William "Tell" Taylor (aka Tellie né Tell Roberts;(October 28, 1876 – November 23, 1930). Tell was born 28 October 1876 to Clarinda Jane Roberts (1854-1930) and John Asbury Taylor (1853-1928), on a farm near the Village of Vanlue, Amanda Township, Hancock County, Ohio. He was an American traveling vaudeville performer, tenor vocalist, playwright, music publisher, composer, and lyricist who had written over 200 popular songs. His biggest hit was "Down by the Old Mill Stream" from 1910, one of the most commercially successful Tin Pan Alley publications of the era. The song was published by Forster Music Publisher, Inc. of Chicago. Taylor performed vaudeville theaters and founded a Chicago music publishing house bearing his name. His other notable songs include "He Sleeps Beneath the Soil of France," "I Love You Best of All," "If Dreams Come True," "Little Old Home in the Valley," "Rock Me to Sleep in the Old Rocking Chair," "Some Day," and "When the Maple Leaves Were Falling." Taylor also wrote the Broadway comedies Tiger Lillee and In New York Town.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 14th, 1876
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-11030||10-in.||9/28/1911||Down by the old mill stream||Orpheus Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-11074||10-in.||10/10/1911||Down by the old mill stream||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-14401||10-in.||1/29/1914||When the maple leaves were falling||Edna Brown ; James F. Harrison||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17345||10-in.||3/21/1916||I love you best of all||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with flute and orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-18562||10-in.||10/18/1916||When that little yellow fellow play piano (Hannah plays banjo)||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with banjo, piano, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38168||10-in.||3/14/1927||Rock me to sleep in an old rocking chair||Elliott Shaw||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43386||10-in.||3/21/1928||Down by the old mill stream||National Cavaliers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||LBRC-71762||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||7/1/1932||Missouri waltz||Buddy Clark ; Gus Arnheim Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-75482||10-in.||4/27/1933||Rock me to sleep in an old rocking chair||Judy Rogers||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-014615||10-in.||10/4/1937||Down by the old mill stream||The Old Timer's Orchestra ; Jimmy Ray||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-019860||10-in.||2/23/1938||Down by the old mill stream||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-042553||10-in.||3/7/1940||Down by the old mill stream||Kenny Baker ; David Broekman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-053102||10-in.||5/20/1940||Down by the old mill stream||Capitol City Four||Male vocal quartet, with organ||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||3096||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Apr. 1905||Tommy (tell me true)||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||3710||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Oct. 1907||Peerless MInstrels||Peerless Quartet ; Frank C. Stanley||Minstrels and male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||19410||10-in.||6/15/1911||Down by the old mill stream||Brunswick Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W140681||10-in.||6/16/1925||Down by the old mill stream||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W141065||10-in.||9/30/1925||Down by the old mill stream||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W144978||10-in.||11/14/1927||Rock me to sleep in an old rocking chair||Mona Motor Oil Twins||Male vocal duet, with guitar||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||S-70614||10-in.||ca. 4/10/1922||Down by the old mill stream||Excelsior Quartette||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||W80455||10-in.||2/21/1927||Rock me to sleep in an old rocking chair||Ray-O-Vacs||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E23135-E23137||10-in.||5/13/1927||Down by the old mill stream||Dixieland Four||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Edison||3392||10-in.||10/2/1914||Down by the old mill stream||Arthur C. Clough||Tenor vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||4773||10-in.||6/6/1916||When that little yellow fellow plays piano (Hannah plays banjo)||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Vocalion||713W-714W||10-in.||4/15/1925||Down by the old mill stream||Uncle Dave Macon ; Uncle Dave Macon||Male vocal solo, with banjo||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Tell," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107037.
Taylor, Tell. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107037.
"Taylor, Tell." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.
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