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Billy Golden

Billy Golden (William B. Shires) (1858–1926) performed in a blackface act in vaudeville beginning in 1874. He made his first recordings for Columbia Records around 1893 and began recording for Eldridge R. Johnson and what would become the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. Golden specialized in blackface dialect comedy, with a vivid portrayal of an old-time character full of unrestrained glee and wit. He is best remembered for various versions of "Turkey in the Straw" and "Rabbit Hash."

The following recordings featuring Billy Golden are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Vocalist Amateur night on the Bowery Descriptive scene, with male vocal trio Spencer Trio 27-SEP-04
Vocalist Turkey in de straw Male vocal solo, with orchestra Billy Golden 25-SEP-06
Vocalist Turkey in de straw Male vocal solo, with orchestra Billy Golden 25-NOV-08
Vocalist Turkey in de straw Male vocal solo, with orchestra Billy Golden 10-MAY-05
Vocalist Turkey in de straw Male vocal solo, with piano Billy Golden 31-OCT-01
Vocalist Bye, bye, ma honey Male vocal solo, with piano Billy Golden 31-OCT-01
Vocalist Roll on the ground Male vocal solo Billy Golden 01-SEP-03
Vocalist Yaller gal (Laughing song) Male vocal duet, with piano Billy Golden 31-OCT-01
Vocalist Turkey in de straw Male vocal solo, with piano Billy Golden 02-MAY-02
Vocalist Sisseretta's visit to the North Monologue, with orchestra Billy Golden 25-SEP-06