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Fay Templeton

Fay Templeton (December 25, 1865 – October 3, 1939) was an American actress, singer, songwriter, and comedian.

Her parents were actors/vaudevillians and she followed in their footsteps, making her Broadway debut in 1900. Templeton excelled on the legitimate and vaudeville stages for more than half a century. She was a favorite headliner and heroine of popular theater, appearing until 1934. For a time she dated Sam Shubert, of the Shubert family of theatre owners, up until his death in a railroad accident.

Some of her notable performances were in H.M.S. Pinafore and Roberta. In an age of buxom beauties, she was particularly buxom, playing romantic leads despite her weight.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 25, 1865 (Little Rock), Died October 3, 1939 (San Francisco)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1921

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 190 7-in. 2/21/1896 I want yer, ma honey Artists vary Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Berliner 991 7-in. 4/17/1896 Ma onliest one Artists vary Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Berliner 0105 7-in. Before June 1899 Ma onliest one Len Spencer Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Columbia 80050 10-in. 11/4/1921 Ma onliest one Harry C. Browne Male vocal solo and banjo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Templeton, Fay," accessed January 28, 2022,

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"Templeton, Fay." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 January 2022.

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