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 76-100 of 364 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-9741 12-in. 12/27/1910 Down on the Mississippi American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-9945 10-in. 2/10/1911 I love it American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-9946 10-in. 2/10/1911 That fellow with the 'cello rag American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10144 10-in. 4/4/1911 Baby Rose American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10145 10-in. 4/4/1911 Dixie Gray American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10146 10-in. 4/4/1911 In Good-Time Town American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10385 10-in. 5/26/1911 Summer days American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10386 10-in. 5/26/1911 When I'm alone, I'm lonesome American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10387 10-in. 5/26/1911 The Camptown races American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and vocal trio or quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10388 10-in. 5/26/1911 Any girl looks good in summer American Quartet ; Walter Van Brunt Tenor vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10628 10-in. 6/29/1911 Let's make love among the roses American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10629 10-in. 6/29/1911 In the land of harmony American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10630 10-in. 6/29/1911 Run home and tell your mother American Quartet ; Helen Clark Male vocal quartet and female vocal solo, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10631 10-in. 6/29/1911 I want everyone to love me American Quartet ; Helen Clark Male vocal quartet and female vocal solo, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10836 10-in. 7/27/1911 Billy (She always dreams of Bill) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10837 10-in. 7/27/1911 The Washington waddle American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10838 10-in. 7/27/1911 Sweet Swanee Sue American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-10839 10-in. 7/27/1911 I want a girl just like the girl that married dear old Dad American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-10857 10-in. 8/3/1911 I'd love to lead a military band American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10858 10-in. 8/3/1911 Rosa Lee American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10859 10-in. 8/3/1911 Keep in de middle ob de road Billy Murray Male vocal solo and chorus, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10931 10-in. 9/6/1911 Honey man American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-10932 10-in. 9/6/1911 The rolling stone American Quartet ; William F. Hooley Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11011 10-in. 9/26/1911 That mysterious rag American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11012 10-in. 9/26/1911 Mammy's shufflin' dance American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
(Results 76-100 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552

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