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 151-175 of 364 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12889 10-in. 2/10/1913 War song medley American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-12898 10-in. 2/10/1913 Row, row, row American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-12997 10-in. 3/14/1913 Ship of my dreams American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-12998 10-in. 3/14/1913 In good old Georgia land American Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor B-13110 10-in. 4/11/1913 And the green grass grew all around American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13243 10-in. 5/6/1913 You can't stop me from loving you American Quartet Male vocal quintet, with soloist and orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13369 10-in. 5/29/1913 That tinkling tango tune American Quartet Male vocal quintet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13370 10-in. 5/29/1913 The soul of the raging sea American Quartet Male vocal quintet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13371 10-in. 5/29/1913 Boom, tum, ta-ra-zing boom! American Quartet Male vocal quintet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13502 10-in. 6/30/1913 Cross the Mason-Dixon line American Quartet Vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-13503 10-in. 6/30/1913 Sailing down the Chesapeake Bay American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13686 10-in. 8/12/1913 When I first met you American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-13714 10-in. 9/3/1913 Floating down the river ('Cause it's moonlight now in Dixieland) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13715 10-in. 9/3/1913 In the land of plankity plank American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13959 10-in. 10/15/1913 Love me like I love you American Quartet Male vocal quartet and female vocal solo, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13960 10-in. 10/15/1913 Dixie days American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-13961 10-in. 10/15/1913 When they christened brother Johnson's child American Quartet Male vocal quartet Vocal group  
Victor B-14116 10-in. 11/25/1913 You need a rag American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14117 10-in. 11/25/1913 Benny Havens, oh! American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14118 10-in. 11/25/1913 Army blue American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14230 10-in. 12/22/1913 The ragtime dream American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14231 10-in. 12/22/1913 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14310 10-in. 1/13/1914 All aboard for Dixieland American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14311 10-in. 1/13/1914 'Cross the Great Divide (I'll wait for you) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14312 10-in. 1/13/1914 The woman Thou gavest me American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
(Results 151-175 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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