John Barnes Wells (October 17, 1880 – August 8, 1935), was an American composer and singer. He sang as a tenor. He was once described as "one of the best known concert singers in New York." He was a popular singer and was featured on many 78-rpm recordings released in the early 1900s. He starred in the 1903 musical theater production of The Wizard of Oz. One of his last performances was in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1933). He also used the pseudonym William Barnes and composed music under the name Jack Wells.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 17th, 1880 (Ashley), Died August 8th, 1935 (Roxbury)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1918
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
Notes: Songwriter Jack Wells also made recordings under the names John Barnes Wells and William Barnes.
See Also: Wells, John Barnes John Barnes Wells
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 36 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-14035||10-in.||11/5/1913||Flow along, River Tennessee (To the home of the girl I love)||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-15613||10-in.||1/20/1915||Over the hills to Mary||James F. Harrison ; James Reed||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17697||10-in.||5/17/1916||The owl||John Barnes Wells||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-18769||10-in.||12/4/1916||Buzzin' the bee||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-19756||10-in.||5/8/1917||Joan of Arc||Willie Weston||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-20377||12-in.||7/9/1917||Huckleberry Finn||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-21284||10-in.||12/24/1917||Joan of Arc, they are calling you||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21285||10-in.||12/24/1917||The chimes of Normandy||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21453||10-in.||2/16/1918||War ballad medley||Pietro||Accordion solo||composer|
|Victor||B-21647||10-in.||4/2/1918||Joan of Arc||Hurtado Brothers Royal Marimba Band of Guatemala||Marimba band||composer|
|Victor||B-22220||10-in.||9/4/1918||Joan of Arc||Jerome Swineford||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1916-12-14-08]||Not documented||12/14/1916||The elf man||Louise Dresser||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1917-12-10-02]||Not documented||12/10/1917||Joan of Arc (They are calling you)||Percy Hemus||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||39095||10-in.||11/13/1913||Flow along, river Tennessee||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||39328||10-in.||4/16/1914||If I were the ocean and you were the shore||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||39707||10-in.||12/19/1914||Over the hills to Mary||James F. Harrison ; James Reed||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||46048||10-in.||9/23/1915||Things are getting better every day||M. J. O'Connell||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||47465||10-in.||4/6/1917||Buzzin' the bee||Gene Greene||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||77044||10-in.||5/10/1917||Joan of Arc||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77276||10-in.||8/18/1917||Mr. Jazz himself||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||77322||10-in.||9/10/1917||Waterson hits||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||77333||10-in.||9/13/1917||I'm crazy over every girl in France||Avon Comedy Four||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77407||10-in.||10/3/1917||Over the top||Columbia Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77489||10-in.||11/5/1917||Chimes of Normandy||Robert Lewis||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||49256||12-in.||10/11/1917||The bravest heart of all||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wells, Jack," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106776.
Wells, Jack. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106776.
"Wells, Jack." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.
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