About The Artist
Herbert Haskell Wolfenbarger was a native of Knoxville, Tennessee who loved to play t he guitar and sing all kinds of songs ranging from pop hits of the time to traditional country and gospel numbers. As a 21-year old when he knew he would be doing a recording session for the Brunswick-Vocalion people, he bought a new Gibson guitar at the local Miles Music Stores for his two songs, one a Tin Pan Alley number from 1908, "My Little Girl" and the other the traditional "Sailing Out on the Ocean."
Research found a bit of a sidebar in a column ("Strolling") by Bert Vincent. It seems that Haskell Wolfenbarger and Verner Hall, both printers for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, were having breakfast at the Bijou Restaurant on South Gay Street in Knoxville. It was raining outside; miserable weather Bert wrote. But he noted that of all tunes to be heard, the radio was actually playing "The End Of A Perfect Day."
Despite the fairly high quality of his recording, Haskell Wolfenbarger chose not to pursue a musical career. Instead, he entered the printing trade and in 1932 went to work for the Knoxville News Sentinel. He and his wife Myrtle soon bought a farm near Maynardville in Union County and they reared their children there while he commuted to his job in Knoxville. Then in 1947, Haskell got a better job in Dayton, Ohio, and worked for either the Dayton Daily News or Journal-Herald and then for McCall's until he retired. He still loved to pick and sing, but mostly for his own and family amusement.
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