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Ernest Pike

Ernest George Pike (1871 – 4 March 1936) was an English tenor of the early 20th century who made numerous recordings in the first decades of the 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 4, 1936

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1923

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 54 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 73048 10-in. approximately 1922 Where is my wandering boy tonight? Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73049 10-in. approximately 1922 A boy's best friend is his mother Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73098 10-in. approximately 1922 In lavender time Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73099 10-in. approximately 1922 Why should I cry over you? Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73135 10-in. approximately 1923 I know of two bright eyes Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73154 10-in. approximately 1923 Absent Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73155 10-in. approximately 1923 Nobody lied Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73158 10-in. approximately 1923 Do I? : Fox trot Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73174 10-in. approximately 1923 Lilac time : The flower Eric Courtland vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73175 10-in. approximately 1923 Lilac time : Dream enthralling Eric Courtland vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73176 10-in. approximately 1923 To Mary Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73211 10-in. approximately 1923 Come sing to me Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73212 10-in. approximately 1923 March winds Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73213 10-in. approximately 1923 When the leaves come tumbling down Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73234 10-in. approximately 1923 Mary, dear, some day we will meet again Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73235 10-in. approximately 1923 One night in June Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73236 10-in. approximately 1923 Miomi, I'm coming soon Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73242 10-in. approximately 1923 Come to my heart Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73243 10-in. approximately 1923 If it takes a thousand years Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73246 10-in. approximately 1923 Sing me to sleep Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73270 10-in. approximately 1923 My wild Irish rose Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73271 10-in. approximately 1923 The irish emigrant Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73274 10-in. approximately 1923 Can you forget? Herbert Payne vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73320 10-in. approximately 1923 Two eyes of grey Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 73321 10-in. approximately 1923 Sincerity Ernest Pike vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 54 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pike, Ernest," accessed May 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100361.

Pike, Ernest. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100361.

"Pike, Ernest." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024.

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

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