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Billy Murray

William Thomas "Billy" Murray (May 25, 1877 – August 17, 1954) was one of the most popular singers in the United States in the early 20th century. While he received star billing in vaudeville, he was best known for his prolific work in the recording studio, making records for almost every record label of the era.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 25th, 1877 (Philadelphia), Died August 17th, 1954 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, speaker, performer, sound effects, whistling, vocalist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 251-275 of 1788 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E-4903 8-in. 11/4/1907 I'm happy when the band plays Dixie Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4937 10-in. 11/18/1907 Much obliged to you Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor E-4937 8-in. 11/18/1907 Much obliged to you Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4938 10-in. 11/18/1907 Keep on smiling Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor E-4938 8-in. 11/18/1907 Keep on smiling Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4967 10-in. 12/12/1907 Under any old flag at all Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor E-4967 8-in. 12/12/1907 Under any old flag at all Billy Murray Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4968 10-in. 12/12/1907 Rain-in-the-Face Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor E-4968 8-in. 12/12/1907 Rain-in-the-Face Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4969 10-in. 12/12/1907 I'm afraid to come home in the dark Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4981 10-in. 12/27/1907 Victor Minstrels, no. 9 Victor Minstrels Minstrels, with orchestra performer  
Victor E-4981 8-in. 12/27/1907 Victor Minstrels, no. 9 Victor Minstrels Minstrels, with orchestra performer  
Victor E-4982 8-in. 12/27/1907 Victor Minstrels, no. 10 Victor Minstrels Minstrels, with orchestra performer  
Victor B-4982 10-in. 12/27/1907 Victor Minstrels, no. 10 Victor Minstrels Minstrels, with orchestra performer  
Victor B-4985 10-in. 12/31/1907 Wouldn't you like to have me for a sweetheart? Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4986 10-in. 12/31/1907 The honeybees' honeymoon Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4987 10-in. 12/31/1907 I'd rather be a lobster than a wise guy Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor E-4988 8-in. 12/31/1907 He's a cousin of mine Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-4997 10-in. 1/7/1908 I'm looking for the man that wrote the Merry Widow waltz Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-5093 10-in. 2/25/1908 At the village post office Victor Vaudeville Company Descriptive scene speaker  
Victor B-5094 10-in. 2/25/1908 An evening at Mrs. Clancey's boarding house Victor Vaudeville Company Descriptive scene, with orchestra speaker  
Victor E-5094 8-in. 2/25/1908 An evening at Mrs. Clancey's boarding house Victor Vaudeville Company Descriptive scene, with orchestra speaker  
Victor B-6066 10-in. 3/31/1908 Bon-bon buddy Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-6067 10-in. 3/31/1908 I was a hero too Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-6068 10-in. 3/31/1908 Smarty Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 251-275 of 1788 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Murray, Billy," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106525.

Murray, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106525.

"Murray, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106525

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