Burr & Campbell - I'm forever blowing bubbles (1919)





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Published on Jun 24, 2008

While still in his teens (probably in 1902), Burr began recording for Columbia. The first Columbia recording on which his name appeared was released in 1904. In 1906, he joined the Columbia Male Quartet, which recorded under the name Peerless Quartet for the Victor label. He assumed the leadership of the group in 1910, managing it until 1928. Over the years, he recorded under many names -- Harry McClaskey, Henry Burr and Irving Gillette, to name a few. He also sang with a number of ensembles, including the Heidelberg Quintette and the Sterling Trio, and performed many popular duets with Albert Campbell. In 1915, he assembled a touring troupe of the most popular Victor recording artists, including singers Billy Murray, Arthur Collins, Albert Campbell and banjo player Vess Ossman. After several years of recording as a freelance artist, Burr signed a lucrative, exclusive contract with Victor and continued to manage and tour with the "Eight Popular Victor Artists" troupe. The troupe also starred on the "Goodrich Zippers" and the "Cities Service" radio programmes. When, after a management change in 1927, Victor decided not to renew the ensemble's contract, Burr disbanded the group and assumed the position of programme director for the Columbia Broadcasting Company (later CBS).

Albert Campbell & Irving Gillette (Burr & Campbell) - I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919)

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