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Billy Murray
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    (May 25, 1877-August 17, 1954)
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Vaudeville performer
    Most popular recording star of the 1900s and 1910s
    Recorded more than 5,000 songs including 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game,' 'You're a Grand Old Flag,' 'K-K-K-Katy,' 'Over There,' 'On Moonlight Bay,' 'Give My Regards to Broadway,' 'Alexander's Ragtime Band,' 'In My Merry Oldsmobile,' 'Shine On Harvest Moon,' 'Play a Simple Melody' and 'In the Good Old Summertime'
    Provided the voice of Bimbo in Max Fleischer cartoons
    Nicknamed 'the Denver Nightingale'
    He performed in black face in minstrel shows.
    His earliest wax cylinder recordings have been lost.
    He sometimes skipped recording sessions to attend baseball games.
    His stentorian singing style went out of fashion in the 1920s when improved microphones allowed singers to croon.
    He was married three times, divorced twice.
    He was the first singer to make a living primarily from records instead of live performances.
    He had strong lungs and excellent enunciation, two key assets in the pre-microphone era of recordings.
    One vintage vinyl collector noted, 'Billy Murray's records are the only ones so clear that you could catch every word on first hearing.'
    The New York Highlanders let him play right field during some exhibition games.
    He provided the vocals for several popular 'follow the bouncing ball' sing-along cartoon shorts.

Credit: C. Fishel

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