1913: "Come and See the Big Parade"
Various Artists

Various Artists: 1913: "Come and See the Big Parade"

24 hits from 1913, the year that Henry Ford rolled out his first fully operational assembly line. Big songs by Alan Turner, Ada Jones ("Row! Row! Row!"), Al Jolson's first sides for Columbia ("Pullman Porters Parade" and "You Made Me Love You"), the Peerless Quartet, Campbell and Burr doing "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine", Charles Harrison with "Peg O' My Heart," and spirited numbers by Prince's Band ("Too Much Mustard") and the American Quartet, plus many more. Deluxe, full-color 24-page booklet features detailed notes on the songs, an historical essay, and rare graphics. List price: $17.49


  • Catalogue number: ARCH 9005
  • UPC: 656605923420
  • Original release date: December 1, 2001
  • Running length: 73:39 / 24 tracks
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 24-page full-color booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1912-1913
  • Contains racially derogatory language
  • In Archeophone’s Phonographic Yearbook series
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1. Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold Alan Turner 1912
2. Row! Row! Row! Ada Jones 1912
3. When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam’ Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan 1912
4. There’s a Girl in the Heart of Maryland Henry Burr and Edgar Stoddard 1913
5. That Old Girl of Mine American Quartet 1912
6. The Spaniard that Blighted My Life Al Jolson 1913
7. Fo’ de Lawd’s Sake Play a Waltz Elsie Janis 1912
8. Sympathy Helen Clark and Walter Van Brunt 1913
9. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Chauncey Olcott 1913
10. When I Lost You Henry Burr 1913
11. Bagdad Billy Murray 1912
12. Too Much Mustard Prince’s Band 1913
13. Woodman, Spare that Tree Bert Williams 1913
14. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Albert Campbell and Henry Burr 1913
15. Melinda’s Wedding Day Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan 1913
16. My Little Persian Rose Peerless Quartet 1912
17. Pullman Porters’ Parade Al Jolson 1913
18. Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay American Quartet 1913
19. Last Night Was the End of the World Henry Burr 1913
20. Peg O’My Heart Charles Harrison 1913
21. Snookey Ookums Billy Murray 1913
22. When It’s Apple Blossom Time in Normandy Marguerite Dunlap and Harry Macdonough 1912
23. Good-bye Summer! So Long Fall! Hello Winter Time! Peerless Quartet 1913
24. You Made Me Love You Al Jolson 1913

Symbols of industrial progress, Ford’s assembly line and the erection of the Woolworth Building in New York (then the world’s largest edifice) suggest a world on the move in 1913. Some of that feeling is reflected in Al Jolson’s “Pullman Porters’ Parade,” but it’s in contast to the rustic tone of Collins and Harlan’s “When that Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'” and “Melinda’s Wedding Day” (an early hit on Edison’s new 4-minute Blue Amberol cylinders).

Sentimental songs

Henry Burr sets the tone on “When I Lost You,” the moving ballad that Irving Berlin wrote for his deceased newlywed wife. Burr further shows his power on the dramatic “Last Night Was the End of the World,” while an affectionate note is struck by the American Quartet on “That Old Girl of Mine” and by Helen Clark and Walter Van Brunt on “Sympathy.” And Jolie turns in an amazing performance on “You Made Me Love You,” from his first recording session with Columbia.

Playful tunes

Comic songs such as Ada Jones’ “Row! Row! Row!,” Jolson’s “The Spaniard that Blighted My Life,” and Billy Murray’s “Snookey Ookums,” are all slightly naughty and all remained well-known for many years. The Peerless Quartet do the immediately catchy “Goodbye Summer, So Long Fall, Hello Winter Time,” and Elsie Janis performs her own “Fo’ de Lawd’s Sake Play a Waltz,” a tour-de-force that quotes 1912 hits “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” and “The Ragtime Violin.”

Irish paeans

Out of the many songs about Ireland and her people that were popular during 1913, Chauncey Olcott’s “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” (penned by the singer) and Charles Harrison’s “Peg O’My Heart” stand out. These tributes to old Erin’s isle are still sung today.

Trouble far away

War in the Balkans broke out in 1912 and again in 1913. Conflicts that seemed so remote to Americans would, within a few years, entangle the U.S. in World War I, making the Dunlap-Macdonough vehicle, “When It’s Apple Blossom Time in Normandy,” sound almost prophetic. Meanwhile, Queen Mary’s fondness for turbans sparked a fad in America, and fascination for the Persian world can be heard in “Bagdad” by Billy Murray, “My Little Persian Rose” by the Peerless Quartet, and “Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold” by Alan Turner.

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