Nat M. Wills
Nat M. Wills (born Louis McGrath Wills) (July 11, 1873 – December 9, 1917), was a popular stage star, vaudeville entertainer, and recording artist at the beginning of the 20th century. He is best known for his "tramp" persona and for performing humorous or satirical musical numbers, including parodies of popular songs of the day.
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Birth and Death Data: Born July 11, 1873, Died December 9, 1917
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: author, vocalist, speaker, composer, lyricist
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-6538||10-in.||10/14/1908||No news, or What killed the dog?||Nat M. Wills||Monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||C-6539||12-in.||10/14/1908||The flag he loved so well||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author, vocalist|
|Victor||B-6540||10-in.||10/14/1908||Are you sincere?||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author, vocalist|
|Victor||B-6541||10-in.||10/14/1908||B.P.O.E||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author, vocalist|
|Victor||B-6542||10-in.||10/14/1908||The old oaken bucket||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||B-6549||10-in.||10/16/1908||Our boarding house||Nat M. Wills||Monologue, with orchestra||author, speaker|
|Victor||B-6550||10-in.||10/16/1908||Hoboken||Nat M. Wills||Monologue||speaker|
|Victor||B-6917||10-in.||3/23/1909||Rainbow and Sunbonnet Sue||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||C-6918||12-in.||3/23/1909||At the comic opera||Nat M. Wills||Monologue, with orchestra||author, speaker|
|Victor||B-6919||10-in.||3/23/1909||The traveling man||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, vocalist|
|Victor||B-6922||10-in.||3/24/1909||Song of the English chappie||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||B-6923||10-in.||3/24/1909||Liberty||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||C-6925||12-in.||3/25/1909||Hortense at the skating rink||Nat M. Wills||Comic monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||B-6926||10-in.||3/25/1909||A talk on Father||Nat M. Wills||Monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||B-6932||10-in.||3/26/1909||Jungle town parody||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author, vocalist|
|Victor||B-6933||10-in.||3/26/1909||Saving up coupons for Mother||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author, vocalist|
|Victor||C-6934||12-in.||3/27/1909||Reformed love (and a few other subjects)||Nat M. Wills||Monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||C-6935||12-in.||3/27/1909||Hortense at sea||Nat M. Wills||Comic monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||B-13838||10-in.||9/22/1913||New York, what's the matter with you?||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||B-13839||10-in.||9/22/1913||That ragtime suffragette||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||B-13840||10-in.||9/22/1913||If a table at Rector's could talk||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||B-13841||10-in.||9/22/1913||Too much dog||Nat M. Wills||Monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||B-13842||10-in.||9/22/1913||Parody on eight familiar songs||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||B-13843||10-in.||9/22/1913||Parody on "Trail of the lonesome pine"||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author, vocalist|
|Victor||B-13844||10-in.||9/22/1913||A new cure for drinking||Nat M. Wills||Monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||B-13845||10-in.||9/22/1913||Darky stories||Nat M. Wills||Monologue||author, speaker|
|Victor||C-15694||12-in.||2/10/1915||Automobile parody||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Victor||B-15695||10-in.||2/10/1915||A father of 36||Nat M. Wills||Monologue, unaccompanied||speaker, author|
|Victor||BVE-45010||10-in.||5/3/1928||No news (or 'What killed the dog')||Frank Crumit||Recitation||author|
|Columbia||38797||10-in.||4/19/1913||A comic medley song||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer, vocalist|
|Columbia||38798||10-in.||4/19/1913||The drink cure||Nat M. Wills||Comic monologue||author, speaker|
|Columbia||39997||10-in.||3/26/1915||No news, or, what killed the dog||Nat M. Wills||Comic monologue||author, speaker|
|Columbia||45505||10-in.||3/29/1915||Two Negro stories||Nat M. Wills||Comic monologue||author, speaker|
|Edison||3196||10-in.||Aug. 1914||B. P. O. E. Elks' song||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with orchestra||author|
|Leeds & Catlin||[L & C cat 45759.1]||10-in.||between late 1908 and early 1909||No news, or what killed the dog||Arthur Collins||Comic monologue||author|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wills, Nat M.," accessed March 24, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106595.
Wills, Nat M.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 24, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106595.
"Wills, Nat M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 24 March 2023.
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