Recorded October 14, 1912
Billy Murray was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 1877. He joined a traveling vaudeville troupe in 1893 and also performed in minstrel shows early in his career. In 1897 Murray made his first recordings in San Francisco, California. In 1903 he started recording regularly in the New York City and New Jersey which were the centers of recorded music. In 1906 Murray started recording with Ada Jones and became one of the most popular recording artists in America. Along with John Bieling, Steve Porter and William F. Hooley they formed the American Quartet for Victor Records. The same group recorded for Edison Records as the Premier Quartet and recorded with Will Oakland as the Heidelberg Quintet.