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:
|Artist Role||Title||Description||Primary Performer(s)||Date|
|Vocalist||The weddin' o'er the hill||Male vocal solo||Billy Golden||1901-10-31|
|Vocalist||Rabbit hash||Male vocal solo, unaccompanied||Billy Golden||1908-11-24|
|Vocalist||Turkey in de straw||Male vocal solo, with piano||Billy Golden||1903-09-01|
|Vocalist||Roll on the ground||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Billy Golden||1905-05-10|
|Vocalist||Turkey in de straw||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Billy Golden|