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
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