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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.

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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Recordings (Results 26-35 of 35 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-35 of 35 records)


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