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Now, for the first time ever on CD, Archeophone presents the songs of Henry Burr, the most popular and most prolific ballad-singing tenor of the acoustic era of recording. Here are his biggest hits: "Come Down, Ma Evenin' Star," "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree," "Love Me and the World Is Mine," "M-O-T-H-E-R," "A Baby's Prayer at Twilight," and so many more. We've got a great cross-section of material from throughout Burr's career and highlighted the duets, trios, and quartets that he sang in.

The Most Prolific Tenor
Probably no one, not even Billy Murray, participated in as many recordings in the acoustic era as Henry Burr. He was born in Canada as Harry McClaskey, and he originally wanted to be a concert singer and to perform sacred hymns, such as he did in one of his first recording sessions, waxing "The Holy City." His voice had a very serious sound to it, which you can hear on songs like the traditional Scottish song, "Loch Lomond," "Silver Threads Among the Gold," and the pathetic "Mighty Lak' a Rose."

The Dean of Ballad Singers
But Harry warmed to the horn and soothed the hearts of audiences for over 25 years with his impeccable delivery of the most beautiful ballads the world has heard. You can hear his newly mature voice on "I've Got the Time, I've Got the Place, But It's Hard to Find the Girl" and the big hit, "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now," and a few years later on the perennial favorite, "When You and I Were Young, Maggie."

The Best of Team Players
Henry Burr had trouble in his business and managerial relationships, which are chronicled in Anthology's thorough notes by Burr expert Arthur Makosinski, but when it came to singing, no one could harmonize as well or let his partners shine as brightly as Henry Burr. You can hear him with his first partner, Frank Stanley, on "Shine on, Harvest Moon," or with his longest and most successful partner, Albert Campbell, on the smash hit, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles." But we've also got Burr duets with Ada Jones on the novelty piece, "What Do You Mean, You Didn't Want to Do It?" and with Billy Murray on the early electric number, "I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight?"

Introducing the Peerless Quartet
Additionally, Burr was a consummate team player on early Peerless Quartet songs-and the two songs on Anthology back up the boast of the quartet's name. From Franz Lehar's worldwide success The Merry Widow, the Peerless introduce "Women," a masterpiece of early acoustic recording technology. Burr and his partners trade lines and harmonize masterfully in this 1908 recording, when basso Frank Stanley was in charge of the group. From 1917, when Burr was the leader of the Peerless, we have "America, Here's My Boy!" a rousing pro-World War I piece.

Going Out in Style
Unlike many of his early stable mates, Henry Burr made the transition from the acoustic to electrical era of recording technology. His sweet tenor is still on beautiful display on the Irving Berlin classic, "Always," as well as the unforgettable "Are You Lonesome To-Night?" "Cross Roads" is one of Burr's last recordings, and he is still at his best on the 1928 record. Over his last dozen years, Henry continued to sing the classic songs he and his audiences loved the best.

The importance of this collection is immense. Everyone who has hear of old records has heard the name of Henry Burr, but never before have his songs been collected on CD. With this, our second Anthology collection, Archeophone shows once again why we are the leader in issuing the most important acoustic-era artists.

Tracks The Holy City Come Down, Ma Evenin' Star Silver Threads Among the Gold Loch Lomond In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree Love Me and the World Is Mine Mighty Lak' a Rose Women Shine on, Harvest Moon I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now I've Got the Time, I've Got the Place, But It's Hard to Find the Girl Last Night Was the End of the World Peg o' My Heart What Do You Mean, You Didn't Want to Do It? Everything Reminds Me of That Old Sweetheart of Mine Stay Down Here Where You Belong M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me) America, Here's My Boy! A Baby's Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There) Hush-A-Bye, Ma Baby (Missouri Waltz) When You and I Were Young, Maggie I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles My Buddy I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight Always Are You Lonesome Tonight? Cross Roads

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Music, Albums, Tin Pan Alley Pop, American Popular Song

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Artist:  Henry Burr
Label:  Archeophone
Genre:  American popular Song
Release Date:  March 17, 2005
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Who was Henry Burr and why would anyone spend good money to listen to recordings that were made 75 to 100 years ago? According to the liner notes provided with the just released CD simply titled "Anthology", Henry Burr is perhaps the most prolific recording artist of all-time. Burr himself "participated in over 5000 recordings, issued and reissued on somewhere between 8000 and 12000 discs and cylanders, on well over 100 labels--whether as a solo artist, in duets, trios or quartets." Indeed, during …
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