Premier Quartet a.k.a American Quartet

PREMIER QUARTET is the name used when a popular quartet made recordings for Edison. The quartet, formed in 1909 originally consisted of:

John Bieling, first tenor

Billy Murray, second tenor

Steve Porter, baritone

William F. Hooley, bass

This quartet was known as the American Quartet on Victor recordings. A few other groups also used the name American Quartet.

The makeup of the Premier/American Quartet changed several times. Robert D. Amour replaced John Bieling in late 1913. John Young replaced Amour in mid-1915. Donald Chalmers replaced Hooley in mid-1918.

In mid-1920 Billy Murray began an exclusive contract with Victor. The American Quartet then consisted of:

Billy Murray, tenor

Albert Campbell, tenor

John H. Meyer, baritone

Frank Croxton, bass

Edison therefore assembled a new group of singers for the Premier Quartet:

Charles Hart, first tenor

Billy Jones, second tenor

Steve Porter, baritone

Harry J. Donaghy, bass

You will find more details in "The Encyclopedia of Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895-1925" compiled by Tim Gracyk.


Biographical source: "The Encyclopedia of Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895-1925" compiled by Tim Gracyk.


 

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