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American Recording Pioneers

Arthur Fields
Edison Blue Amberol
Cylinderography

Excerpts from Edison Blue Amberol Cylinders (U.S., Foreign and Special Issues) — the complete Blue Amberol cylinderography

   

Fields was featured in a full-page Edison ad that ran in the Literary Digest (above),
Saturday Evening Post, and other major magazines in April 1919. Fields is second
from the left, standing next to the phonograph; seated to his left are Byron G.
Harlan and Arthur Collins. (Mainspring Press collection)



Arthur Fields' Edison recordings fall into two groups: Those made prior to his signing of an exclusive Emerson contract in September 1919 (consisting almost entirely of solo performances), and those made after his return to Edison in early 1926 (consisting largely of vocal choruses on dance-band records). In the intervening years, Fields had endured a run of career setbacks, including the loss of his Emerson contract after that company went into receivership, and the failure of his Arthur Fields Song Shop and Arthur Fields Melody Record ventures.

Many of Fields' Blue Amberols of the 1916–19 period were dubbed from disc masters that were rejected for release on the more expensive and prestigious Diamond Discs. Thus, except for disc test pressings held by the Edison National Historic Site, these titles exist solely in dubbed-cylinder form.

In the following cylinderograph, R: is the date of release. Diamond Disc catalog numbers are shown in parentheses following the disc matrix number and take-lette. Edison usually recorded three takes of each title (lettered -A, -B, and -C for the original session; -F, -G, and -H for the first remake session, etc.), from which one take would be selected for dubbing to cylinder. Only the takes selected for dubbing are shown here.

Raw data were compiled from the Edison studio cash books, weekly transmittal sheets, and other file documentation; cross-checked against the original records, catalogs, and supplements; and then correlated by Allan Sutton. Our thanks to Raymond Wile for information on the selected takes, and to Gerald Fabris of ENHS for providing the Edison documentation and data.


Arthur Fields Blue Amberol Cylinderography

2930 (R: Aug 1916) Disc mx: 4629-C (no disc issue) NY: Apr 4, 1916
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
What’s the use of going home (when there’s nobody there to love)? (Clarke-McCarthy-Monaco)
     
3087 (R: Feb 1917) Disc mx: 5150-C (50414-L) NY: Nov 16, 1916
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Honolulu, America loves you (We’ve got to hand it to you) (Clarke-Monaco)
     
3112 (R: Mar 1917) Disc mx: 5203-C
(50421-R assigned but not issued)
NY: Dec 7, 1916
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Don’t leave me, daddy (Verges)
     
3163 (R: May 1917) Disc mx: 5311-A (no disc issue) NY: Jan 23, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Rolling stones (all come rolling home again) (Gottler)
     
3197 (R: Jun 1917) Disc mx: 5451-C (50439-L) NY: Mar 15, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Everybody loves a “jass” band (Flatow)
     
3238 (R: Aug 1917) Disc mx: 5502-C (no disc issue) NY: Apr 12, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Hong Kong (Pascoe-Holstein-Sanders; “Any Old Thing”)
     
3245 (R: Aug 1917) Disc mx: 5551-C (no disc issue) NY: May 10, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
The man behind the hammer and the plow (H. von Tilzer)
     
3257 (R: Sep 1917) Disc mx: 5461-C (no disc issue) NY: Mar 20, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Oh, what wonderful things one little girl can do (Schuster-Glogau)
     
3260 (R: Sep 1917) Disc mx: 5521-C (50433-L) NY: Apr 24, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Where do we go from here? (Johnson-Wenrich)
     
3266 (R: Sep 1917) Disc mx: 5583-C (50442-L) NY: May 24, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
My Yokohama girl (Tierney; “Passing Show of 1917”)
Chorus is Carolina Lazzari, Gladys Rice, and Marion Evelyn Cox.
     
3299 (R: Oct 1917) Disc mx: 5312-A ( no disc issue) NY: Jan 23, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
You may hold a million girlies in your arms (but there’s only room for one down in your heart) (Fisher)
     
3321 (R: Oct 1917) Disc mx: 5687-C (50443-R) NY: Jul 17, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
Goodbye Broadway, hello France! (Reisner-Davis-Baskette)
Chorus is Harvey Hindermeyer, Steve Porter, and William F. Hooley.
     
3324 (R: Oct 1917) Disc mx: 5712-C (50444-R) NY: Jul 26, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Send me away with a smile (Weslyn-Piantadosi)
     
3328 (R: Nov 1917) Disc mx: 5679-C (50467-L) NY: Jul 12, 1917
New York Military Band     Vcl: Male quartet
When Johnny marches away (Hager)
The vocal quartet is Vernon Dalhart, Arthur Fields, Steve Porter, and William F. Hooley.
     
3340 (R: Dec 1917) Disc mx: 5660-C (no disc issue) NY: Jul 3, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Mother, Dixie and you (Johnson-Santly)
     
3350 (R: Dec 1917) Disc mx: 5728-C (no disc issue) NY: Aug 3, 1917
Helen Clark (as Grace Woods) & Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Whose little heart are you breaking now? (Berlin)
     
3368 (R: Jan 1918) Disc mx: 5790-C (50449-R) NY: Sep 18, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
It’s a long way to Berlin, but we’ll get there (Fields-Flatow)
Chorus is Billy Murray, John Young, Steve Porter, and Donald Chalmers (i.e., the Premier Quartet).
     
3378 (R: Jan 1918) Disc mx: 5847-C (50457-R) NY: Oct 16, 1917
Arthur Fields, assisted by Helen Clark (as Grace Woods)     Acc: Orchestra
I don’t want to get well (I’m in love with a beautiful nurse)  (Pease-Johnson-Jentes)
     
3447 (R: Apr–May 1918) Disc mx: 5905-C (no disc issue) NY: Dec 4, 1917
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
When Yankee Doodle learns to parlez-vous Francais (Nelson)
Chorus is Hazel Collins, Gladys Rice, and Marion Evelyn Cox.
     
3528 (R: Aug 1918) Disc mx: 6125-C (50492-R) NY: Apr 16, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
Just like Washington crossed the Delaware, General Pershing will cross the Rhine (Meyer)
Chorus is Gladys Rice, Marion Evelyn Cox, Billy Murray, John Young, Steve Porter, and Donald Chalmers (the latter four comprising the Premier Quartet).
     
3531 (R: Aug 1918) Disc mx: 6144-C (no disc issue) NY: Apr 25, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
That grand old gentleman, Uncle Sam (Edwards)
Chorus is Helen Clark, Marion Evelyn Cox, John Young, and George Wilton Ballard.
     
3553 (R: Sep 1918) Disc mx: 6168-C (no disc issue) NY: May 9, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France (Bryan)
     
3568 (R: Oct 1918) Disc mx: 6226-C (50495-R) NY: Jun 14, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
We’re all going calling on the Kaiser (Caddigan-Brennan)
Chorus is John Young, George Reardon, and Donald Chalmers (i.e., the Criterion Quartet).
     
3601 (R: Nov 1918) Disc mx: 6320-D (50476-L) NY: Aug 1, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Oh! Frenchy (Conrad-Ehrlich)
     
3639 (R: Feb 1919) Disc mx: 6287-B (no disc issue) NY: Jul 16, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Oh! How I hate to get up in the morning (Berlin)
     
3642 (R: Feb 1919) Disc mx: 6394-C (no disc issue) NY: Oct 3, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
I ain’t got weary yet (Johnson-Wenrich)
Chorus is Billy Murray, John Young, Steve Porter, and Donald Chalmers (i.e., the Premier Quartet).
     
3649 (R: Feb 1919) Disc mx: 6438-C (50497-R) NY: Oct 31, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
Ja-da (ja-da, ja-da, jing jing jing) (Carleton)
Chorus is John Young, Steve Porter, and Donald Chalmers.
     
3659 (R: Feb 1919) Disc mx: 6351-B ( no disc issue) NY: Sep 6, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
You’ll find old Dixieland in France (Clarke-Meyer; “Midnight Frolic”)
     
3680 (R: Mar 1919) Disc mx: 6472-? (50502-L) NY: Nov 21, 1918, or Jan 16, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Jim, Jim, I always knew that you’d win (Ryan-Hanlon-H. von Tilzer)
Six disc takes were made in two sessions, but it is not clear from the documentation which one was dubbed to cylinder.
     
3704 (R: Apr 1919) Disc mx: 6513-C (50512-R) NY: Dec 19, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
Madelon (I’ll be true to the whole regiment) (Bousquet-Robert-Bryan)
Chorus is Billy Murray, John Young, Steve Porter, Donald Chalmers, and Edward Meeker (the first four comprising the Premier Quartet).
     
3713 (R: May 1919) Disc mx: 6542-C (50518-L) NY: Jan 2, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
Oh Helen! (McCarron-Morgan)
Chorus is Billy Murray, Charles Hart, Steve Porter, and Frederic Thomas.
     
3721 (R: May 1919) Disc mx: 6523-C (50517-L) NY: Dec 24, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Singapore (Gilbert-Friedland)
     
3730 (R: May 1919) Disc mx: 6607-C (50525-R) NY: Feb 4, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra  
Johnny’s in town (Yellen-Meyer-Olman)
Chorus is Charles Hart, Steve Porter, and Frederic Thomas.
     
3742 (R: Jun 1919) Disc mx: 6631-C (50525-L) NY: Feb 20, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Bring back those wonderful days (Vincent)
     
3777 (R: Jul 1919) Disc mx: 6666-C (50538-L) NY: Mar 13, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
All those in favor say “Aye” (Kennedy)
Chorus is Billy Murray, John Young, Steve Porter, Donald Chalmers, and Edward Meeker (the first four comprising the Premier Quartet).
     
3796 (R: Aug 1919) Disc mx: 6707-C (50543-R) NY: Apr 4, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra
Don’t forget the Salvation Army (My doughnut girl) (Brown-Frisch)
Chorus is Billy Murray, John Young, Steve Porter, Donald Chalmers (i.e., the Premier Quartet).
     
3801 (R: Aug 1919) Disc mx: 6753-C (no disc issue) NY: Apr 29, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra  
[Blue-eyed, blonde-haired] Heart-breaking baby doll (Mitchell-Hess)


   
Fields, along with Irving and Jack Kaufman, became exclusive to Emerson in September 1919. The following Edison recordings, made prior to that event, were issued after the Emerson signing.

3836 (R: Oct 1919) Disc mx: 6831 (50584-L) NY: Jun 12, 1919
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra  
Ragging the chopsticks (Frankl-Gottler)
     
3855 (R: Nov 1919) Disc mx: 6490 (no disc issue) NY: Dec 5, 1918
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra, with incidental vocalists
I’m true to them all (Cohan)
Assisted by Marion Evelyn Cox and Marie Kaiser (listed as De Kyzer in the studio cash book).
     
4587 (R: Sep 1922) Disc mx: 5644-A (no disc issue) NY: Jun 27, 1917
Helen Clark (as Grace Woods) & Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
Sweet mama (Donaldson)
   

    
Fields returned to Edison from 1926, where he was used primarily as a band vocalist:
     
5161 (R: Jul 1926) Disc mx: 10923-A (51734-L) NY: Apr 13, 1926
Jack Stillman’s Orchestra     Vcl: Arthur Fields
Roses — Fox trot (Britt-Tobias)
     
5162 (R: Jun 1926) Disc mx: 10933-B (51736-L) NY: Apr 20, 1926
Nathan Glantz & his Orchestra (as Tennessee Happy Boys)     Vcl: Arthur Fields
That certain feeling — Fox trot (Gershwin-Gershwin; “Tip-Toes”)
This group’s identity is confirmed in the studio cash book.
     
5165 (R: Jun 1926) Disc mx: 10932-A (51736-R) NY: Apr 20, 1926
Nathan Glantz & his Orchestra (as Tennessee Happy Boys)     Vcl: Arthur Fields
Tie me to your apron strings again (Shay-Goodwin)
This group’s identity is confirmed in the studio cash book.
     
5202 (R: Aug 1926) Disc mx: 11034-A (51786-R) NY: Jun 8, 1926
Arthur Fields     Acc: R. Elkins & orchestra (A. Aslanoff, director)
My dream of the big parade (Dubin-McHugh)
     
5224 (R: Oct 1926) Disc mx: 11159 (51814-R) NY: Aug 10, 1926
California Ramblers (as Golden Gate Orchestra)     Vcl: Arthur Fields
Looking at the world through rose-colored glasses — Fox trot (Malie-Steiger)
     
5266 (R: Jan 1927) Disc mx: 11322-C (51885-R) NY: Nov 19, 1926
Oreste [Migliaccio] & his Queensland Orchestra     Vcl: Arthur Fields
Thinking of you — Fox trot (Donaldson-Ash)
Oreste’s full name is confirmed in the studio cash book and other Edison documentation.
     
5323 (R: May 1927) Disc mx: 11545-A (51967-R) NY: Mar 1, 1927
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra
In a little Spanish town (’twas on a night like this) (Wayne-Lewis-Young)
     
5329 (R: May 1927) Disc mx: 11160-B (51820-L) NY: Aug 10, 1926
California Ramblers (as Golden Gate Orchestra)     Vcl: Arthur Fields
Me too — Fox trot (Woods-Tobias-Sherman)
     
5360 (R: Jul 1927) Disc mx: 11681-A (52014-R) NY: May 3, 1927
California Ramblers (as Golden Gate Orchestra)     Vcl: Arthur Fields
Hallelujah! — Fox trot (Youmans; “Hit the Deck”)
     
5431 (R: Dec 1927) Disc mx: [E] 11969-A (52123-R) NY: Oct 20, 1927
Arthur Fields & his Assassinators     Vcl: Arthur Fields
Is it possible? (That she loves me) — Fox trot (Woods-Dixon)
First Edison recording by this group. Although some discographies claim this group was Fred Hall’s Orchestra, that identity is neither confirmed nor refuted by the Edison files. The studio cash books show payment was made for this and other similarly credited issues to “Arthur Fields & Company,” with no mention of Hall.
     
5523 (R: Jul 1928) Disc mx: [E] 18344 (52264-R) NY: Mar 28, 1928
Arthur Fields & his Assassinators    Vcl: Arthur Fields
Hello, Montreal! — Fox trot (Warren-Rose-Dixon)
See comments at 5431 concerning the identity of this group.
     
5525 (R: Jun 1928) Disc mx: [E] 18419 (52283-L) NY: Apr 19, 1928
Arthur Fields    Acc: Orchestra (Irwin Schloss, director)
Well, the Irish and the Germans got together (Turk-Ahlert)
     
5526 (R: Jun 1928) Disc mx: [E] 18418 (52283-R) NY: Apr 19, 1928
Arthur Fields     Acc: Chorus & orchestra (Irwin Schloss, director)
They landed over here from over there (Kennedy-Donovan)
Chorus is Charles Hart, Fred Vettel, Andrea Sarto, and Donad Chalmers.
     
5546 (R: Jul 1928) Disc mx: [E] 18349-A (52316-R) NY: Mar 30, 1928
Arthur Fields     Acc: Orchestra (Irwin Schloss, director)
Laugh, clown, laugh (Lewis-Young-Fiorito)
     
5550 (R: Jul 1928) Disc mx: [E] 18343-A (52264-L) NY: Mar 28, 1928
Arthur Fields & his Assassinators     Vcl: Arthur Fields
She’s a great, great girl — Fox trot (Woods)
See comments at 5431 concerning the identity of this group.
 
5619: Pop Collins & his Boys [Jerry Macy & Company] — Several discographies, including Russell’s Country Music Records, cite this in error as a likely pseudonym for Arthur Fields. The artist’s correct identity is confirmed in the studio cash book and other Edison documentation.
     
5684 (R: Apr 1929) Disc mx: [E] 19074- (52553-R) NY: Mar 20, 1929
Arthur Fields & his Assassinators     Vcl: Arthur Fields
I faw down an’ go boom! (Brockman-Stevens)
Cylinder dubbed from take F, G, or H (remakes of March 5, 1929; takes A, B, C; simultaneous lateral-cut disc recordings were also made on that date, on mx. N765). See comments at 5431 concerning the identity of this group.

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