A blog for the documentation of the earliest recording business.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Will F. Denny(or Denney) pictured on a piece of sheet music to a tune I don't recall that he ever recorded.
Dedicated to Vess L Ossman, America's Greatest Banjoist, " in the left corner of the cover, rare composition composed and published by Fred Hylands, 1898
This is the oldest known photograph of tenor Byron G. Harlan (half of the famous duo Collins and Harlan), as from a piece of sheet music with a common title among old sheet music collectors, but this is a very unusual photograph that made me gasp when I found it, I couldn't believe that there was ever a photograph of Harlan prior to the one that i have(listed below). This was taken around 1894-1898, judging by the age of Harlan and by what they're wearing. The full name of his partner here, not known as a partner of Harlan's to me before I found this picture, is unknown other than just "Yost"
a VERY rare image of a younger "B. G. Harlan(with the even rarer stage name "The Western Tenor") from around 1898-99, on a piece of sheet music that I own(I took this picture myself, so the quality may not be the best) published IN 1899, not 1900 or a few years after like some sheet music can end up being. This sheet music was also published by the uncommonly found publisher "Weber, Fields, and Stromberg" which did not last very long. This picture can be observed as not as old as the last one, really take a look. Harlan never recorded the song that this is pictured on, "Because she Loved Him So" is the title.
an interesting specimen of mid-1890's sheet music, this time picturing the famous Welsh baritone of the 1890's who began recording in 1891, J. W. Myers from around 1892-95
Also following the sheet recording artists on sheet music trend, this is a somewhat common image of the famous "King Of Comic Songs" Dan W. Quinn pictured here on a piece of sheet music that he never decided to record, but most likely to his nature of learning every new song probably read through it. This image Quinn matches up pretty well with another photograph taken around 1900 surrounded by several of his fellow recording artists, so this must have been taken around 1900 or 1901, also judging by his looks in general.
a Common singer in the world of Ragtime in general, Arthur Collins, was very rarely pictured on sheet music, but examples such as this one are of tunes that he recorded and made major "hits" with them, Collins recorded this one on a Victor in early 1906.
the last one for this section of recording artists pictured on sheet music is an unusual image of the "Silver-voiced Irish Tenor" George J. Gaskin on a title that he did eventually record on a Columbia brown wax cylinder. the photograph of Gaskin is first seen in the November 1896 issue of The Phonoscope.