American Quartet

The American Quartet was a four-member vocal group that recorded for various companies in the United States between 1899 and 1925. The membership varied over the years, but the most famous line-up — comprising John Bieling (first tenor), Billy Murray (second tenor), Steve Porter (baritone), and William F. Hooley (bass) — recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1909 to 1913. The same group of singers also recorded for Edison Records as the Premier Quartet (or Quartette), and for that and other labels as the Premier American Quartet. From 1912 to 1914 the quartet also recorded with countertenor Will Oakland as the Heidelberg Quintet.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1909, Died 1922

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

Notes: Listed on some disc labels as American Quartette.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 364 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-8688 10-in. 3/9/1910 When he sings the songs my mother sang to me American Quartet ; Ada Jones Male vocal quartet and female vocal solo, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-8689 10-in. 3/9/1910 Nora Malone American Quartet ; Ada Jones Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-8697 10-in. 3/11/1910 Stop that rag American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-8698 10-in. 3/11/1910 Night trip to Buffalo American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-8912 10-in. 5/4/1910 Call me up some rainy afternoon American Quartet ; Ada Jones Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-8913 10-in. 5/4/1910 Ogalalla American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9142 10-in. 6/28/1910 Farmyard medley American Quartet Male vocal quartet with animal imitations, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor B-9143 10-in. 6/28/1910 Any little girl that's a nice little girl is the right little girl for me American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9161 10-in. 7/12/1910 In the gloaming American Quartet ; Will Oakland Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9162 10-in. 7/12/1910 Who will care for Mother now? American Quartet ; Will Oakland Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9314 10-in. 7/20/1910 Since I am the man they are looking for American Quartet ; Edward M. Favor Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-9315 10-in. 7/20/1910 'Way down in cotton town American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9403 10-in. 9/1/1910 Somebody else, it's always somebody else! American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9404 10-in. 9/1/1910 I will long for you American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9405 10-in. 9/1/1910 Tickle toes American Quartet ; Ada Jones Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9411 10-in. 9/8/1910 Play that barber shop chord American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9412 10-in. 9/8/1910 Valley flower American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9442 10-in. 9/12/1910 The Dublin rag American Quartet ; Edward M. Favor Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9600 10-in. 11/3/1910 Grizzly bear American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9601 10-in. 11/3/1910 The jingle of Jungle Joe American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9668 10-in. 11/22/1910 Nightingale American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9669 10-in. 11/22/1910 Come, Josephine in my flying machine American Quartet ; Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-9670 10-in. 11/22/1910 I'm looking for a nice young fellow who is looking for a nice young girl American Quartet ; Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-9709 10-in. 12/14/1910 Gee, but it's great to meet a friend from your home town Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9740 10-in. 12/27/1910 Some of these days American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
(Results 51-75 of 364 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "American Quartet," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552.

American Quartet. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552.

"American Quartet." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.

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