Thursday, August 29, 2013

Byron Harlan: His Top 50 Songs

Byron Harlan was born on August 29, 1861 and died September 11, 1936. He ranked as one of the most famous singers of the first quarter of the 20th century. He made a name for himself as a solo artist who sang ragtime and minstrel humor and as half of a duo with Arthur Collins. He racked up 24 number one songs (marked by #1) and has seven featured in the DMDB list of the top songs of all time (DMDB 1000). In honor of his birthday here are his top songs:

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (with Arthur Collins, 1911) #1 DMDB 1000
2. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907) #1 DMDB 1000
3. My Gal Sal (1907) #1 DMDB 1000
4. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906) #1 DMDB 1000
5. The Darktown Strutters’ Ball (with Arthur Collins, 1918) #1 DMDB 1000
6. The Aba Daba Honeymoon (with Arthur Collins, 1914) #1 DMDB 1000
7. Hello Central, Give Me Heaven (1901) #1 DMDB 1000
8. Down Where the Wurzburger Flows (with Arthur Collins, 1902) #1
9. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You) (with Arthur Collins, 1911) #1
10. Blue Bell (with Frank Stanley, 1904) #1

11. When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (with Arthur Collins, 1913) #1
12. In My Merry Oldsmobile (with Arthur Collins, 1905)
13. The Right Church But the Wrong Pew (with Arthur Collins, 1909) #1
14. Down in Jungle Town (with Arthur Collins, 1908)
15. I Love the Ladies (with Arthur Collins, 1914) #1
16. Under the Yum Yum Tree (with Arthur Collins, 1911) #1
17. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet (1910)
18. Camp Meetin’ Time (with Arthur Collins, 1906) #1
19. Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door (1905) #1
20. Keep on the Sunny Side (1906)

21. Everybody’s Doin’ It Now (with Arthur Collins, 1912)
22. Oh How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wachi Woo (That’s Love in Honolulu) (1916) #1
23. How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree (1919)
24. Tell Me Pretty Maiden (with Frank Stanley, Joe Belmont, and Flordora Girls; 1901) #1
25. The Mansion of Aching Hearts (1902) #1
26. The Cubanola Glide (with Arthur Collins, 1910)
27. Alabama Jubilee (with Arthur Collins, 1915)
28. Under the Anheuser Busch (with Arthur Collins, 1904)
29. Snookey Ookums (with Arthur Collins, 1913)
30. Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay (with Arthur Collins, 1903) #1

31. Daddy’s Little Girl (1906)
32. The Good Old U.S.A. (1906) #1
33. Down Among the Sugar Cane (with Arthur Collins, 1909)
34. Coax Me (with Arthur Collins, 1905)
35. Always in the Way (1903)
36. Under the Bamboo Tree (with Arthur Collins, 1903)
37. The Old Grey Mare (Whiffle Tree) (with Arthur Collins, 1918)
38. Casey Jones (with Arthur Collins, 1910)
39. Would You Care? (1905)
40. The Battle Cry of Freedom (with Frank Stanley, 1905)

41. Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching Along) (with Frank Stanley, 1910) #1
42. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (with Arthur Collins, 1912)
43. All Aboard for Dreamland (1904) #1
44. The Memphis Blues (with Arthur Collins, 1915)
45. Oh You Circus Day (with Arthur Collins, 1912)
46. Tammany (with Arthur Collins, 1905)
47. Nobody’s Little Girl (1907) #1
48. Chicken Reel (with Frank Stanley, 1911)
49. Won’t You Come Over to My House? (1907)
50. Here Comes My Daddy Now (with Arthur Collins, 1913)


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