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Popular tenor ballad singer Charles Harrison was born on September 11, 1878. One of the busiest recording artists of the acoustic era, Harrison began his recording career in 1911 with the Columbia Phonograph Company.

Success came quickly with the 1912 back-to-back top ten hits “I’m Falling in Love With Someone” and “Wallflower Sweet.” He had his first #1 hit in 1913 with ‘Peg O’ My Heart’ and then ‘Ireland Must Be Heaven, For My Mother Came From There’ (#1, 1916) and ‘I’m Always Chasing Rainbows’ (#1, 1918).

Simultaneously recording as a solo artist, Harrison also performed as a member of the era’s most popular quartets. He was a founding member of the Columbia Stellar Quartet, performeing as first tenor until the quartet disbanded in 1921. He was also a member of the Columbia Mixed Quartet and in September 1925 joined Albert Campbell, John H. Meyer, and Frank Croxton to form a Peerless Quartet that was an alternative to Henry Burr's quartet of the same name. Harrison formed the American Singers Quartet around 1927, with tenor Redferne Hollinshead, baritone Vernon Archibald, and Frank Croxton. Lambert Murphy later replaced Hollinshead. By 1924 organized the Eveready Mixed Quartet for the popular variety show The Eveready Hour radio show.

From 1930-1935, Harrison performed on Broadway in the hit productions of This One Man, Precedent, The Sellout and One More Honeymoon.

Charles Harrison died February 2, 1965.


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