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Peerless Quartet

Shaped in the past due 1890s for cylinder recordings from the forerunner of Columbia Files, this vocal group was initially referred to as the Columbia Quartet (sometimes assorted as Columbia Quartette and Columbia Male Quartet). The first line-up presented first tenor Albert Campbell, second tenor Wayne Kent Reynard, baritone Joe Belmont and bass Joe Majors. The employees assorted over the following couple of years, with George J. Gaskin briefly changing Reynard before providing method to Henry Burr, and Tom Daniels changing Majors until changed by Frank C. Stanley. Arthur Collins and Bob Roberts also produced appearances within the Columbia/Peerless organizations. By the middle-1900s the group got settled as 1st tenor Campbell, second tenor Burr, baritone Steve Porter and bass Stanley. They produced several popular information for the business and were ultimately offered use other labels, significant Edison and Victor Information. Just as specific artists were generally freelance in those times so as well was the quartet but also for these other documenting sessions they used the name Peerless. With time, Columbia as well utilized the name Peerless even though same business also called them the Climax Quartette when documenting to get a subsidiary label of this name. Confusingly, the Climax Quartette name was also utilized by the Haydn Quartet, which got different people (John H. Bieling, Harry Macdonough, S.H. Dudley and William F. Hooley) when saving for Victor, while this same group documented for Edison because the Edison Male Quartet. Furthermore to their personal records like a quartet, the group occasionally documented as accompanists to performers such as for example George H. O’Connor (‘Down WHERE IN FACT THE Sugary Potatoes Grow’), and Irving Kaufman (‘Hail! Hail! The Gang’s All Right here’). One of the songs documented by Columbia/Peerless are ‘That Raggedy Rag’, ‘Onward Christian Military’ and ‘My Creole Sue’.

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