Jack Wells

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 17, 1880 (Ashley), Died August 8, 1935 (Roxbury)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, composer, lyricist

Notes: Songwriter Jack Wells also made recordings under the names John Barnes Wells and William Barnes.

See Also: Wells, Jack Wells, John Barnes John Barnes Wells

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2451 10-in. 4/6/1905 In the evening by the moonlight Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-8402 10-in. 11/24/1909 Sweet Genevieve Haydn Quartet ; John Barnes Wells Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-8403 10-in. 11/24/1909 My garden that blooms for you John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-8966 10-in. 5/18/1910 In May time John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-8967 12-in. 5/18/1910 Beloved, it is morn John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-8968 10-in. 5/18/1910 Thine eyes so blue and tender John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BB-9039 10-in. 6/1/1910 Of thee I'm thinking, Margaretha John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-9040 10-in. 6/1/1910 My wild Irish rose John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-9040 12-in. 7/1/1910 My wild Irish rose John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-9041 10-in. 6/1/1910 The boat song John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-9153 10-in. 7/1/1910 The rosary John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-9177 10-in. 7/18/1910 It was not so to be John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-9178 10-in. 7/18/1910 The story of the rose John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-9364 10-in. 8/19/1910 Beautiful Isle of Somewhere John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-9593 12-in. 10/31/1910 Gems from Maritana Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-9594 12-in. 10/31/1910 Gems from The merry widow Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-9638 12-in. 11/11/1910 Murmuring zephyrs John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-9672 10-in. 11/23/1910 I'm falling in love with someone John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-9672 12-in. 11/23/1910 I'm falling in love with someone John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-9905 12-in. 2/3/1911 Gems from Florodora Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-10034 10-in. 3/8/1911 A red, red rose John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-10035 10-in. 3/8/1911 Who is Sylvia? John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-10831 10-in. 7/25/1911 Oh fair, oh sweet and holy John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-10832 10-in. 7/25/1911 The robin sings in the apple-tree John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-10833 10-in. 7/25/1911 I'm wearing awa' John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-11289 10-in. 11/22/1911 Mammy's song John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-11357 12-in. 12/12/1911 National airs of all nations Victor Mixed Chorus Chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-11456 12-in. 1/12/1912 Gems from The count of Luxembourg Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-11572 12-in. 2/7/1912 Song medley no. 2 : Feist favorites Victor Mixed Chorus Chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-12045 12-in. 5/23/1912 Song medley no. 4 : Remick refrains Victor Mixed Chorus Chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-12109 12-in. 6/12/1912 Gems from Robin Hood Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12631 10-in. 11/20/1912 No. 1, Reception anthem : In heavenly love abiding Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12632 10-in. 11/20/1912 No. 3, Perambulation : Behold how good and how pleasant Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12633 10-in. 11/20/1912 No. 4, Obligation : So help us God Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12634 10-in. 11/20/1912 Solemn strikes the funeral chime Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12635 10-in. 11/20/1912 Behold how pleasant and how good Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12636 10-in. 11/20/1912 His laws inspire our being Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12689 10-in. 12/11/1912 Let us remember in our youth Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12690 10-in. 12/11/1912 Opening ode, Stand up for Jesus Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 organs vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-12954 10-in. 2/28/1913 Absent John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13018 10-in. 3/27/1913 When I carved your name on the tree Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13019 10-in. 3/27/1913 Johnny Harvard Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13020 10-in. 3/27/1913 Forsaken Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13779 10-in. 9/15/1913 My wonderful dream girl John Barnes Wells Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13780 10-in. 9/15/1913 Don't you wish you were back home again John Barnes Wells Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13802 10-in. 9/16/1913 Mark master ode no. 1 Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13803 10-in. 9/16/1913 Mark master ode no. 3 Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13804 10-in. 9/16/1913 Past master ode no. 1 Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-13805 12-in. 9/16/1913 Most excellent master ode no. 1 Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-13806 12-in. 9/16/1913 Most excellent master ode no. 2 Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13901 10-in. 10/3/1913 Sing me the rosary Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-13902 10-in. 10/3/1913 The girl in the gingham gown Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
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 C-14204 12-in. 12/16/1913 War songs Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-14205 12-in. 12/16/1913 Prisoners' chorus Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-14979 10-in. 6/22/1914 Boat song John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-14980 10-in. 6/22/1914 Joy of the morning John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-14981 10-in. 6/22/1914 Persian serenade John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-15502 10-in. 12/15/1914 Land of hope and glory Wilfred Glenn Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-15503 10-in. 12/15/1914 Brown October ale Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-15504 10-in. 12/15/1914 Swing along Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-15505 10-in. 12/15/1914 A stein song Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
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-17107 10-in. 2/3/1916 I love you, that's one thing I know William Barnes Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17108 10-in. 2/3/1916 Memories John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17154 10-in. 2/15/1916 A perfect day Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17598 10-in. 5/3/1916 In the beautiful seaside air Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17599 10-in. 5/3/1916 My own Iona William Barnes Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17600 10-in. 5/3/1916 The girl who wears a red cross on her sleeve William Barnes Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17697 10-in. 5/17/1916 The owl John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-17698 10-in. 5/17/1916 The melody of home John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17699 10-in. 5/17/1916 Long ago in Alcalá John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17930 10-in. 6/26/1916 If I knock the 'L' out of Kelly Marguerite Farrell Female vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-17931 10-in. 6/26/1916 By the sad Luana shore Marguerite Farrell Female vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-18062 12-in. 7/6/1916 Alma mater songs Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-18075 12-in. 7/6/1916 Alma mater songs Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-18077 12-in. 7/7/1916 Songs of good fellowship Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-18078 12-in. 7/7/1916 Favorite college songs Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-18119 10-in. 7/14/1916 Norah, the pride of Kildare John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-18123 10-in. 7/14/1916 Since first I met thee John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-18769 10-in. 12/4/1916 Buzzin' the bee Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor C-19121 12-in. 1/24/1917 Deep river Frances Alda ; Orpheus Quartet Soprano vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19122 10-in. 1/24/1917 Tho' I'm not the first to call you 'Sweetheart' please let me be the last Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19123 10-in. 1/24/1917 Whose pretty baby are you now? Orpheus Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19183 10-in. 2/14/1917 I met you, dear, in Dreamland William Barnes Male vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19184 10-in. 2/14/1917 Blue bird William Barnes Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
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-20655 10-in. 9/10/1917 When shadows fall John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-20686 12-in. 9/20/1917 Sing, o heavens Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-20826 12-in. 10/2/1917 It came upon the midnight clear Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
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 B-22624 10-in. 3/13/1919 Tears (Of love) John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
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  
Victor [Trial 1920-01-05-01] Not documented 1/5/1920 Dream port John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1920-01-05-02] Not documented 1/5/1920 Sweet little woman o' mine John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 38986 10-in. 8/5/1913 Rose of Tralee John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
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 39559 10-in. 9/11/1914 Same sort of girl Inez Barbour ; John Barnes Wells Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 39592 10-in. 10/23/1914 Chinatown, my Chinatown Grace Kerns ; John Barnes Wells Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 39630 10-in. 11/24/1914 Calling me home Columbia Stellar Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 39636 10-in. 11/25/1914 Love moon Miriam Clark [i.e., Grace Kerns] ; John Barnes Wells Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 39637 10-in. 11/25/1914 A little bit of heaven John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 39707 10-in. 12/19/1914 Over the hills to Mary James F. Harrison ; James Reed Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 39980 10-in. 3/23/1915 The flame of love Miriam Clark [i.e., Grace Kerns] ; John Barnes Wells Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
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 37111 12-in. 12/23/1914 The land of the swallows Mildred Potter ; John Barnes Wells Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 49256 12-in. 10/11/1917 The bravest heart of all Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 49270 12-in. 11/13/1917 Over the top Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Columbia 49367 12-in. 4/5/1918 Are you from heaven? Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49462 12-in. 6/27/1918 Chimes of Normandy Naval Reserve Band Band composer  
Columbia W170510 10-in. 5/5/1930 Psi Upsilon smoking song Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170511 10-in. 5/5/1930 The Rho owl song Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170512 10-in. 5/5/1930 The ever lovely maiden Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170513 10-in. 5/5/1930 Welcome brothers old and young; Serenade Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170514 10-in. 5/5/1930 College Chorus; Dear Psi U Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170515 10-in. 5/5/1930 Brothers, the day is ended; Psi U doxology Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano and organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170516 10-in. 5/9/1930 After the battle Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170517 10-in. 5/9/1930 Dear old shrine Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170518 10-in. 5/9/1930 Psi U joys Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170519 10-in. 5/16/1930 Psi U fellowship Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170520 10-in. 5/16/1930 Convention song Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W170521 10-in. 5/16/1930 Come brothers, for a song! Psi Upsilon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
OKeh 131 10-in. ca. May 1918 Chimes of Normandy Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 668 10-in. approximately Feb.1917 Buzzin' the bee Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 1178 10-in. approximately July 1917 Joan of Arc Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 10489-10492 10-in. 4/27/1923 Thumb marks Irene Williams Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 10576-10578 10-in. 5/7/1923 Thumb marks Irene Williams Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3956 10-in. 7/12/1915 Over the hills to Mary Walter Van Brunt Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5302 10-in. 1/18/1917 Buzzin' the bee Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 5607 10-in. 6/7/1917 Buzzin' the bee Lou Chiha Frisco Xylophone solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5689 10-in. 7/17/1917 Joan of Arc, they are calling you Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6040 10-in. Feb. 1918 Chimes of Normandy Helen Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 10064 10-in. 10/7/1924 Dream port Anthony F. Paganucci Piano solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wells, Jack," accessed February 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106776.

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