'll wander back again||Clarence Whitehill||Baritone vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17716||10-in.||5/22/1916||Take me back to home and mother||Clarence Whitehill||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35675||10-in.||6/10/1926||Bye and bye you will forget me||Kelly Harrell||Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar||composer|
|Columbia||39176||10-in.||1/8/1914||Someday I'll wander back again||Harry McClaskey||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||37498||12-in.||1/19/1916||Some day I'll wander back again||Columbia Stellar Quartette ; Margaret Keyes||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W147223||10-in.||10/17/1928||Bye and bye you will forget me||Robert Hoke ; Vernal Vest||Male vocal duet, with banjo and ukulele||composer|
|Edison||3265||10-in.||Aug.-Sept. 1914||Bye and bye you will forget me||Helen Clark||Soprano vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||7006||10-in.||11/3/1919||Bye and bye you will forget me||Helen Davis||Female vocal solo, with female-male vocal duet and orchestra||composer|
|Edison||8435||10-in.||4/27/1922||Some day I'll wander back again||Carolina Lazzari ; Lyric Male Quartet||Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet||composer|
|Edison||9088||10-in.||10/2/1914||Bye and bye you will forget me||Anna Case||Soprano vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Huntley, William A.," accessed November 27, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100211.
Huntley, William A.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100211.
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