The Peerless Quartet, originally formed in the 1890’s as the Columbia Male Quartet, found huge success beginning in 1902 with the lineup of tenors Henry Burr and Albert Campbell, baritone Steve Porter and bass Tom Daniels. By 1906, Frank Stanley had replaced Daniels and he became both the lead singer and manager as the group became known as the Peerless. Arthur Collins took Porter’s place in 1909. After Stanley’s death in 1910, John Meyer became the new bass and Burr took over as leader. Collins departed in late 1918 and was succeeded by Frank Croxton. The Burr-Campbell-Meyer-Croxton lineup remained intact through 1925 when Burr formed a new Peerless Quartet with three new partners until the group finally dissolved for good in 1928.
From 1904 through 1926, the Peerless Quartet was responsible for over 100 top ten hit recordings including the #1 hits ‘You’re the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline’ (1904), ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’ (1911), ‘I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be A Soldier’ (1915), ‘My Bird of Paradise’ (1915), ‘The Lights of My Home Town’ (1916), ‘Over There’ (1917) and ‘I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m On My Way’ (1918).
As a group, the Peerless Quartet is the ninth top artist from 1890-1954.