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Henry Burr
Born:  January 15, 1882
Died:  April 6, 1941
WLS National Barn Dance

About The Artist

Mr. Burr was 'making phonograph records back in the days of little wax cylinders.' He was the deal of ballad singers and sold millions of records. Was said to have been singing years and years before radio even began and had made more recordings than any other singer.

Joined the staff of WLS late in 1934 and was known to sing the songs of home and fireside with a great deal of feeling.

In the 1941 WLS Family Album they said he had been singing for 30 years, back in 1911 or so. He once toured the country with his own troup, Eight Popular Victor Artists. Two of his recordings, "Goodnight Little Girl, Goodnight" and "Old Gray Bonnet" were said to have sold nearly 3,000,000 copies each from coast to coast.

Had a great voice that made listeners think, "That's just the way I'd like to sing!" They call it singing from the heart. Once noted that he still got 'mike fright' whenever he sang on a broadcast.

Sound Sample—(YouTube Video Format)

I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

Appearance History This Month

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  2670 A Over Yonder Where The Lilies Grow
  2670 B The Rose Of No Man's Land
  A2995 A Old Pal, Why Don't You Answer Me?
  A2995 B Avalon
Columbia Special Advertisement
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  Unknown A Good Night, Little Girl, Good Night
Montgomery Ward
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  4808 A I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (w/Peerless Quartet)
  4808 B Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere (w/Peerless Quartet)
  8021 B I Want A Pardon For My Daddy (w/Frank Stanley)
  8128 A In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20011 A Pickaninny Blues
  20011 B Other Side By Oula H. Evans
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  18781 A I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
  18781 B When The Corn Is Waving, Annie Dear
  19131 A Just A Girl That Men Forgot
  19131 B Other Side By John Steel
  19180 A I'm Sitting Pretty In A Pretty Little City (With Albert Campbell)
  19180 B Other Side By Peerless Quartet
  20098 A Other Side By Peerless Quartet
  20098 B The Prisoner's Sweetheart

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