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 201-225 of 364 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-17110 10-in. 2/3/1916 Those good old days back home American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-17274 10-in. 3/8/1916 All aboard for Chinatown American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-17288 10-in. 3/8/1916 Siam American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-17474 10-in. 4/10/1916 Where did Robinson Crusoe go with Friday on Saturday night? American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-18559 10-in. 10/18/1916 Honolulu, America loves you American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-18560 10-in. 10/18/1916 Everybody loves an Irish song American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-18954 10-in. 1/4/1917 How's every little thing in Dixie? American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-18955 10-in. 1/4/1917 If you ever get lonely American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19108 10-in. 1/22/1917 She's Dixie all the time American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19109 10-in. 1/22/1917 The Honolulu hicki boola boo American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19318 10-in. 2/28/1917 Some sweet day American Quartet ; Marion Harris Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19319 10-in. 2/28/1917 Let's all be Americans now American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19320 10-in. 2/28/1917 I've got the sweetest girl in Maryland American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19378 10-in. 3/16/1917 Oh Johnny, oh Johnny, oh! American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19379 10-in. 3/16/1917 Because you're Irish American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19380 10-in. 3/16/1917 Maiden's prayer American Quartet ; Marion Harris Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-19381 10-in. 3/16/1917 That cute little wigglin' dance American Quartet ; Marion Harris Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20008 10-in. 6/4/1917 Let's all do something American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20009 10-in. 6/4/1917 You're a grand old flag American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20306 10-in. 6/28/1917 Over there American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20307 10-in. 6/28/1917 Where do we go from here? American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20317 10-in. 7/3/1917 Goodbye Broadway, hello France American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20452 10-in. 7/25/1917 Sailin' away on the Henry Clay American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20453 10-in. 7/25/1917 I've got the nicest little home in D-I-X-I-E American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
Victor B-20454 10-in. 7/25/1917 You can't get away from the Blarney American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Vocal group  
(Results 201-225 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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