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 176-200 of 364 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-14457 10-in. 2/13/1914 Do you take this woman for your lawful wife? American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14478 10-in. 2/18/1914 I want to go back to Dixieland American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-14479 10-in. 2/18/1914 Here comes the whippoorwill American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15190 10-in. 9/15/1914 It's a long, long way to Tipperary American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15213 10-in. 9/23/1914 At the Mississippi Cabaret American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15214 10-in. 9/23/1914 When you wore a tulip and I wore a big red rose American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15305 10-in. 10/27/1914 Chinatown, my Chinatown American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15306 10-in. 10/27/1914 Tennessee, I hear you calling me American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15450 10-in. 12/2/1914 They all had a finger in the pie American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15451 10-in. 12/2/1914 Way Down East to-night American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with bells and orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15452 10-in. 12/2/1914 I knew him when he was all right American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15548 10-in. 12/28/1914 On the 5:15 American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15549 10-in. 12/28/1914 I want to linger American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15751 10-in. 3/2/1915 Come over to Dover American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15869 10-in. 4/9/1915 Everybody rag with me American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-15870 10-in. 4/9/1915 Back to Dixieland American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16143 10-in. 6/28/1915 It's tulip time in Holland (Two lips are calling me) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16144 10-in. 6/28/1915 Honeymoon bells American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16258 10-in. 7/26/1915 Circus day in Dixie American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with vocal "imitations" and orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16259 10-in. 7/26/1915 Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16739 10-in. 11/3/1915 Along the rocky road to Dublin American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16740 10-in. 11/3/1915 America, I love you! American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16966 10-in. 1/5/1916 Loading up the Mandy Lee American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-16967 10-in. 1/5/1916 No one but your dear old dad American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-17109 10-in. 2/3/1916 That soothing symphony American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
(Results 176-200 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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