1910: "Act Two, Scene New"
Various Artists

1910: “Act Two, Scene New”
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Various Artists: 1910: "Act Two, Scene New"

1910: "Act Two, Scene New" features 26 selections from 1910, the year the largest fire ever recorded in the U.S. consumed parts of Idaho, Montana, and Washington and set up a policy debate that lingers to this day about enviromental resource management. List price: $17.49


  • Catalogue number: ARCH 9015
  • UPC: 868490000289
  • Original release date: October 25,2019
  • Running length: 76:58 / 26 tracks
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 24-page full-color booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1907-1910
  • In Archeophone’s Phonographic Yearbook series
TracksProduct Description
1. By the Light of the Silv’ry Moon Billy Murray and Haydn Quartet 1909
2. Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon Ada Jones and American Quartet 1910
3. Where the River Shannon Flows Harry Macdonough 1909
4. Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? Nora Bayes 1910
5. That Lovin’ Rag Sophie Tucker 1910
6. Meet Me To-Night in Dreamland Henry Burr 1910
7. My Hero Lucy Marsh 1910
8. Any Little Girl, that’s a Nice Little Girl, Is the Right Little Girl for Me Walter Van Brunt 1910
9. Silver Bell Peerless Quartet 1910
10. The Cubanola Glide Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan 1910
11. Come Along My Mandy Nora Bayes & Jack Norworth 1910
12. Every Little Movement Lucy Marsh & Harry Macdonough 1910
13. Sadie Salome (Go Home) Bob Roberts 1909
14. That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan 1910
15. Carrie Billy Murray 1909
16. My Heart Has Learned to Love You, Now Do Not Say Good-bye Harry Macdonough & Haydn Quartet 1910
17. Play That Barber-Shop Chord Bert Williams 1910
18. Temptation Rag Prince’s Military Band 1910
19. Come After Breakfast Arthur Collins 1909
20. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Byron Harlan and Frank Stanley 1907
21. In the Valley of Yesterday Harry Macdonough 1909
22. Casey Jones Billy Murray and American Quartet 1910
23. I’ll Make a Ring Around Rosie Haydn Quartet 1910
24. What’s the Matter with Father? Billy Murray 1910
25. On a Monkey Honeymoon Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan 1909
26. You Ain’t Talking to Me Ed Morton 1909

If you thought that public fights over best practices for addressing forest fires was a recent phenomenon, welcome to the year 1910, when the Big Burn captured the headlines. Over two days in August 1910, the largest fire ever recorded in the U.S. consumed parts of Idaho, Montana, and Washington and set up a debate that lingers to this day about resource management. 1910 was also the year that the Boy Scouts of America was founded, in an effort to return city boys to the land and build them into future men of preparedness and service. In their khaki uniforms and hats, the Scouts bore no small resemblance to the rangers dutifully watching over the nation’s forests.

Against that background, tunesmiths such as Irving Berlin gave us songs that would also linger as our heritage to this very day. Berlin wrote “Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon” (performed by Ada Jones and the American Quartet), “Sadie Salome (Go Home)” (Bob Roberts), and “That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune” (Collins and Harlan), while Edward Madden and Gus Edwards gave us “By the Light of the Silv’ry Moon” (Billy Murray and Haydn Quartet) and Beth Slater Whitson and Leo Friedman penned “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland” (Henry Burr).

Sophie Tucker, Nora Bayes, Jack Norworth, and Walter Van Brunt had their first hits in 1910; and Frank C. Stanley (who died too soon in December 1910) had his last, as a member of the Peerless Quartet. And as the guard began changing in the recording business (now just a little more that 20 years old), the newly formed American Quartet, starring Billy Murray, scored with “Casey Jones” and took the baton from the Haydn Quartet, whose days were numbered.

All this and more in Archeophone’s 1910: “Act Two, Scene New”—the 19th installment in the series!

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