The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Richard J. Jose

Richard J. Jose

Birth
Lanner, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Death 20 Oct 1941 (aged 79)
San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Olive, Lawn 6, Lot 31, Grave 1
Memorial ID 110175064 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Born in Cornwall, England, Richard Jose (pronounced like rose) left after his father died to find his uncle. His uncle had gone to seek his fortune in the gold fields of California and later in the state of Nevada to look for silver. Reunited with his uncle Richard settled in Nevada working as a blacksmith during the day and singing in bars at night for charity. In 1884 he joined a minstrel troupe and went to California. In 1896 he married Theresa Shreve. He won a gold medal from the Academy of Music, New York City. Between October 27, 1903 and 1906, he recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company, and his version of "Silver Threads Among the Gold" was a hit. In 1905 and 1906, he toured with his own minstrel show, and in 1906, was injured when a stage curtain fell on him.

In 1915, Jose sang the song "Silver Threads Among the Gold" in a silent short movie of the same name, by Pierce Kingsley and R. R. Roberts. After retiring from entertainment, Jose became a California Deputy Real Estate Commissioner.

Mr. Jose's unique and beautiful voice was a countertenor, and is one of the first recording artists in history. After he became famous, he changed his name to Jose with an accent on the "e," pronounced like San Jose.


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Created by: Hilary S
  • Added: 7 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110175064
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard J. Jose (5 Jun 1862–20 Oct 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110175064, citing Olivet Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Hilary S (contributor 47400037) .