Recorded June 26, 1912
Will Oakland was born Herman Hinrichs in Jersey City, New Jersey to German-American immigrant parents. Oakland began singing after leaving the US Army in 1905 joining Lew Dockstader’s minstrels. He began recording for Edison Records in 1908 often with Billy Murray sometimes singing the female part in love songs. Oakland sang woeful, sentimental songs that contrasted with Murray’s usually upbeat performances. Starting in 1912 Oakland recorded in the Heidelberg Quintet.
On June 26, 1912 Oakland and the Heidelberg Quartet went into the Victor Recording studios in Camden, New Jersey and recorded “Way Down South”.