Tell Taylor

William "Tell" Taylor (aka Tellie 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, Died November 23rd, 1930

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 26-27 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-27 of 27 records)


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"Taylor, Tell." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.

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