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John H Bieling
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Birth: Mar., 1869
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 1948

John H. Bieling was the son of Henry and Mary Bieling. He was the husband of Ellen Nellie" E. (McEvoy) Bieling. "He is one of the most recorded tenors in history." - was nicknamed "The Canary" because of his sweet and pure-toned tenor voice.

The Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Foundation
American Quartet (inducted 2004)

"The name "American Quartet" was employed by a few emsembles, including one that made around 1901 discs for the Victor Talking Machine Company and cylinders for the Lambert Company of Chicago. But the group with this name that enjoyed the most popularity was formed in 1909 and originally consisted of first tenor JOHN BIELING; second tenor Billy Murray; baritone Steve Porter; and bass William F. Hooley,--- - "John H. Bierling was a tenor and member of some of the most frequently recorded vocal groups in the earliest days of commercial recording. Born and raised in New Yorks's Fourteenth Ward, as a young man Bieling worked in a stained glass factory through the week and spent his weekends singing in a barbershop quartet in the Bowery. Consisting of Bieling, George J. Gaskin, Joe Riley and Walter Snow, the group called itself the Manhansett (or "Manhasset") Quartet. In 1892 the Manhansett Quartet made its first recordings for the United States Phonograph Company in Newark, and until its break-up in 1901, the Manhansett Quartet recorded for practically every record company on the Eastern Seaboard, including Columbia, Edison, Berliner and others. BIELING WAS NICKNAMED "tHE CANARY", as his SWEET AND PURE-TONED VOICE never resulted in "blasting", a type of over-modulation germane to acoustical records. George Gaskibn signed an exclusive contract with Columbia beginning in 1901, and broke-up the Manhansett Quartet. With singers S. H. Dudley, Harry McDonough and William F. Hooley, Bieling formed a new group, the Haydn (or "Hayden") Quartet and began recording hymns, ballads, Christmas songs and minstrel material for Victor (the group also recorded as the Edison Quartet for Edison.) In 1909 the Victor Company deceded they wanted to make some quartet records featuring their star tenor Billy Murray in popular material, and recruited Bieling and Hooley from the Haydn Quartet to form (along with Steve Porter) the American Quartet. In 1912, when countertenor Will Oakland began making a series of records with the group, they became the re-christened Heidelberg Quintet. Bieling had injured his vocal chords during a 1910 session for Edison requiring him to produce cowboy "whoops." Doing triple-duty with the American, Haydn and Heidelberg groups was taxing his voice past the breaking point, and finally something had to give. In the summer of 1913 John Bieling decided henceforward to refrain from all singing, making his last records with the American Quartet on September 3, 1913. Bieling then went to work in the sales department of Victor. By 1915 he had left the company, and ultimately became a dealer, running his own Victrola shops. In 1916 he opted for retirement and settled in Hempstead, Long Island. An April, 1914 edition of the trade publication Talking Machine World described Bieling as "one of the best-known artists in the Victor Library." But due to his charter membership in the pseudo-anonymous Manhansett, Haydn, Edison and American quartets and the Heidelberg Quintet, Bieling probably seldom enjoyed the privilege of seeing his own name on a record label. Perhaps he did not desire to - after all a series of duets he made in the Gay 'Nineties' with George Gaskin were billed as by "Gaskin and Livingston." Nonetheless the sheer matter of having performed as a mnember of these vocal groups during this time period means that JOHN BIERLING IS ONE OF THE MOST RECORDED TENORS IN HISTORY. The total number of records he made may never be known, but it certainly would be in excess of a thousand titles and perhaps thousands more.
Written by Uncle Dave Lewis - All Music Guild (AMG)

Victor - Encyclopedic Discography Of Victor Recordings
JOHN H. BIELING
(Vocalist: Tenor Vocal)

The Edison Phonograph Monthly
Vol. VIII - October 1910 - No. 10
Front Cover
Pictures of The Premier Quartet with JOHN H. BIELING, Wm F. Hooley, Billy Murray and Steve Porter

Motion Picture Broadcasting Sound Division
Papers from the Jim Walsh Collection - 1903-1990
Series 5 - Photographs, 1867-circa 1985, and undated container
Box 11 - Folder 279 and 280
Contents: BIELING, JOHN H. (1869-1948), undated




 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ellen E McEvoy Bieling (1870 - 1908)*
 
 Children:
  Frederick W Bieling (____ - 1969)*
  George B Bieling (____ - 1964)*
  Charlotte K Bieling Conlin (1896 - 1975)*
  John Dewey Bieling (1898 - 1920)*
  Ellen E Bieling Michener (1900 - 1964)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"Father"
 
Burial:
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Flushing
Queens County
New York, USA
Plot: 2-6A
 
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: May 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69473610
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Thank you for your beautiful harmonious sound and quartetting perfection. You will not be forgotten.
- VW73
 Added: Dec. 4, 2012
 
 
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