Burr joined in 1906 and managed 1910-28 a vocal group which recorded for Columbia as the Columbia Male Quartet and for Victor as the Peerless Quartet. A member of the quartet was Albert Campbell, a tenor with whom Burr recorded many duets. The two sang also as members of the Heidelberg Quintette and the Sterling Trio. Altogether Burr is known to have worked with some 15 ensembles and to have recorded on 76 labels. In 1915 McClaskey organized the Paroquette Record Manufacturing Co, and for a few years he operated a music publishing firm under his own name in New York. He wrote the words of Ray Perkins' 'Stand Up and Sing for Your Father an Old-Time Tune'. Burr began his radio career in the early 1920s on the Goodrich Zippers and Cities Service programs from New York. After his recording career waned, he was a great favourite singing oldtime ballads on WLS' 'National Barn Dance' from Chicago. In all, Burr recorded some 12,000 titles, of which about 3000 are listed in Roll Back the Years. Four of his performances have been reissued on cassette (Vintage 1001, 1014). A draft of ongoing research on Henry Burr by Arthur Makosinski, including a discography, is deposited at the Stanford U Music Archive, and a major collection of his recordings is held at the National Library of Canada.
Author Edward B. Moogk
Walsh, Ulysses. 'Favourite pioneer recording artists,' Hobbies Magazine, Apr, May, Jun 1943
Links to Other Sites
Henry Burr, Anthology: The Original King of Pop
Listen to a wide selection of songs performed by Henry Burr, one of the most popular ballad-singing tenors in the acoustic era of recording. From the website for Archeophone Records.
A biography of Henry Burr from the Virtual Gramophone website (Library and Archives Canada.)
The Star of Bethlehem
Scroll down the list for "The Star of Bethlehem" performed by Canadian tenor Henry Burr. Click on "MP3" in the last column on the right. From "The Virtual Gramophone" website, Library and Archives Canada.