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Friday, April 6, 2012

Henry Burr, the #1 ballad singer of the pioneer era, died: April 6, 1941


Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 called Henry Burr “the #1 ballad singer of recorded music’s 1890-1930 pioneer era.” PM He was born Harry H. McClaskey on January 15, 1882, in New Brunswick, Canada. He often recorded under the pseudonymn “Irving Gillette.” From 1903 to 1928, he charted 116 songs as a solo artist and another 48 in a popular duo with Albert Campbell. He also worked with the Columbia Male Quartet (1904-07), Peerless Quartet (1907-28), Columbia Stellar Quartet (1915-?), and the Sterling Trio (1916-22). Burr sang on 31 songs which hit #1 (noted below) and 13 which make the DMDB’s top 1000 song of all time (also noted below). He is estimated to have sung on some 12,000 recordings – far more than any other vocalist in history. PM Here are his top 100 songs of all time as ranked by the DMDB:

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

1. Let Me Call You Sweetheart ( Peerless Quartet, 1911) #1 DMDB 1000
2. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (1909) #1 DMDB 1000
3. Till We Meet Again (with Arthur Campbell, 1919) #1 DMDB 1000
4. Beautiful Ohio (1919) #1 DMDB 1000
5. I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier ( Peerless Quartet, 1915) #1 DMDB 1000
6. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (as Irving Gillette, 1905) #1 DMDB 1000
7. Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (1918) #1 DMDB 1000
8. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans ( Peerless Quartet, 1922) DMDB 1000
9. My Buddy (1922) #1 DMDB 1000
10. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart) (Columbia Male Quartet, 1904) #1

I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now

11. M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me) (1916) #1 DMDB 1000
12. Over There ( Peerless Quartet, 1917) #1
13. For Me and My Gal (with Albert Campbell, 1917)
14. Always (1926)
15. When I Lost You (1913) #1 DMDB 1000
16. Love Me and the World Is Mine (1906) #1 DMDB 1000
17. Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (1910) #1 DMDB 1000
18. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (with Albert Campbell, 1919) #1
19. Dardanella (with Albert Campbell, 1920)
20. I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time (with Albert Campbell, 1920)

Till We Meet Again

21. After You’ve Gone (with Albert Campbell, 1918)
22. Peg O’ My Heart (1913)
23. I Want a Girl Just Like the One Who Married Dear Old Dad ( Peerless Quartet, 1911)
24. Oh What a Pal Was Mary (1919) #1
25. The Missouri Waltz (Hush-a-Bye Ma Baby) (with Albert Campbell, 1917)
26. What’ll I Do? (with Marcia Freer, 1924)
27. Goodbye Broadway, Hello France! ( Peerless Quartet, 1917)
28. Swanee ( Peerless Quartet, 1920)
29. By the Light of the Silvery Moon ( Peerless Quartet, 1910)
30. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (with Albert Campbell, 1913) #1

Beautiful Ohio

31. Last Night Was the End of the World (1913) #1
32. I’m on My Way to Mandalay (with Albert Campbell & Will Oakland, 1914) #1
33. Smiles (with Albert Campbell, 1918)
34. Rose of Washington Square (1920)
35. Goodbye, My Lady Love (1904)
36. Honey Boy (Columbia Male Quartet, 1907)
37. Feather Your Nest (with Albert Campbell, 1921)
38. There’s a Quaker Down in Quaker Town (with Albert Campbell, 1916) #1
39. Hindustna (with Albert Campbell, 1919)
40. My Hawaiian Sunshine (with Albert Campbell, 1917)

I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
(performed by Marilyn Horne)

41. Goodbye, Good Luck, God Bless You Is All That I Can Say (1916) #1
42. Hawaiian Butterfly (Sterling Trio, 1917)
43. Come Down, Ma Evening Star (1903) #1
44. The Ghost of the Violin ( Peerless Quartet, 1913)
45. Silver Bell ( Peerless Quartet, 1910)
46. I’m Sorry I Made You Cry (1918) #1
47. There’s a Girl in the Heart of Maryland with a Heart That Belongs to Me (with Edgar Stoddard, 1913)
48. When I Was Twenty-One and You Were Sweet Sixteen (with Albert Campbell, 1912) #1
49. When You’re a Long, Long Way from Home (1914)
50. The Song That Stole My Heart Away (1914) #1

51. My Sunny Tennessee ( Peerless Quartet, 1922)
52. Close to My Heart (with Albert Campbell, 1915) #1
53. Are You from Heaven? (1918)
54. To the End of the World with You (1909) #1
55. Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay (with Albert Campbell, 1913)
56. My Bird of Paradise ( Peerless Quartet, 1915) #1
57. If I Had My Way ( Peerless Quartet, 1914)
58. I’m Going to Follow the Boys (with Elizabeth Spencer, 1918)
59. That’s How I Need You (1912)
60. Daddy, You’ve Been a Mother to Me (1920)

In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree

61. At the Devil’s Ball ( Peerless Quartet, 1913)
62. I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m on My Way ( Peerless Quartet, 1918) #1
63. When My Baby Smiles at Me (1920)
64. Wonderful One (1924)
65. All Aboard for Dixieland ( Peerless Quartet with Ada Jones, 1914)
66. Faded Love Letters of Mine (1923)
67. It’s Tulip Time in Holland (1915)
68. When I Leave the World Behind (1923)
69. Long Boy (Goodbye, Ma! Goodbye, Pa! Goodbye, Mule) ( Peerless Quartet with Byron Harlan, 1918)
70. I May Be Gone for a Long, Long Time ( Peerless Quartet, 1917)

Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight

71. When My Ship Comes In (with Albert Campbell, 1915)
72. Goodbye, Boys ( Peerless Quartet, 1913)
73. Won’t You Come Over to My House? (1907)
74. Memories (as Hary McClaskey, 1916)
75. Baby Shoes (1916)
76. There’s a Little Lane without a Turning on the Way to Home Sweet Home (1915)
77. Where the River Shannon Flows (1910)
78. Don’t Take My Darling Boy Away ( Peerless Quartet, 1915)
79. Somewhere in France Is the Lily (1918)
80. Good Night, Little Girl, Good Night (1906)

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

81. Don’t Blame It All on Broadway ( Peerless Quartet, 1914)
82. Kentucky Days ( Peerless Quartet, 1912)
83. The Rosary (1903)
84. This Is the Life ( Peerless Quartet, 1914)
85. Joan of Arc, They Are Calling You (1917)
86. All That I Ask of You Is Love (1910)
87. I’m on My Way to Dublin Bay ( Peerless Quartet, 1915)
88. Just a Girl That Men Forget (1923)
89. Oh How I Wish I Could Sleep Until My Daddy Comes Home (1919)
90. That Wonderful Mother of Mine (1919)

My Buddy

91. My Little Girl (with Albert Campbell, 1915)
92. Tip Top Tipperary Mary ( Peerless Quartet, 1915)
93. When the Angelus Is Ringing ( Peerless Quartet, 1914)
94. You Planted a Rose in the Garden of Love (1914)
95. America, Here’s My Boy ( Peerless Quartet with Gene Greene, 1917)
96. On Mobile Bay (with Albert Campbell, 1911)
97. Jimmy Valentine ( Peerless Quartet, 1911)
98. He’s a Rag Picker ( Peerless Quartet, 1915)
99. Blue Bell (1904)
100. Just Like Washington Crossed the Delaware, General Pershing Will Cross the Rhine ( Peerless Quartet, 1918)

M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)


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