Myers, usually identified on records as J.W. Myers, was arguably the leading baritone balladeer in the first decade of commercial recordings, working regularly from the early 1890s to about 1905. He is not to be confused with singer John Meyer, who sang first as bass and then as baritone for the Peerless Quartet. John W.
Myers was immediately recognizable for his distinctive handlebar mustache. Born in Wales, he emigrated to America at age twelve and worked at various jobs, eventually becoming a theatrical manager in New York. He resigned his managerial position in 1895 to tour with an opera company. Myers possessed a rich baritone voice. He founded the Globe Phonograph Record Company by November 1896. Globe folded after a short period. Myers' recording career was probably at its peak in 1902 with recordings for the Columbia and Victor labels.
He recorded versions of two of the most popular songs of 1902--"On A Sunday Afternoon" and "In the Good Old Summertime". Two of his later recordings were "Come Take A Trip In My Air-Ship" and "He's Me Pal" from 1905. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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