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For November 1997...

This month:   A fun "rube duet" – Down at the Huskin' Bee – from 1909, sung by Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan.


Down at the Huskin' Bee
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 10234
Category Rube duet
Title Down at the Huskin' Bee
Performed by Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan
Circa 1909
Announcement None

Baritone Arthur Collins was the most frequently recorded vocalist of the early 20th Century. He recorded over 200 solos for Edison alone. Close behind Collins numerically was tenor Byron G. Harlan, making over 130 solo recordings for Edison and dozens for Columbia and other companies.

Together, Collins and Harlan were a very popular singing team, becoming virtually an institution in the recording industry (for Edison, they recorded over 100 duets). To an entire generation of Americans, "sung by Collins and Harlan" was a household expression.

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