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of the earliest sheet music covers to picture Murray. "The Black
Sheep Loves You Best of All" was copyrighted in 1897, but this
is a later edition, set up to accomodate custom printings on which
different performers' pictures were inserted to
announcement of Billy Murray's first Victor releases, in the
A new Murray portrait appeared in the April 1906 Victor supplement.
"The Grand Old Rag" —
(Left) An early Murray appearance on sheet music (Howley, Haviland & Dresser, 1903). Music publishers sometimes customized their covers with different performers' photos, for a fee, which appears to have been the case with this title. An alternate version (right) pictures one Belle Belmont — does anyone know who she was? She also appeared on Howley, Haviland & Dresser's 1903 cover of "Up in a Cocoanut Tree," another song that Murray recorded.(Jill Sutton / Art Dickson)
A portion of the Victor recording ledger book for December 5, 1911,
covering an American Quartet session.
One of the crowd: By 1913, Victor had generally stopped giving its
studio artists individual listings
Murray and other popular studio artists of 1914, from the Victor
Monthly Supplement. Note that Victor
Murray and other Victor black-label artists, from the June 1916
Billy Murray's 1916 Victor records catalog blurb used a much earlier
on the cover of a song he didn't record for Victor. Victor
instead assigned the song to William J.
A Victor publicity stunt, circa 1918–19, with Murray at the wheel of his Haynes Roadster. (Dick Carty)
One of the last advertisements for Murray as a freelance artist
Announcement that Murray, Henry Burr, and the other members of the
Peerless Quartet had signed exclusive
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