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Ernest Pike

Ernest George Pike (1871 – 4 March 1936) was an English tenor of the early 20th century. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music in London, he worked as a bank clerk and sang as a church tenor before making his first recording "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company in 1904. He became the house tenor for HMV and made several hundred records in a career that spanned over twenty years.

Pike has been called "England's most recorded tenor", and his "silver voice" became a favourite in thousands of homes – remaining so until well into the 1920s. For a time his popularity was as great as that of the singer Peter Dawson. His repertoire was varied and included grand opera, light opera, oratorio, and ballads and popular songs of the Edwardian era, the First World War and the 1920s. He toured the British Isles giving concerts and was a favourite of royalty. He recorded under a number of pseudonyms – most commonly Herbert Payne.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1871, Died March 4th, 1936

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone HO2769af 12-in. 7/30/1917 The Mikado D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; John Harrison ; Violet Oppenshaw ; Edna Thornton Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone HO2771af 12-in. 7/30/1917 The Mikado D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Violet Essex ; John Harrison ; Edna Thornton Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone Ho2773af 12-in. 7/30/1917 The Mikado D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; John Harrison Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone HO2779af 12-in. 8/2/1917 The Mikado D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; John Harrison Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone HO2782af 12-in. 7/30/1917 The Mikado George Baker ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Edna Thornton Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone HO2806af 12-in. 8/2/1917 The Mikado George Baker ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Edna Thornton Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone HO2814af 12-in. 8/15/1917 The Mikado George Baker ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Ernest Pike ; Robert Radford Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone HO2915af 12-in. 10/16/1917 The Mikado D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Bessie Jones ; Ernest Pike ; Robert Radford ; Edna Thornton Operetta : Vocal soloist(s), and/or chorus/orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 7203b 10-in. 9/4/1905 Old folks at home Nellie Melba Soprano vocal solo, with vocal trio and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 7204b 10-in. 9/4/1905 Good night Nellie Melba Soprano vocal solo, with vocal trio and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 10418e 10-in. 7/2/1909 Onward Christian soldiers Westminster Cathedral Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone ak18271e 10-in. 9/25/1914 The girl I left behind me Cecilian Quartet Male vocal quartet (2 baritones and 2 tenors) vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone ak18273e 10-in. 9/25/1914 Hearts of oak Cecilian Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone ak18717e 10-in. 12/19/1914 They sang 'God save the King' Murray Johnson [i.e., Stanley Kirkby] Male vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone ak18721e 10-in. 12/19/1914 When we've wound up the watch on the Rhine Murray Johnson Male vocal solo, with vocal soloists, vocal chorus, and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pike, Ernest," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100361.

Pike, Ernest. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100361.

"Pike, Ernest." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100361

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