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 101-125 of 364 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11047 10-in. 10/2/1911 Oh, you beautiful doll American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal quartet and vocal solo, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11106 10-in. 10/16/1911 Oh, that Navajo rag American Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11190 10-in. 11/6/1911 Another rag American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-11193 10-in. 11/6/1911 The harbor of love American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11328 10-in. 12/5/1911 Marry a Yiddish boy American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11329 10-in. 12/5/1911 Paddy Duffy's cart American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11330 10-in. 12/5/1911 That hypnotizing man American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11380 10-in. 12/15/1911 Ragtime violin American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-11381 10-in. 12/15/1911 Moonlight Bay American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-11448 10-in. 1/11/1912 The skeleton rag American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11449 10-in. 1/11/1912 Goodnight Mr. Moon American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11595 10-in. 2/15/1912 When I was twenty-one and you were sweet sixteen American Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal quartet and male vocal soloist, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11596 10-in. 2/15/1912 That Coontown quartette American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11597 10-in. 2/15/1912 Pucker up your lips, Miss Lindy American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11598 10-in. 2/15/1912 That college rag American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11599 10-in. 2/15/1912 Here's to the friend in stormy weather American Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal quartet and male vocal soloist, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11650 10-in. 3/1/1912 I want a little lovin' sometimes American Quartet ; Elsie Baker Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11651 10-in. 3/1/1912 I would like to try it, but I'm just a bit afraid American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11652 10-in. 3/1/1912 They gotta quit kickin' my dawg aroun' American Quartet ; Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11713 10-in. 3/13/1912 Mary was my mother's name American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11714 10-in. 3/13/1912 There is silver now, where once was gold American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11793 10-in. 3/26/1912 Please don't take my lovin' man away Edna Brown Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11794 10-in. 3/26/1912 Texas Tommy swing American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11795 10-in. 3/26/1912 Creatore American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-11901 10-in. 4/22/1912 That slippery slide trombone American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
(Results 101-125 of 364 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "American Quartet," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552.

American Quartet. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552.

"American Quartet." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106552

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