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Don't Take Me Home

Artist: Eddie Morton

Catalogue Number: Columbia A742 [mx 4177, take 3]

Date: Recorded in New York; Released October 1909

Composer: Harry Von Tilzer


One of the things we find in assembling our various compilations is that there are often more takes released of a given track than have been previously attested to. This is especially true of Columbia issues. Here, for instance, is take 3 of "Don't Take Me Home" from Eddie Morton's second set of sessions for Columbia in the fall of 1909. Take 1 will be included on our upcoming volume 1 of Eddie's recordings, called The Sound of Vaudeville, but this take is just a little bit different than the one more commonly found.

Edward Farren Morton was born May 15, 1870 in Philadelphia. He worked as a policeman there for several years before "The Singing Cop" abandoned his beat for the vaudeville stage. He was featured prominently in the summer 1907 hit show, The Maid and the Millionaire, which played atop the Madison Square Garden Roof. A successful tour the next season in burlesque houses with M. M. Thiese's Rollickers led to more prominent bookings in the 1908-1909 and 1909-1910 seasons on United time in Keith's and Poli's vaudeville houses. Morton ceased making records in 1917 but played vaudeville until 1926, and for the last 20 years of his life operated a restaurant on the Wildwood, New Jersey boardwalk called Ed Morton's Little Bit of Broadway. He died on April 11, 1938 of a heart attack.

"Don't Take Me Home" was a big hit on the variety stage in 1908-1909, and Eddie recorded it more times than any other number: for Victor, Edison, Zonophone, and Columbia. It is probably his biggest hit, with the possible exception of "The Oceana Roll" (which will be featured on our second volume of Eddie Morton's recordings). The ad above, from Variety in 1908, says of "Don't Take Me Home": "The sensational comic song craze of the season....This is the biggest cinch hit that we have ever published. If you are singing it, write for extra verses."

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