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Henry Burr

Henry Burr was the pseudonym adopted by Canadian-born tenor Harry McClaskey (1882–1941) when he began making phonograph records in 1902. The record business was then so poorly regarded that some performers thought using their real names in the new industry could tarnish their reputations. Burr's forward-sounding, nasal voice quality made him instantly recognizable on records, even in the midst of a quartet or chorus. Still, his voice blended beautifully and he was much in demand. Before 1920, he probably recorded more performances than any other artist—1200, according to estimates by the record historian Jim Walsh. Burr was a charter member of the famous Peerless Quartet, and in 1910, with the death of its founder Frank C. Stanley, he became its leader and manager. Burr frequently recorded in duet with fellow Peerless member Albert Campbell.

The following recordings featuring Henry Burr are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Whistling Jim Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Peerless Quartet 1912-10-17
Vocalist - Tenor vocal My bird of paradise Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Peerless Quartet 1915-04-07
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Always take a girl named Daisy ('cause daisies won't tell) Male vocal duet, with orchestra Henry Burr; Albert Campbell 1913-07-25
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Why did you make me care? Male vocal solo, with orchestra Henry Burr 1913-02-06
Vocalist - Tenor vocal I've got the time, I've got the place, but it's hard to find the girl Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Henry Burr 1910-08-16
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Minstrels, no. 17 Minstrels, with orchestra Victor Minstrel Company 1910-10-27
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Minstrels, no. 18 Minstrels, with orchestra Victor Minstrel Company 1910-10-27
Vocalist - Tenor vocal At the devil's ball Male vocal quartet, with orchestra Peerless Quartet 1913-03-06
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Rubetown Minstrels Minstrels, with orchestra Victor Minstrel Company 1913-03-06
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Let me see your rainbow smile Male vocal duet, with bells and orchestra Henry Burr; Albert Campbell 1913-03-18